Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Caleb Plant will not fight for the undisputed super-middleweight title on September 18, but the two may fight at a later date. According to multiple reports, Paul and Alvarez are exploring the possibility of fighting for the undisputed super-middleweight title in November. Similar to previous reports, Plant and Alvarez are expected to fight in Las Vegas, Nevada on FOX pay-per-view.
Initially, the two fighters were expected to fight on September 18. However, negotiations reportedly broke down after a dispute regarding what would happen if Plant or Alvarez were forced to drop out due to an injury or illness. Multiple reports allege that Alvarez’s representatives sought to have a replacement opponent and a guaranteed payday of $40 million if Plant were not able to fight on September 18. In contrast, multiple reports allege that Plant would be forced to wait for Alvarez to recover if the Mexican fighter were injured or sick.
“If I get injured or sick, then he gets a late replacement for the same amount of guaranteed money, but if he gets sick or injured, then we gotta wait for him,” Plant told ESPN.
“We’ve been waiting for him to get done with his wedding, shooting his TV show, his golf tournament and now have tried to give him everything he wants and more to make this fight. I’m more than willing, able and ready to fight Canelo Alvarez on any date.”
Alvarez has not publicly commented on Plant’s accusations. However, his promoter, Eddie Hearn, has been vocal about having backup plans if a fight with Plant does not take place. Light heavyweight champions Artur Beterbieve and Dmitry Bivol have been named as potential opponents for Alvarez. Regardless of who the opponent is, Alvarez does plant to fight before the year ends.