Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant were close to a deal for Sept. 18, and now they’re reportedly again for a November date, according to Mike Coppinger at ESPN.
Though their original plans fell apart at the last minute, the fight was back on the table — at least in theory — once Alvarez scrapped all plans to fight on Sept. 18 and instead return in November. And now it appears we will get the bout on FOX pay-per-view, with Canelo doing a one-fight deal with Premier Boxing Champions.
Canelo (56-1-2, 38 KO) has not fought on pay-per-view — or off of DAZN — since his 2018 rematch with Gennadiy Golovkin. His last six fights have all been on DAZN.
Though there were reports that others were in the mix, including light heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol, Plant (21-0, 12 KO) is the fight Alvarez and his team wanted. The 29-year-old Tennesseean holds the IBF 168 lb title, which is the only major belt at the weight Canelo doesn’t have already, and his goal of becoming undisputed at this weight has been stated many times.
Don’t make your travel plans just yet, of course, because we’ve heard before that their deal was close, nearly finalized, imminent, etc. And these things can fall apart seemingly in the blink of an eye. But yes, it does look like we’ll get the fight in November.