The worst kept secret in boxing is that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Caleb Plant will fight to become the undisputed super middleweight titlist in September at AT&T Stadium. With this in mind, representatives for both Plant and Alvarez are likely in contact. Given that Alvarez is the biggest star in boxing, he will take home a larger cut of the profit than Plant. However, Plant is not looking to go home empty-handed either. In a recent interview, the IBF super-middleweight titlist said that is pushing to take home “$10 million” in September.
“I’m not trying to price myself out. Maybe there’s a misconception — I’m not looking to price myself out of a fight that I want and a fight that I know in my heart that I can win. But I also don’t want to get anything less (than I’m worth). When it comes to fighting over here in America, I don’t have the fan base that Canelo does, but I have a bigger fan base over here than Callum (Smith) and Billy (Joe Saunders) do, and I bring a lot more views than Callum and Billy do,” he said.
“We’re going to sit down here real soon and get things worked out. But, you know, ($10 million) sounds about right, or somewhere in there. I’m not really sure, and I’m not gonna say for sure. I have a great team around me.”
In addition to putting together a $10 million payday, Plant is also hoping to fight on pay-per-view as opposed to DAZN. He believes that doing otherwise would leave millions on the table.
“I don’t think it’s a secret that fighting on pay-per-view would bring a lot more revenue as opposed to fighting on an app. It would be leaving millions on the table, not just for myself, but much more millions for him. I guess I would just wonder why,” he continued.
Negotiations will likely heat up in the coming weeks and details will be hammered out. Until then, boxing fans will just have to wait.