Canelo Alvarez May Not Fight IBF Champion Caleb Plant, Says Eddie Hearn

Published 07/14/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Boxer Canelo Alvarez celebrates defeating Billy Joe Saunders during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


The unified super middleweight champion, Canelo Alvarez, is just short of the IBF world title in his quest to become the undisputed champion of the division. That said, only a fight against Caleb Plant can provide that chance. While the matchup may happen soon, the P4P King can also explore other options.

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As of now, several fighters (from 160, 168, and 175 lbs divisions) are aiming for the Mexican star. Hence, Alvarez can comfortably pick opponents from all three divisions. Considering the same, Eddie Hearn has revealed that Canelo Alvarez might go for some other opponent instead of Caleb Plant.

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Although the super-middleweight title unification clash remains his first priority, that’s not the only option before the Mexican star. Speaking with DAZN Boxing, Eddie Hearn has addressed the whole scenario.

It can open the door to several blockbuster matchups, inclusive of the trilogy against Gennady Golovkin. Following a successful title defense against Kamil Szeremeta, ‘GGG’ still doesn’t have an opponent on sight. When asked about facing Canelo Alvarez, Golovkin reportedly expressed his approval. Hence, the multi-million trilogy fight can finally come to life. However, nothing is official as of now.

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Nevertheless, Caleb Plant is still ahead of everyone in the race. His championship status validates a fight against Canelo Alvarez, and both men have verbally agreed to fight each other.

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After parting ways with the Golden Boy Promotions, Alvarez seems to have found Eddie Hearn as his new partner. However, Alvarez, working on a fight-to-fight basis, has managed to bag lucrative deals. That said, the professional relationship with Hearn can continue to flourish, bringing more matchups in the line for Canelo Alvarez.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Boxer Canelo Alvarez poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

After possibly claiming all four belts at 168lbs, Canelo can either move up or go down a weight class. He has already held titles in both the middleweight and the light heavyweight divisions. Thus, he can only envision adding more glitter to his stellar journey, which has seen the P4P king become a four-division champion already.

Who do you think Canelo Alvarez should fight next?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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