Canelo vs Kirkland is Likely For Sept. 15th Showdown

By Rick Reeno & Jorge Hernandez has been advised that serious discussions are ongoing to match James Kirkland (31-1, 27KOs) against WBC junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (40-0-1, 29KOs) on September 15th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Last week, an agreement was reached for Alvarez to fight Paul "The Punisher" Williams in a pay-per-view headliner. However, this past Sunday in Atlanta Williams was involved in a tragic motorcycle accident which left the boxer paralyzed from the waist down.

Following his March ten round disqualification win over Carlos Molina, Kirkland underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair two tears in his right shoulder. It was initially believed that Kirkland would not be able to fight until the month of October. That situation has now changed.

Kirkland's legal adviser, Michael Miller, has informed BoxingScene that Kirkland was cleared earlier today by his treating physician. Miller is currently attempting to reach a deal with Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, whose company promotes both Kirkland and Alvarez.

"We got that done about an hour ago [getting Kirkland cleared by the doctor]. Now it's a matter of making sure the risk is worth the reward. Richard and I are working towards a deal as you write this," Miller told

"We're seeing if we can come to some financial deal and if it makes sense for both sides, them for the financial, and us for the risk versus the reward. He is coming off of shoulder surgery but also these opportunities don't rear their head [very] often."

"If we can put together a deal financially, I think we will probably have a deal."

World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman told that he has been communicating with the members of the governing board and Alvarez-Kirkland is on the verge of being sanctioned for September 15th.

"I am communicating with the governing board about Canelo making his mandatory defense against Kirkland," said Sulaiman to

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TaurusJ27 on 05-30-2012

I wonder if they'll be a tribute or something to Paul Williams before the fight since he was the original opponent before the accident?

Comment by cabalas on 05-30-2012

[QUOTE=richardt;12187529]Man you are desperate for attention to be quoting yourself. If Canelo was Puerto Rican you would be singing his praises and dancing on the rooftops about him fighting Kirkland. Kirkland was medically cleared to fight, barf for brains. You…

Comment by richardt on 05-30-2012

[QUOTE=lluisone;12187443]hahaha what a joke more of the same[/QUOTE]Man you are desperate for attention to be quoting yourself. If Canelo was Puerto Rican you would be singing his praises and dancing on the rooftops about him fighting Kirkland. Kirkland was medically…

Comment by richardt on 05-30-2012

[QUOTE=Mars Volta;12185874]except kirkland is a bum and froch isn't[/QUOTE]Anyone who calls a man who is in the top 2% of his trade a "Bum" really has no clue.

Comment by Best in Boxing on 05-30-2012

i think that IF Kirkland proves that he can take Canelo's punch early, then it'll be a good one! Kirkland with Wolf is a beast (of course, unless he's fighting Molina.. haha) but he'll give Canelo problems. I still think…

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