CANELO ALVAREZ has started talks to face Britain’s John Ryder – and could be in line for a massive British boxing debut.
The Mexican is looking to avenge his light heavyweight loss to Dmitry Bivol next September but will return before that in a fight in May.
And after defeating Gennady Golovkin, 40, in their trilogy fight last September, Canelo, 32, retained his undisputed super middleweight crown.
And Ryder, 34, became the WBO mandatory contender after beating Zach Parker, 28, in November.
He’s in line for a shot at Canelo and promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed negotiations are ongoing.
He told DAZN: “I’ve been speaking to Eddie Reynoso and the team for the past few days; we’re negotiating this fight right now.
“Of course Canelo has options, it doesn’t have to be John Ryder, but he is the duty.
“We’re trying to agree a deal with Canelo Alvarez and we’re also trying to agree a deal with John Ryder.
“We’d like to see this fight international, something a little different for Saul and hopefully we can get a deal on for that in the coming weeks.”
Venues in Europe, America and the Middle East are options for Canelo that could pave the way for a UK debut.
Hearn said: “UK, Middle East, even the US, Mexico.
“Saul can fight anywhere, but taking him around the world has always been a plan of mine and I’d love to be a part of it.”
Canelo was beaten by WBA light heavyweight champion Bivol, 32, in May 2022, but the pair is set for a rematch later this year.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/7179899/canelo-alvarez-john-ryder-boxing-fight/ Canelo Alvarez opens talks to return against Britain’s John Ryder, with the boxing superstar in line for a massive debut fight in the UK