Canelo Alvarez’s first fight on Showtime Pay-Per-View in seven years might not mark the last time he partners with the premium cable network.
Former WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez and WBC middleweight champ Jermall Charlo are two potential opponents that could entice Alvarez to work with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions and Showtime again. Alvarez made it clear, however, that he just as easily could return to DAZN for the fight after his 168-pound, title-unification showdown with Caleb Plant on November 6 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Alvarez addressed his preferred free-agent status during an interview with Showtime’s Brian Custer for Custer’s latest episode of “The Last Stand Podcast,” which recently debuted on YouTube.
“We don’t know,” Alvarez said. “I just wanna fight with everybody and have relationships with all the promoters and do the best fights out there. And if I need to fight [on] Showtime, with PBC, I’m good. If I need to fight [on] DAZN, with Eddie Hearn, I’m good. So, I just wanna do the best fights out there.”
The 31-year-old Alvarez’s past six fights have been streamed by DAZN. Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing promoted each of Alvarez’s three bouts before he agreed to work with PBC to secure his fight against Plant, who owns the only super middleweight world title that the Mexican icon needs to become the division’s first fully unified champion during the four-belt era.
Hearn still considers himself Alvarez’s promoter, though Hearn has acknowledged that he won’t play a role in promoting the Alvarez-Plant event. If Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) were to return to DAZN after opposing Plant (21-0, 12 KOs), unbeaten WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol probably would be his opponent of choice.
Handlers for Alvarez and Russia’s Bivol (18-0, 11 KOs) discussed their bout briefly when negotiations for the Alvarez-Plant fight broke down during the summer. Alvarez wouldn’t identify opponents he would like to box beyond Plant during his interview with Custer.
“We don’t know,” Alvarez said. “We just have this goal in the short time, to unify these belts. And after we don’t know. We wanna rest a little bit and then we’ll see. But I wanna do the best fights out there.”
Guadalajara’s Alvarez would like to remain as active in 2022, though, as he has been since last December. His bout with Plant will mark his fourth fight in 10½ months.
“I love to be active,” Alvarez said. “I love fighting a lot, so I wanna fight three times, four times a year. For me, it’s good.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.