Canelo Alvarez announces return on May 4th in Las Vegas, but does not name opponent

Saul Canelo Alvarez appeared in a televised press conference today along with Mexican broadcasting giant TV Azteca. 

The current undisputed super-middleweight world champion sat on stage to announce some information on his next fight, and that he will extend his contract with the Mexican television company. 

He did also reveal a date and location for his next fight, of May 4 in Las Vegas, but did not announce an opponent. However, he said he would face an American, effectively ruling out Jaime Munguia.

“Well, obviously we know that I'm going to fight on May 4.” Canelo said. “We are preparing some details with the opponent, but I hope that this week, if not by the end of this week, we can announce the opponent. But we already know that it's going to be in Las Vegas on May 4, but the truth is that the most important announcement, is that another year with TV Azteca, that I'm proud to be with you. I am proud to be with you because for me, personally and for many, you guys are the best, you are the ones who do things 100 per cent and who give your soul to boxing, to this beautiful sport, and I am very grateful to be with you for another year.”

It had been reported by The Ring that Canelo will face-off with current WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo ahead of Canelo’s appearance on TV Azteca. 

“We know, and they wanted to come to Mexico to bring the platforms that they have, via pay-per-view, and for me it's a priority that people can see my fights for free.” Canelo added. “That's why I'm with you, and thank God, I have the opportunity to decide what I do, and for me it's a priority that people in Mexico can see my fights for free. I think it's a win-win, right? You win, I win and best of all, the people win.”

Canelo (60-2-2, 39 KOs) defeated Charlo’s twin brother, Jermell, in a wide unanimous decision in his most recent outing last September at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. 

He was asked during the press conference, how long he will continue fighting, “I don’t know, but at least five years we have left,” Canelo responded.

Charlo (33-0, 22 KOs) has seen a large period of inactivity, keeping the two-weight world champion out of the ring for nearly two-and-a-half years until he returned in a non-title bout with Jose Benavidez Jr last November.