Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez continued his quest for historical past on Saturday in Texas when he compelled Billy Joe Saunders to retire after eight of 12 scheduled rounds so as to add the Brit’s WBO super-middleweight championship to his WBA, WBC and The Ring belts.
It was the Mexican’s third combat in simply 5 months, after decisioning Callum Smith in December to kick off his 168lbs title haul earlier than simply beating Avni Yildirim in a compulsory defence two months later.
Alvarez has acknowledged he desires three and even 4 fights in whole this yr, so what’s subsequent? Extra importantly, who’s subsequent? And when?
Canelo hasn’t precisely minced phrases concerning the street he is on. The four-division world champion has clearly acknowledged that he desires to change into the primary undisputed tremendous middleweight champ of the world and add yet one more illustrious chapter in his boxing legacy.
A win over Saunders on Could 8 led to Canelo proudly owning three of the 4 world titles within the 168-pound division, with Caleb Plant’s IBF strap representing the lacking piece of the puzzle for undisputed glory.
That is exactly why the Mexican fighter could be off to the races making an attempt to e book a title unification bout with Plant, and he stated as a lot on the post-fight press convention as nicely.
For what it is value, Plant has additionally appeared extraordinarily eager on the combat, particularly given the profile and the cash that can be concerned in such an occasion.
“First (Canelo) has to beat Billy Joe Saunders in Could. If he can get previous him and get the belt, hopefully we will combat in September and provides the followers what they need,” Plant informed ESPN Deportes in March about combating Canelo for the undisputed crown.
“It could be a historic night time that may go away us as the primary undisputed champion within the historical past of the tremendous middleweights and have you learnt who it is going to be? Caleb Plant.”
We now know that Canelo has overcome the Saunders hurdle. So, if we’re to take each males’s phrases at face worth, Alvarez and Plant will start negotiations very quickly.
Which leaves the query: when can we anticipate to see the battle for undisputed glory?
Canelo vs. Plant: Potential time and venue
The proper time for Canelo’s subsequent combat — Plant or anybody else — is September. The weekend of Mexican Independence Day, to be exact. The center Saturday of September will sit near the opposite huge Mexican vacation together with Cinco de Mayo, which came about days earlier than Alvarez-Saunders.
As for a location, that might be something at this stage. Nevertheless the overwhelming front-runner will after all be in the US, with Canelo doing such good enterprise there and Plant himself being American.
Many elements of the nation, and the world at giant, are nonetheless easing again to normality from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Canelo’s win over Saunders welcomed greater than 70,000 followers in Arlington, Texas. Las Vegas totally re-opens this summer season. And Miami has been on the forefront of the larger occasions to occur in current months regardless of restrictions. These three places can be on the entrance of the road for Alvarez’s subsequent instalment of the super-middleweight chase.