When Does Eddie Hearn Think Canelo Alvarez Will Fight Next?
The weeks are flying by and Canelo Alvarez still does not have an opponent. Set to compete on September 12, other factors besides an opponent may result in a fight being nixed altogether.
Canelo (53-1-2) is currently in a battle with DAZN over pay. The company wants him to take a pay cut due to the current lack of revenue from fight nights due to COVID-19. According to those around him, DAZN may be not approving bouts that he could already be competing in. Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn, who has been hoping Canelo faces one of his guys, believes a potential fight could be dead in the water.
Hearn and his fighters will be ready, however, if called upon.
“September 12 I see as a non-starter,” Hearn stated, via Boxing Scene. “We haven’t heard that officially, but it is six weeks this Saturday. Even two weeks ago, September 12 started to look unrealistic.
“The event organizers don’t need the preparation that they used to have. We always wanted to get out eight or nine weeks before so we could get out and market the event and sell tickets. But really it is only the fighters that need that notice now. We have put four names forward for Canelo. They are all training as if they might get the call for September 12, because that is not out of the question that all of a sudden you get the call.”
Canelo hasn’t lost a fight since his majority decision loss to Floyd Mayweather back in 2013. He is 11-0-1 during that time, winning the WBO Light-Middleweight, WBC, IBF, and WBC Middleweight, the WBA Super-Middleweight, and the WBO Light-Heavyweight Titles. He is hoping to fight in the United States and has been offered several locations to compete.
One of the apparent “front-runners” that could face Canelo is Callum Smith. Smith (27-0), the WBA and The Ring Super-Middleweight Champion, made his professional debut in 2012. A British Super-Middleweight Champion, “Mundo” won the aforementioned titles in the World Boxing Super Series middleweight finals. His last bout was a unanimous decision win over John Ryder in November.
The September date may also be in question thanks to returning fighters Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. competing on the same night. Hearn believes that Canelo wants Smith since he is a champion, but they must get through a few hurdles to get things moving.
“We have had discussions about the money, we are a little bit out, we are not a million miles away,” Hearn went on to say. “But I think it is more about the logistics for Canelo or how that purse and money is going to work… He wants to fight Callum Smith… Callum has the super WBA title and the Ring magazine championship. So for him it’s like ‘if I beat Callum Smith I am the Ring magazine champion, I am the No 1 in the division, but he is the most expensive of all the options.”
If September isn’t an option, Canelo could fight in December.