Fightful Boxing Newsletter (1/30/2020) Table Of Contents:

  1. Canelo Alvarez vs. Ryota Murata: Is It Possible? More On Canelo's Future (Page 1)
  2. State Of The Heavyweight Division In 2020 (Page 2)
  3. Update On Various WBO Title Situations (Page 3)
  4. Jose Ramirez vs. Viktor Postol Canceled (Page 4)
  5. Alejandra Jimenez Fails Drug Test (Page 5)
  6. Fightful Boxing Rankings (Page 6-7)

Canelo Alvarez vs. Ryota Murata: Is It Possible? More On Canelo's Future

With Canelo Alvarez now looking for legacy fights and matchups that will further cement his status as an all-time great and global star, a number of names have emerged as potential candidates for his next fight, including Billy Joe Saunders, Callum Smith and Ryota Murata.

For those who don’t know who Murata is, he is the WBA’s “Regular” middleweight champion and a superstar in Japan, drawing viewership numbers for his fight domestically that virtually no other boxer in the world could possibly match with their home country. Outside of Japan, Murata isn’t really followed too much aside from hardcore boxing fans and Top Rank Boxing followers. Plus, he’s typically not regarded as a top five middleweight.

So why is it that the Alvarez camp seem so willing to meet up with Murata’s camp in order to make a fight where Alvarez would be the one traveling to Japan sometime this spring?

On the surface, that may seem far fetched given how Alvarez’s immediate future will more than likely involve a fight at super middleweight next and the fact that Murata is promoted by Top Rank. The issue, to some, isn’t that Murata’s American promoter is Top Rank, but it’s the fact that Matchroom Boxing and DAZN has so many other boxers for Canelo to fight that would seemingly be easier to make such as Gennadiy Golovkin, Callum Smith, Billy Joe Saunders, Demetrius Andrade and John Ryder to name a few.

But when you peel off the promotional layers of the parties involved, making that fight isn’t as difficult as one would think. It is true that Murata’s American promoter is Top Rank Boxing, but his Japanese promoter is Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions. That name does ring a bell to followers of Golden Boy Promotions because Teiken is the Japanese promoter of Jorge Linares, whose American promoter is Golden Boy. There’s also the history that Top Rank, Golden Boy and Teiken share from 2018 when Linares fought Vasiliy Lomachenko in the main event of an ESPN-televised card at Madison Square Garden.

Those three promotional bodies are the same ones that would be in play for Alvarez vs. Murata. The possibilities of that fight happening at some point in the future are further strengthened by an interview Alvarez did with DAZN while in Saudi Arabia for the Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 fight in December. In that interview, Alvarez mentioned how he would like to potentially fight in Japan one day and although he didn’t mention Murata by name, one can imagine who Alvarez was referencing when talking about fighting in Japan.

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