Promoter Eddie Hearn doesn’t believe an undisputed Super Middleweight title fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (56-1-2, 28 KOs) and Caleb Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) will be all that difficult to make.
After stopping Billy Joe Saunders following the eighth round of their highly anticipated title unification bout in front of more than 70,000 fans at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, Canelo, who now holds the WBA (Super), WBC, WBO, and Ring Magazine titles, made it clear that a bout against Plant, the IBF titleholder, is what he’s interested in next.
However, the only issue is that Plant is currently aligned with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions, which broadcasts events on FOX and Showtime. Canelo, meanwhile, just wrapped up a two-fight deal with Hearn that has seen him perform on DAZN.
As we’ve seen repeatedly in boxing, the biggest fights are often difficult to put together due to promotional boundaries. It’s important to note, however, that Canelo isn’t contractually bound to a network or a promoter. He’s a free agent free to fight for whoever he pleases on whatever platform he pleases.
It’s also true, though, that both Alvarez and Hearn have expressed interest in continuing to work together. Regardless, the British promoter doesn’t think it will be “complicated” to put the fight together.
“[It’s] not complicated,” Hearn said during a post-fight press conference early Sunday morning (via Boxing Scene). “It’s the beauty of Canelo’s decision to be a network free agent. So, it stops politics, it stops anything from getting in the way. The numbers on DAZN tonight were absolutely astronomical. They’re gonna have to, and they will make a huge offer for that fight. FOX will also make a huge offer for that fight.
“But he’s, you know, he’s free to make the fights that he wants to make, where he wants those fights to happen. So, for me, I think it’s a very straightforward process. I think that process should start immediately, and I don’t see any complications with his position.”
Alvarez, the sport’s pound-for-pound king and its biggest star, has been on a tear over the last few months, beating Callum Smith, Avni Yildirim, and Saunders on his quest to Super Middleweight supremacy. With his goal of becoming an undisputed champion at 168 pounds in mind, it’s no surprise that he wants to fight Plant next, but the unbeaten 28-year-old is an intriguing opponent nonetheless.
Plant has obviously expressed his interest in fighting Canelo as well, and it seems as if both parties are considering a September date. How the fight is made remains to be seen, but Hearn hopes he remains a part of promoting the Mexican champion.
“That’s a conversation obviously to be had with Saul,” Hearn said. “I mean, obviously, we had a two-fight deal. It’s been the most incredible experience. I think we’ve done a great job. We all work very well together. Hopefully, we can continue the relationship for a long time.”