Richard Schaefer is still hoping to make a Mexican mega-fight in 2012 between his fighter, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, and Top Rank's Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, but also says that James Kirkland could be in that conversation soon, too. From The RING:
"One fight which Alvarez is interested in and which I've had some preliminary conversations with Bob Arum about -- maybe a month and a half or so ago -- is a potential fight between Alvarez and Chavez Jr.," said Schaefer. "My intentions are to see if I can get together with Bob in the next few weeks and discuss that possibility."
... "I believe that [Kirkland] made it known that he's better and stronger than ever, and that he's ready to take on any one of the name fighters, including Saul Alvarez. So we just have to see. I have to talk to our matchmakers and see what's going to happen next."
Kirkland drew a lot of praise for outgunning Alfredo Angulo in a six-round war last Saturday night on HBO, and he went to Mexico to do that, so it's not like he's afraid to go on the road and face a Mexican fighter in Mexico if that's what would have to be done.
Obviously, Golden Boy would prefer to do Alvarez vs Chavez. Not only is Chavez less dangerous than Kirkland, but there's a lot more money in that fight, which would draw tens of thousands of fans in Mexico, and could do great numbers in California, Texas, or Las Vegas, as well. It would be a pay-per-view fight, most likely, because it's a fight that can sell to Mexican-American viewers, who as we've noted many times, are probably the most loyal boxing fans in the States. There would be huge TV money in Mexico for the fight, too. It would be a massive fight, probably the biggest fight that can be made in North America besides Pacquiao vs Mayweather.
It also is sort of a no-lose situation. Alvarez and Chavez are going to be popular in Mexico for as long as they're fighting, most likely, or at least as long as they're in their prime years. Chavez's name value is such that I don't think a loss would greatly damage his earning potential, and Alvarez has become a phenom, popular in such a way that a loss to Chavez probably wouldn't do much to hurt him either.
In other words, there's money pouring out of these two guys, and it might be worth gambling on the fight now instead of waiting around and risking one of them losing to someone who isn't that level of star in Mexico.
As for Kirkland, there are going to be a lot of opportunities for him. He's exciting, HBO loves him, and he got himself back in the race with the win over Angulo. But I don't think he'll be next for Canelo, unless someone at Golden Boy really thinks he has very little chance of winning. The beating that Kirkland dished out to Angulo was barbaric, and Alvarez has too much profit potential to risk that right now with a guy like Kirkland.
Chavez faces Peter Manfredo Jr on November 19 on HBO, while Alvarez is in action the following weekend against Kermit Cintron, also on HBO.