Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum is backing Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez to capture the WBA light heavyweight title, when he challenges undefeated world champion Dmitry Bivol.
The fight takes place on Saturday night from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Canelo, who is currently the undisputed champion at super middleweight, had previously fought at light heavyweight in 2019 - when he moved up and knocked out Sergey Kovalev to capture the WBO title. Canelo vacated the belt and dropped down to 168-pounds in the aftermath.
"I think Canelo is something special. Bivol is a good fighter, but I would side with Canelo in that fight. He is a warrior and he has a great trainer like Eddy Reynoso, so I think he has too much for Bivol, who is not a real puncher. [Bivol] is a competitive guy who has a few good wins," Arum told Little Giant Boxing.
Arum would like to make a deal with Canelo, to fight the winner of the upcoming light heavyweight unification between Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith - who battle for the WBC, WBO, IBF titles in June.
Before Canelo can think about that, he has another obligation coming up.
Should Canelo win, he will then move forward to a trilogy fight with Gennadiy Golovkin in September. Golovkin, who holds the WBA, IBF world titles at middleweight, will head up to 168 to collide with the Mexican star.
Arum hopes to match the Beterbiev-Smith winner against Canelo in May of next year.
"Canelo first has to take care of his business against Bivol. He has an obligation to fight Golovkin, so we would be talking about May of next year for a possible unification at 175 pounds," Arum said.