You know, I’m starting to think that Canelo Alvarez might not fight on September 12th.
The date, which already features the $49.99 pay-per-view exhibition between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr., could also see a Top Rank show in the “Bubble,” as ESPN’s Tim Fiorvanti reports that Egidijus Kavaliauskas vs. Amir Imam is “being planned.”
Both “The Mean Machine” and “Young Master” find themselves reeling from recent defeats. Kavaliasukas (21-1, 17 KO), a Lithuanian amateur standout with two Olympic appearances under his belt, scraped his way to a draw against Ray Robinson before giving a solid account of himself in a loss to Terence Crawford. Imam (22-3, 19 KO), a onetime prospect derailed by losses to Adrian Granados and Jose Carlos Ramirez, dropped a decision to Javier Molina on the Fury-Wilder II undercard.
Kavaliauskas figures to be a considerable favorite despite Imam’s advantages in height and reach, and it’s hard not to see this as Top Rank cashing out. Maybe the 29-year-old’s got something left in the tank, but I’m not holding my breath.