By Rick Reeno & Jorge Hernandez
BoxingScene.com 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 BoxingScene.com.
"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 BoxingScene.com 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 BoxingScene.com.