Canelo Vs Plant talks hit a complete wall
Canelo Alvarez's desire to become the unified champion has hit a major wall. It was reported last week that negotiations with Caleb Plant had started and the Canelo vs Plant fight was on the verge of being finalised, even after Canelo’s reported ridiculous demands.
However, it is now reported that the deal is dead with no sign of re-negotiations as both fighters are now looking elsewhere for other deals with different fighters. The two fighters have both chosen not to face each other in a super fight that would have unified the division. It is reported that Canelo was set to make a guarantee gate of upwards of $40 million. Also, on the other hand Plant was due to earn $10 Million guarantee, a career highest for both fighters.
After Canelo's talks broke down with Plant's camp, attentions got drawn to ESPN's pound for pound number one fighter Al Haymon. But like the Plant negotiations, talks hit a wall after a huge back and forth with the two camps this weekend.
"His bark is bigger than his bite," Plant, 29, told ESPN during a phone conversation Tuesday evening. "Canelo was offered the highest guarantee of his career: He was set to make $40 million plus Mexican TV rights and his Hennessy sponsorship. No problem, let's fight. We gave it to him. Then they wanted upside of gate and PPV revenue; no problem, let's rumble.”
"It was always agreed that it was a [title] unification; no rematch for either fighter. Towards end of negotiations they asked for a rematch when they lose. No problem, you can have the rematch as well, I just wanna fight."
Plant told ESPN that all of his side of the deal was agreed two weeks ago with no hard negotiations over money. Plant also agreed to a one fight rematch clause that would only go into effect if Canelo lost. It is reported that the two also disagreed on the ring size, which is no surprise as Canelo had the same issue in his last fight against Billy Joe Saunders.
"One that is absurd: 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," Plant added. "We're at seven-and-a-half weeks from the fight; we've lost valuable time that should be spent promoting and drug testing for a fight of this magnitude."
"I question whether legacy or money is their real motive. We've been waiting for him to get done with his wedding, shooting his TV show, his golf tournament and now have tried to give him everything he wants and more to make this fight. I'm more than willing, able and ready to fight Canelo Alvarez on any date. Those are the real facts and if anyone has something to say differently, we have the paperwork to prove it."
There isn't much time left however for Canelo to secure another opponent if he plans to fight on Mexican Independence Day. There are now even rumours that Canelo could return to 175 pounds for a title fight with Russia's Dmitry Bivol.
Eddie Hearn has declared that he thinks Dmitry Bivol (at light-heavyweight) will be "frontrunner" to fight Canelo Alvarez next, if Canelo chooses to stick to his Sept 18th plan. Another option is to try and revive Caleb Plant talks for a later date this year. [@DAZNBoxing Show] pic.twitter.com/KFcajqFPLq— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) July 29, 2021