Promoter Eddie Hearn, who works with WBO, WBA, WBC super middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, is still trying to work out a potential fall unification with IBF champion Caleb Plant.
Back in May, Canelo unified three of the four major titles at 168-pounds, when he stopped Billy Joe Saunders before a crowd of over 70,000 fans in Texas. It was Canelo's third fight since December of last year.
Canelo's goal is to fight in the month of September - and Plant is the frontrunner to face him.
But, the negotiations to make that fight are playing out slower than anticipated - which may force Canelo and Hearn to explore alternative options if a deal is not finalized in a timely manner.
”[Regarding Plant], 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. 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,’" Hearn told the DAZN Boxing Show.
“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 Eddy 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.”