Even though Canelo Alvarez is going to defend his WBA "Super" middleweight champion in May, that doesn't mean he won't still be one of the governing body's two super middleweight titleholders.
The WBA ruled that Alvarez will be allowed to keep his WBA "Regular" super middleweight title despite not indicating if he will ever move back up in weight to defend his title. The organization said in a ruling that Alvarez will be allowed to hold both titles in accordance with the organization’s rules, as it was the case with Floyd Mayweather Jr. some years ago. Mayweather was allowed to hold WBA world titles at welterweight and junior middleweight.
Alvarez won the WBA "Super" middleweight title in September 2018 when he defeated Gennady Golovkin in Las Vegas. Not only did Alvarez win the top WBA 160-pound title with the win against Golovkin, but he also captured the WBC title. Afterwards, Alvarez signed an 11-fight broadcast deal with DAZN and his first fight on the streaming service saw him stop Rocky Fielding in December to win the WBA "Regular" super middleweight title.
After the fight against Fielding, Alvarez made it clear that his next fight would take place at middleweight and for a very brief period, Alvarez was no longer listed on the WBA rankings as the secondary 168-pound champion. Once the ruling was made, Alvarez was placed back in the super middleweight rankings.
The 28-year-old Mexican is now scheduled to fight Daniel Jacobs on May 4 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fight will headline a boxing card on DAZN and will unify the WBA "Super," WBC and IBF middleweight world titles.