Canelo Alvarez will fight Billy Joe Saunders in super-middleweight unification fight followed by GGG, claims Eddie Hearn

EDDIE HEARN is backing Canelo Alvarez to target Billy Joe Saunders and Gennady Golovkin in 2021.

The Mexican cemented his reputation as one the greatest super-middleweights after destroying Callum Smith over 12 rounds on Saturday night in Texas.

The bruising victory meant he successfully stole the WBA super middleweight title and claimed the vacant WBC belt.

Alvarez is now a four division world champion and has plans to target the remaining belts with Joe Saunders holding the WBO and Caleb Plant with the IBF.

After the scrap, which left Smith bloodied and battered, he said: "I feel great at 168-pounds.

"I don't want to fight the scales and after 13 months you can see what I can do.

"This is one of the best nights I have had, one of the greatest nights. I will go for more. I want all the belts, it doesn't matter who has them,"

And Matchroom promoter Hearn, who has Joe Saunders on his books, is already plotting next year's programme.

He told BBC Sport: ""He loves to take on the best, he's a hell of a fighter.

"Billy Joe Saunders and then GGG in that order. I think he's going to want to pick up the other belts in the division. I think he'll go for Billy next."




Alvarez was supposed to take on BJS in May but the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However their rescheduled scrap may have to be put further on hold because Avni Yildirim is currently the WBC mandatory challenger.

As part of the deal to fight Smith, Alvarez must defend his belt against Yildirim within 90 days.

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