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Canelo vs Kirkland fight reportedly in advanced talks for May 2

Canelo Alvarez might be fighting James Kirkland on May 2, but since it's James Kirkland, don't get too excited.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Canelo Alvarez isn't going to be fighting Miguel Cotto, after talks for that fight were scrapped last week, but the Mexican superstar is looking to push forward and fast, and hopes to secure the May 2 date before Floyd Mayweather and/or Manny Pacquiao can finalize their plans for that Saturday.

Lance Pugmire of the LA Times is reporting that a fight between Alvarez and James Kirkland is being discussed:

Pugmire also notes that the talks are not officially confirmed with promoters or managers or anyone, but that's not surprising.

Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO) hasn't fought since July, which is a long inactive spell for a fighter who has stayed quite busy over his young career. If he does fight on May 2, that 10-month break between bouts would be the longest in his career to date.

Kirkland (32-1, 28 KO) has been in talks to face Alvarez in the past, notably in 2012, when Alvarez was originally slated to face Paul Williams, then spoke with Kirkland's team after Williams was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident, and what briefly appeared to be a done deal was pulled back when Kirkland decided to squabble with his entire team.

The 30-year-old Kirkland fought just once in 2012 (March) and once in 2013 (December), and hasn't fought since his exciting win over Glen Tapia on HBO in December 2013, when he worked with Top Rank after parting with Golden Boy.

But Kirkland's style always makes him an attractive opponent, both for fans and opponents. If he does sign to face Canelo, it's a dangerous but "should win" fight for Alvarez on paper.

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