Want to see what it looks like to become an undisputed world champion?
Just keep watching Canelo Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs).
The pound-for-pound king declared that his next fight is delivered, and it is with none other than IBF super-middleweight champion Caleb Plant.
“This Nov. 6 we’ll put Mexican boxing on top. Going for the missing belt! #Undisputed #CaneloPlant,” Alvarez posted on his social media.
🚨 FIGHT ON!
🔥 Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant have now agreed a deal for their undisputed super-middleweight title fight
— BOXRAW (@BOXRAW) August 19, 2021
Plant also announced the fight on his social media.
In his last outing, Alvarez stopped Billy Joe Saunders in the eighth round to unify three super middleweight world titles in May. Then he made it clear that his next target was Plant.
The fight is Alvarez’s attempt to unify all four major belts and become the first-ever undisputed super middleweight world champion in the three- or four-belt era.
According to reports, the fight will headline a Premier Boxing Champions pay-per-view card co-promoted by Canelo Promotions. The company is now licensed in Nevada.
Sources also report that Alvarez has made a one-fight deal with Premier Boxing Champions. However, there is a rematch clause in the event he loses to the underdog Plant.
Canelo Alvarez on the Caleb Plant fight being set for Nov 6th: "I'm very excited about this and about becoming the first undisputed Latino super-middleweight champion in boxing history. I'm happy to make history. I'm going to unify all of the belts." [@RingMagazine]
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) August 19, 2021
Alvarez is a promotional and broadcast-free agent, allowing him to do short-term deals and one-off bouts to give fans the best fights out there, minus the promotional and network politics.
The fight won’t be on streaming service DAZN, which has had Alvarez’s last six bouts. It is not yet sure which PBC broadcast partner, SHOWTIME or FOX Sports, will produce and distribute the pay-per-view.
“I am very excited to have this fight before me,” Alvarez said later in a statement. “I am happy because I am going to make history, and in my career that’s exactly what I want to do — leave my mark in boxing. I can’t wait to see all my fans on Nov. 6.”
Alvarez, 31, will be fighting for the fourth time in 11 months. This level of activity is highly uncommon for the athletic leader of the sport of boxing.
Alvarez has won world titles in four divisions. He defeated Callum Smith in November to take his WBA title and also win the vacant WBC belt. In February, Alvarez snuffed out WBC mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim in three rounds en route to finishing Billy Joe Saunders to take his WBO title on May 8 before a United States indoor record boxing crowd of 73,126 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Caleb Plant are officially set for the Undisputed Super Middleweight Championship. The deal is done!! 168 lbs 👑 will be crowned November 6th in Las Vegas On FOX PPV. #fighthooknews #jcalderonboxingtalk #caneloplant #pbcboxing #pbconfox pic.twitter.com/2p20Gdn5oh
— JCalderonBoxingTalk (@Jcalderonboxing) August 19, 2021
The vital issue that had to be worked out was Alvarez insisting if Plant could not fight due to unforeseen circumstances, he would get the same guaranteed money, $40 million, to fight a substitute opponent.
However, if Alvarez could not fight as scheduled, Plant would have to wait for him to be ready. Plant will make a career-high $10 million for the fight.
Nashville’s Plant (21-0, 12 KOs), 29, now fighting out of Las Vegas, will be making his fourth title defense. Canelo Alvarez is a huge step up in competition after being relatively unfazed in his road to being a champion.