Eddie Hearn has suggested that Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s pursuit of becoming undisputed super middleweight champion could be in doubt as talks with Caleb Plant continue.
Alvarez last fought in May to take the WBO belt from Billy Joe Saunders and had been expected to return to the right to fight Texan IBF champion Plant this September.
However, no deal has been announced, and Hearn told the DAZN Boxing Show that he and Canelo are assessing other options.
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”There's conversations to be had over the next sort of three, four, or five days, and it needs to gather pace. I don't think there's anything negative to say about it,” he said.
“This is clearly the fight Canelo Alvarez wants. He wants to become undisputed champion. But at the same time, September is his date, you know, and if the Plant fight’s not available now and has to be made in December or whatever, I think Canelo's mindset is: ‘I want to keep the momentum that I have right now.’
“And you know, let's not forget this guy's boxed three times in, you know, what, seven months, eight months, and it will be four flights in 10 months, which as a pound-for-pound number one in a pandemic is incredible.
“My instructions from Canelo, Alvarez, and Eddie Reynoso were, you know, what we want, we want Caleb Plant, but if that's not possible for September, show me the champions we can face. Clearly, a move up to 175, for now, is also on the agenda if that undisputed fight can't get made.”