The undisputed super-middleweight title clash between Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez and Nashville’s unbeaten Caleb Plant is back on track for a new date in November.
Following yesterday’s revelation from promoter Eddie Hearn that Canelo’s next outing had been pushed back from September 18 and Mexican Independence Day weekend to November, the long-discussed fight with Plant is now on the table again after negotiations had previously reached a roadblock.
Canelo’s manager and trainer Eddy Reynoso is hoping to finalise a one-fight deal with the Al Haymon-promoted Plant (21-0, 12 KOs). WBC, WBA Super and WBO champion Canelo (56-1-2, 38 KOs) requires Plant’s IBF belt to seal undisputed status at 168lbs.
After talks with Plant previously fell through, Canelo had seemingly inched close to a fight with WBA Super 175lbs champion Dmitry Bivol, at a catchweight, before negotiations for the super-middleweight showdown resumed.
Bivol is now off the table completely as promotional free agent Canelo seeks a one-fight deal, and no more, with Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions.
“The project we have before us now [is] to unify at 168. We are working real hard on this and hope to get all this together,” Reynoso told The Athletic.
“We are free agents and go fight-by-fight.”