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Saul Alvarez wants to conquer Asia and Europe.

The Mexican boxer had to cancel his fight set for September due to the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. He is looking to stage the bout in another part of the world.

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Saul Alvarez wants to conquer Asia and Europe.

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is still scheduled to fight on 12 September in the United States but due to the coronavirus pandemic and the recent spike in new cases, the Mexican boxer is looking to move the bout overseas according to Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez.

Canelo has been training throughout the pandemic and while he has no opponent at the moment, he is looking to fight either in Japan or the United Kingdom. "We've talked about it, and he obviously wants to expand his brand and his likeness, and I think that would be sensational if we could get something done in the UK," Gomez told Boxing Social. We've talked about going to Japan as well, and I think he wants to start to travel and fight outside the US. I think it's going to create a bigger market for himself”.

Several names on his opponents list

Canelo had to cancel his fight in May against the WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders because of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. As the weeks pass he still has no set opponent to fight in September but he is willing to fight Saunders if an agreement is reached with him or any other boxer who is willing to fight amid the pandemic.

"We're all for it. We never had a finalized deal with Saunders. We were discussing the possibility of doing that fight, and then the pandemic hit, and we had to stop everything. Everything came to a screeching halt. It's unfortunate, but maybe it can happen in the future. We don't know," Gomez said. "I know Billy Joe has essentially said that he's not going to fight for the rest of the year. Maybe I'm mistaken. I don't know for sure. But if the fight can be made in the future, I think it would be a terrific fight. Any or all of them. They're all world-class fighters, and that's the kind of fighter that Canelo wants to fight. Any and all of them would make a good match. They'll be tough fights because they're championship level fighters”.

In 2018 the 30-year-old boxer signed a contract with DAZN for a 5-year, 11-fight deal worth a minimum of $365 million, making him at that moment the highest-paid athlete in the world. According to ESPN, DAZN wants Alvarez to take a pay cut for the fight in September - his camp however, are keen to avoid that.