Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez could still fight before end of 2020, says trainer

"We have confidence that we can do something before the end of the year..."

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez's head trainer, Eddy Reynoso, has refused to rule out his fighter returning to the ring before the end of 2020.

Alvarez has been out of the ring since November 2019 when he won via an 11th-round knockout against Sergey Kovalev.

He was due to fight in May, with Billy Joe Saunders being mentioned as his opponent. But this bout was called off as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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'Canelo' is still yet to return to the ring because he is involved in an ongoing lawsuit against Golden Boy Promotions and DAZN.

It looks unlikely at the moment that he could fight before the end of the year, with no opponent in the pipeline just yet. But footage has emerged in recent weeks of him training as he prepares for his eventual comeback.

Reynoso told ESPN that Alvarez is keeping in shape, and he also spoke on potential fights against Errol Spence, Caleb Plant, Callum Smith and Jermall Charlo:

"We are really working as if we were going to fight, we have always had that criterion, you have to be in the gym for whatever comes, so we have confidence that we can do something before the end of the year, and if not, well, to fight in the early months of the following year, that's why we are active and we are working in the gym daily.

"With what Spence says [about facing Canelo at middleweight], it would be a good fight, it's difficult [to make] because of the weight [difference].

"To begin with we have to see how [Spence] returns [after the accident] ... I don't think we can make 160-pounds right now after a year without fighting... these are factors that can be complicated.

"Plant has been showing that he is a very good fighter at 168. Smith is at 168, it was shown the last time he fought... that in my opinion he did not win the fight [with John Ryder].

"I don't think he can handle [making] 168-pounds any longer. Charlo has been rising, he has been advancing, it would be a big and important fight, but that fight has to take place next year."

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The sooner 'Canelo' can return to the ring the better. The sport is better with him around as he is currently one of boxing's biggest stars.

Alvarez is also one of the best draws in the sport, so there will be loads of fighters eager to step into the ring with him.

You hope that if he does not fight before the end of the year, he does early into 2021 at the latest. It is clear when looking at his training footage that he is focused and primed for a return.

Given the circumstances around his lay-off, you should expect to see a more driven 'Canelo' who is set on further asserting his dominance on the sport.

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