By Miguel Rivera
With his legal distractions now resolved, Mexican superstar Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (47-1-1, 33KOs) is fully focused on returning to the ring on September 17th as part of Mexican Independence Day weekend.
The likely venue is the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, which his promoter Golden Boy Promotions already placed on hold for the September date.
Canelo was last in the ring on May 7th as part of Cinco De Mayo weekend and knocked out Amir Khan in six rounds. The fight headlined the first ever boxing event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
For years Canelo has pushed for the opportunity to fight on the lucrative May and September dates which revolve around Mexican holidays - but he was always pushed aside in favor of Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26KOs). All of that came to and end when Mayweather announced his retirement from the sport last September.
When Canelo finally secured the opportunity to headline last month's Cinco De Mayo weekend, Mayweather threatened to unretire and stage a head to head pay-per-view to bump Canelo from the date.
In recent interviews, Mayweather has once again been hinting about the possibility of returning to the ring, and this time he was looking at September. He's dropped names like Danny Garcia, Kell Brook and even UFC superstar Conor McGregor.
Golden Boy Vice President Eric Gomez is not worried about Mayweather's comeback intentions. He makes it clear that Canelo is moving full steam ahead with September 17th.
"We're not worried, [Mayweather] can do whatever he wants. From what I understand he's retired and he hasn't asked for the date of September 17th. We already have it secured, and if he planned to return we would have heard about it already and so far he's not requested anything. It's his right if he wants to return, that's fine - but we are only concerned about the career of Saul," Gomez told ESPN Deportes.
Canelo's opponent is unknown. There are ongoing discussions to face WBC/WBA/IBO/IBF middleweight champion Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin, but many expect that contest to take place in 2017.