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Canelo vs Who?IBF Pushes Mandatory Bout, Boxing Fans Crave Dream Fights

Undisputed super middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez finds himself in a peculiar situation. While his sights are set on mega-fights, the IBF is pushing for him to defend his IBF title against mandatory challenger William Scull (22-0, 9 KOs).


IBF Orders Purse Bid:

On Monday, the IBF ordered a purse bid for the Canelo-Scull fight after negotiations between the camps failed to reach an agreement. The purse bid will be held on June 6th in New Jersey.

Scull: A Controversial Choice?

Many boxing insiders consider Scull, a relatively unknown fighter with a recent win over Sean Hemphill, a weak opponent for Canelo's caliber. This is further complicated by the fact that the WBA also has its own mandatory challenger, Edgar Berlanga, potentially pushing Scull aside.

Canelo's Dream Fights:

While the IBF and WBA jostle for mandatory position, Canelo has his eyes on bigger prizes. Potential opponents include:

  • David Benavidez: An exciting matchup between two undefeated champions.

  • Terence Crawford: A potential cross-divisional superfight, if Crawford wins his upcoming bout.

  • Saudi Arabia Showdown: Talks are ongoing for a lucrative fight in Saudi Arabia against an unnamed opponent.

Next Steps:

The IBF and WBA will need to clarify which mandatory challenger has priority. Meanwhile, Canelo's team explores options for a September fight weekend, potentially aligning with Mexican Independence Day.

The Verdict:

While a mandatory defense against Scull might not be the most electrifying option, Canelo's future holds the promise of blockbuster fights against some of boxing's biggest names.


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