The super middleweight division could have its first truly undisputed champion of the four-belt era. Canelo Álvarez and Caleb Plant have agreed to terms for a unification bout in November, per ESPN’s Mike Coppinger. Alvarez will put up his WBA, WBC, and WBO titles while Plant will put his IBF title on the line.
The two fighters were working on a deal for a September 18th fight in Las Vegas, but it fell apart during negotiations. Plant said at the time that the contingency plan was an issue for Álvarez.
“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,” he said.
It’s not yet clear how that was resolved this time around.
Álvarez and Joe Calzaghe are the two fighters to come closest to completely cleaning out the super middleweight division. Alvarez currently holds three belts and Calzaghe briefly held those same three belts.
Álvarez enters the fight 56-1-2 and has won his last two fights by forcing his opponent to retire. Most recently, Billy Joe Saunders retired after eight rounds due to a shattered orbital bone. Álvarez was previously the king of the middleweight division before moving up primarily to super middleweight for his last three fights.
Plant is 21-0 and is coming off a January unanimous decision over Caleb Truax to successfully retain his IBF title for a third straight fight. He won the title in January 2019 when he beat José Uzcátegui via unanimous decision.