Canelo Alvarez announces move to Premier Boxing Champions for September return

Undisputed world super-middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez has seemingly confirmed his next career move, and it will be heading away from Matchroom Boxing and DAZN.

Canelo on Twitter has all but confirmed that he will head to Premier Boxing Champions with a contest to take place in September of this year, he revealed on Instagram.

Now, Canelo will likely face Jermall Charlo, who recently entered the running to be the next name on Canelo’s ever-growing resume. Eddie Hearn, earlier this week in New York, stated that Alvarez and Charlo was virtually a done deal.

Recently Canelo has seen negotiations for a rematch between himself and Dmitrii Bivol hit a dead end after failing to agree on terms regarding financials and, most importantly, which weight the contest will be held at. Bivol had wanted to drop down to 168lbs to challenge for Canelo’s undisputed world super-middleweight titles, while Canelo wanted to stick to the original terms and weight (175lbs) and seek to redeem the second blemish on his record and capture the WBA world light-heavyweight title in the process at the second attempt.

Whispers had been circulating and confirmed by Canelo earlier this week that he wanted to step up to the cruiserweight division and challenge Badou Jack for the WBC world cruiserweight world title; however, Jack was unwilling to contest the title at a catchweight reportedly a little over the light-heavyweight limit of 175lbs.

This will not be the first time that Canelo has boxed under the PBC banner.

Canelo unified and ultimately became the undisputed world super-middleweight champion with a stoppage victory over Caleb Plant to capture the IBF world title and ultimately hold all the world titles at 168 lbs simultaneously.

Alvarez has been plying his trade with Matchroom boxing as far back as 2018 on various co-promotions with Golden Boy promotions before solely being promoted by Matchroom in association with Canelo Promotions in December 2020 when he faced Callum Smith. Bar the Plant contest, Matchroom Boxing has been involved with Canelo since his split from Oscar De La Hoya and the Golden Boy promotional entity.

Premier Boxing Champions on Twitter even gave a nod to Canelo’s announcement with a grinning emoji and pretty much confirmed what Canelo himself has published on Instagram.

Jermall Charlo, who is unbeaten in 32 contests, is a two-weight world champion and currently holds the WBC’s world title at 160lbs (middleweight) but has not fought since June of 2021 following a convincing points win over Juan Macias Montiel. A back injury and issues surrounding his mental health have hampered the WBC world middleweight champions and caused him to be out of the ring for over two years.

No details have emerged at what weight a contest between Canelo and Charlo will be held, but it will most likely see a defence of Canelo’s super-middleweight world titles.