If Saul “Canelo” Alvarez boxes on September 18th, it will be against Dmitry Bivol, a decision that will also affect Dillian Whyte’s next fight, which is postponed from August 28th.
After the breakdown of talks, Alvarez could be on his chosen date, the 18th fight, or even a challenge for Canelo’s WBC, WBA and WBO super middleweight titles.
Whyte, the WBC interim heavyweight champion, was due to top a bill in California on Aug. 28, but he won’t box that day. WBO cruiserweight champion Lawrence Okolie is also likely to make the first defense of his title on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua-Oleksandr Usyk bout on September 25th at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
Canelo had hoped to take on Plant, the IBF super middleweight champion, on September 18 to become the undisputed super middleweight champion.
But one deal has proven elusive and Eddie Hearn, the promoter, says Canelo needs to call whether he wants to box on his chosen date or pursue a later date with Plant.
“It all depends on Canelo,” said Hearn. “We have to decide with Canelo whether we will go on September 18th. If we don’t go on September 18th, we’ll move [the] August 28th [show] until 18.09.
“Dillian Whyte isn’t ready for August 28th, so he’ll be boxing in America on September 11th or 18th. It’s all a bit in the air. ”
Hearn confirmed that Bivol was the fight for Canelo.
“We’re talking about the battle for Dmitry Bivol,” said Hearn. “If we get that over the line, it’ll only be weeks. The Plant Fight isn’t happening … for now, but if it goes on September 18th it will likely be Bivolous. We have to move.
“I think it would be some kind of catch weight. Bivol has been talking about going to 168 for a while. He just wants some kind of big opportunity. ”
Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He was a boxing correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001 to 2019 – at four Olympic Games and numerous World Cup fights around the world. Since the 1980s, he has written on boxing for a variety of publications around the world.