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Sources: Alvarez-Plant closing in on title fight

Canelo Alvarez is inching toward his goal of collecting all four titles at 168 pounds.

Alvarez, boxing’s biggest star, and Caleb Plant are closing in on a deal for a Sept. 18 bout in Las Vegas — a PBC on Fox pay-per-view — that will crown an undisputed super middleweight champion, multiple sources tell ESPN. Canelo, a promotional and network free agent, was offered a one-fight deal with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions that will likely net Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) a career-high guaranteed payday.

He earned $35 million guaranteed for three fights with DAZN and nearly $40 million for the rematch with Gennadiy Golovkin. Alvarez’s past three fights were promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport. The Mexican star is coming off a stoppage win over Billy Joe Saunders in which he fractured the English fighter’s orbital bone.

Alvarez is ESPN’s No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer (and its No. 1 at 168 pounds). Plant (21-0, 12 KOs), who won his title in January 2019 against Jose Uzcategui, is ESPN’s No. 3 super middleweight. The undefeated 29-year-old lives and trains in Las Vegas. He scored a unanimous decision victory over Caleb Truax in January, the third defense of his title.

Alvarez, 31, hasn’t fought on PPV since the aforementioned return bout with GGG in September 2018.

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