Eddy Reynoso, head trainer and manager of Mexican superstar Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, is looking forward to a very big year for his boxer.
On May 7th, Canelo return to the light heavyweight division to challenge undefeated WBA world champion Dmitry Bivol.
Should Canelo win, he will return to the ring in September - for planned trilogy fight with Gennadiy Golovkin.
Golovkin has to do his part in order to finalize the trilogy, by defeating Ryota Murata on April 9 in Japan.
Canelo's handlers are not looking too far ahead, as Reynoso admits the fight with Bivol is a very dangerous scenario.
“Whenever you go up in weight it is a risk, because you are going to face fighters who are used to handling a certain amount of pounds at the time of the fight. It is a risk that Canelo takes against an undefeated fighter [Bivol] with good victories, it is an important challenge for his career," Reynoso told A Los Golpes.
“As for Golovkin, let's see how he stacks up against Murata. There are fighters who from one fight to the next can become an old man and others who after 40 have made their best fights. Nowadays we don't know, we have to see how he looks against Murata. That fight is going to be the guideline to see what Golovkin offers against Canelo.”
And if Golovkin is defeated, or suffers a serious injury during the fight, then Canelo will explore an undisputed fight with the winner of the June 18 light heavyweight unification between Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith.
“We have some clauses in the event that Saúl does not go against Golovkin... there may be a cut, injury, accident, etc. So, if we win in May, we could have the doors open to make a fight against the winner of Beterbiev and Smith. We have a good relationship with [Top Rank's CEO] Bob Arum, and it's a fight that I think is going to happen sooner or later," Reynoso said.