September 20th, 2018; By Wilson Urena
Promoter Oscar De La Hoya has reiterated that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will return to the ring this year, on December 15th. He has now floated two possible opponents for Alvarez. One of the names is World Boxing Association (WBA) mandatory challenger David Lemieux and the other being World Boxing Council (WBC) mandatory challenger Jermall Charlo.
Alvarez who became the unified middleweight champion of the world this past weekend, defeating Gennady Golovkin by majority decision. Alvarez suffered a deep cut over his left eye and his return is predicated on being medically cleared to fight.
Lemieux was in action this past weekend scoring a dynamic first-round knockout (KO) over Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan. With the victory, he became the WBA mandatory challenger. If Lemieux was to land the bout, it would be his third shot at a major title. He has fallen short before, most recently being dominated by World Boxing Organization (WBO) titlist Billy Joe Saunders. Lemiuex, of course, lost his IBF world middleweight crown to Gennady Golovkin in October 2015
Jermall Charlo became the mandatory challenger when he defeated Hugo Centeno Jr. by second round KO. Charlo is unbeaten and the former International Boxing Federation (IBF) super welterweight titlist. He decided to move up to middleweight last year and is the interim WBC middleweight champion. The Houston native has been calling for this bout for quite some time.
Either of these men are viable options. But Lemieux is the clear front-runner to land the bout. Should Alvarez receive medical clearance and go on to fight in December and win. It will more than likely set up the trilogy between Alvarez and Golovkin at earliest in May, for Cinco de Mayo weekend.