- Miguel Maravilla
Canelo Vacates Light Heavyweight Title
Mexican superstar and four-division world champion Saul "Canelo "Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) has vacated the WBO's Light Heavyweight World Title. Canelo won the WBO title by stopping Sergey Kovalev last month. Canelo will maintain his status and privileges as a WBO Super Champion, including the privilege to be designated mandatory challenger to the WBO titleholder in any division. "I know that my accomplishments in the ring have brought pride to my fans and my country. I have long enjoyed my relationship with the WBO and appreciate all they do to preserve and enhance the sport of boxing. This agreement allows the WBO to have its light heavyweight title contested regularly and allows me to pursue bouts against the best opponents, regardless of weight class." Canelo said "We completely support the decision made by Canelo Alvarez and the WBO," said Oscar De La Hoya,Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. "Canelo made history by stopping Sergey Kovalev in impressive fashion to become a four-division world champion. Not only did he show that he is a real threat at 175 pounds, but he also demonstrated that he is fully capable of moving across several divisions to look for the most exciting fights for the fans.