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Canelo Alvarez released from Golden Boy contract, wants Dec. 19 fight against Caleb Plant

The two sides entered mediation in September after Alvarez filed suit

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

One of boxing’s biggest stars is now its most valuable free agent. ESPN reports that “[a]fter many days of negotiations, representatives for Canelo Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions have reached an agreement to release the four-time champion.” Trainer Eddie Reynoso confirmed the split in a statement, and Salvador Rodriguez claims that Canelo and his team “are targeting” a December 19th bout with IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant.

After seeing COVID axe a May meeting with Billy Joe Saunders and a planned September 12th return fall through, Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KO) filed suit against Golden Boy and DAZN. The two sides entered mediation soon after the initial suit was dismissed, and as a result, Alvarez’s decade-long partnership with Oscar De La Hoya and co. is over.

If he does make it to the ring in December, it will end a career-long 13-month layoff. He has not competed since leveling Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light heavyweight title.

A fight with Plant (20-0, 12 KO) would technically be a unification, as Alvarez claimed the WBA “world” super middleweight title in his 2018 knockout of Rocky Fielding, but in all reality would serve as Canelo’s first bid at legitimate 168-pound gold. It would also be “Sweet Hands’” toughest fight to date; since dominating Jose Uzcategui for the belt in January of last year, he’s smashed the hapless Mike Lee and the powerful-but-limited Vincent Feigenbutz.

Quality matchup, is what I’m saying.

It will be interesting to see the fallout; anyone got predictions for who he’ll sign with?

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