IBF super middleweight titleholder Caleb Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) has been waiting for his big career moment for a long time.
He may get the chance this September, if a deal is finalized for a full division unification against Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs), who last month unified the WBC, WBO, WBA titles with an eight round stoppage of Billy Joe Saunders.
"I'm confident it's going to happen," Plant said Nashville Tennessean.
"Here soon our teams are going to sit down and surely get things ironed out so we can give the fans what they want and get this big fight going.
"This is definitely the closest we've gotten [to a bout with Canelo]. People ran off and made crazy stories about how close things were before, but we've never sat down at the table before to even negotiate."
Plant was in action earlier this year, when he won a twelve round unanimous decision over mandatory challenger Caleb Truax.
Now living in Las Vegas, Plant is hoping the contest lands in his new hometown.
"Vegas is opening up and we've got the MGM here and we've also got the Raiders' Allegiant Stadium," Plant said. "To bring a fight of that magnitude not only to Las Vegas but to put it in Allegiant Stadium where a fight's never been done before would be history. That would be legendary."
Canelo's sole career defeat came in September of 2013, in a one-sided decision loss to Floyd Mayweather.
The following year, he also had trouble in winning a close split decision over Erislandy Lara.
Plant has studied both of those fights very closely.
"I feel like my height, my reach, my athleticism are my strengths," Plant said.
"I have all the boxing IQ in the world. When he fought Floyd, when he fought Lara, I don't fight just like Floyd and I don't fight just like Lara, but I possess a lot of the same athleticism if not more. I possess a lot of the same boxing IQ. Those are things that have given him trouble and I feel like I can capitalize from them also."