Time is almost winding down until September 12, the date in which Canelo Alvarez is supposed to compete. Even if an opponent is picked, there may be a chance other factors get in the way of him fighting.
According to ESPN, DAZN is requesting Canelo (53-1-2) to take a pay cut. This comes after signing Canelo to a $365 million deal that includes competing in up to ten-eleven fights. It appears that no matter what, Canelo wants a fight to happen.
“Canelo is in great shape. He’s been training hard, he is absolutely ready and on track to fight in September, ” said Alvarez’s lawyer Greg Smith. “If it’s up to him — and him only — he would’ve already announced the fight. … There’s obviously other parties and other things involved that are out of his control. But everything he can control, he’s on track and prepared.
“Everybody, including Team Canelo, is waiting to find out if DAZN’s going to live up to its obligations. … I am aware of no other sticking points.”
Golden Boy President Eric Gomez did state that he expected Canelo to take a small cut in pay due to a lack of revenue to be earned at the moment. As a result of COVID-19, fans have not been able to attend events. There are also deep restrictions when it comes to athletes at events due to COVID-19 testing. Gomez would end up saying that smaller venues might be needed for future fights.
As of now, Canelo does not have a set opponent. It does appear, however, that WBA and The Ring Super-Middleweight Champion Callum Smith is the front-runner to face Canelo. According to ESPN, DAZN has been upset with the fighters that have faced Canelo, which include Rocky Fielding, Daniel Jacobs, and Sergey Kovalev, all fights in which Canelo has won titles. Fighters like Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Jermall Charlo, Anthony Dirrell, John Ryder, and Caleb Plant have recently been offered or requested to face Canelo.
“Golden Boy has always been about making the best fights for the fans; this is particularly true for Canelo, the No. 1 attraction and best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport,” Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya stated. “Together with Canelo and his team, we have come up with a list of great opponents — including potential world championship fights — for a premium fight on Mexican Independence Day. We are still waiting for DAZN to approve one of those great fights.
“Canelo and Golden Boy intend to put on a fight in September and expect that DAZN will honor their obligation and give fight fans what they deserve; an evening with the best fighter in the world.”
With a Gennadiy Golovkin trilogy fight most likely taking place in 2021, Canelo is looking to compete twice (December) if everything goes according to plan. The September date may also be in question thanks to returning fighters Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. competing on the same night.
Golden Boy is expected to return to action tonight, July 24. The main event will be Vergil Ortiz Jr. v. Samuel Vargas. Following that, the promotion only has a planned August 28 date between Jorge Linares and Javier Fortuna.