ESPN has reported that a deal is taking place for Saul "Canelo" Alvarez to fight against Caleb Plant and will likely defend his WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring Super-Middleweight Titles on the line against Plant, who will defend the IBF gold. If this fight does take place, the winner undoubtedly becomes the undisputed 168-pound champion in boxing.
Canelo last fought in May against Billy Joe Saunders in an outstanding performance that saw Alvarez finish Saunders via eight-round corner stoppage while Plant had a successful IBF title defense against Caleb Truax, winning by unanimous decision.
Canelo has been vocal about facing Plant since his win against Saunders; Alvarez wants to prove that he is the no.1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world, and defeating Plant will do just that.
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn had urged Plant to push his team to make the title unification bout happen. Here’s what Hearn said during an appearance on the DAZN Boxing Show
“Al Haymon doesn’t really want to give up Caleb Plant, you know, to Canelo Alvarez”. I didn’t know that. Well, I mean, I’m presuming I mean, I think that that’s pretty obvious. Like, if you’ve got a belt and a piece of that 168-pound division really, he will want to use that almost as bait to bring Canelo in and sign a five-fight deal or six-fight deal because he knows how bad Canelo wants to be undisputed.
“It comes down to the fighter that, you know, the fighters, they trust advisors they treat, you know, maybe they’ve got a better plan. But where I’m looking at it, there’s a huge amount of money on the table for Caleb Plant to fight Alvarez in September. But it’s really down to him.”