Bektemir Melikuziev can be added to the long list of foes looking to fight undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez. 

The 168-pound prospect Melikuziev is persistently looking to land a world title shot, but all roads in the division currently lead through Canelo Alvarez. 

The 2016 Olympics silver medalist Melikuziev (12-1, 9 KOs) will have another opportunity to further prove himself on Saturday when he takes on Alantez Fox (28-4-1, 13 KOs) as the co-feature of the Golden Boy Promotions card headlined by Gilberto Ramirez and Joe Smith Jr. on DAZN. 

“Super middleweight is definitely the comfortable division for me. We're going to get to the titles – whoever holds them. Or the biggest names. My priority is to be in the biggest fights possible,” Melikuziev told in an interview. 

“If I was to fight Canelo, it would be a very very explosive fight. We'd both be trying to hurt each other. That's what would happen.”

Alvarez scored a unanimous decision victory over the weekend against Jermell Charlo, and a fight against Melikuziev would be highly unlikely to happen at the moment. 

So the 27-year-old Uzbek must continue proving his top contender status. 

Fresh off a comfortable unanimous decision win in April against Gabriel Rosado to avenge the lone loss of his four-year pro career, Melikuziev is looking to make a statement with a win against the always-tricky Fox. 

“I know Fox is a very tough guy. No one ever looks good against him. He gives everyone a tough fight,” said Melikuziev. 

“We had a very great training camp. Everything went according to plan. At the end of the day, it doesn't make a difference who's the opponent. It doesn't matter how much of a size advantage he has. I'm going to do whatever it takes to win the fight. I'm also different from people that he fought before.” 

Melikuziev is currently ranked No. 7 by the WBA and No. 9 by the WBO at 168 pounds, and a win against Fox should allow him to ascend even further as he angles his way to becoming a mandatory challenger in the division. 

“The Gabriel Rosado fight was a very principal fight for me. I was very motivated for that fight. I'm staying more focused in between the fights and staying disciplined,” said Melikuziev. “Right now my goal is the world title. With the right preparation, we're ready for anyone.” 

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