November 29, 2022

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Eddie Hearn’s Plan A and Plan B to get Canelo Alvarez to England regardless of Saunders result

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Eddie Hearn has two plans for taking Canelo Alvarez to Wembley, whatever happens in the even more magnificent home of the Dallas Cowboys this Saturday night.

Only one of them will appeal to Billy Joe Saunders and that will hit the delete button if he is unable to pull off the boxing upset of this century so far against the No 1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

Plan A is to ferry a rematch across the Atlantic if Saunders confounds pretty much every expectation in America – north and Latin – by shocking Mexico‘s idol with the unusual red hair. Not quite as simple as it may sound but infinitely preferable for the Hatfield traveller to the alternative.

Canelo Alvarez is a huge draw and Eddie Hearn is desperate to bring him to fight in England

Canelo Alvarez is a huge draw and Eddie Hearn is desperate to bring him to fight in England

Canelo Alvarez is a huge draw and Eddie Hearn is desperate to bring him to fight in England

Hearn (centre) is representing both fighters when Canelo takes on Billy Joe Saunders in Texas

Hearn (centre) is representing both fighters when Canelo takes on Billy Joe Saunders in Texas

Hearn (centre) is representing both fighters when Canelo takes on Billy Joe Saunders in Texas

Plan B is to gratify Canelo’s ambition of fighting in England by finding him yet another UK opponent assuming he beats Saunders, with Chris Eubank Jr the first candidate to spring from Hearn’s lips as he adds says: ‘That would be a big fight in London.’

More complicated. Not least because that would have to wait until next year while Alvarez continues his bid to become the undisputed world super-middleweight champion by relieving IBF title-holder Caleb Plant of what would be the fourth and final alpha-belt.

For either option to be realised Hearn will have to convince Canelo to extend his initial two-fight promotional deal with Matchroom USA, of which Saturday is the second.

Hearn feels he is in a persuasive position, saying: ‘Canelo told me that the amazing entrance I put on for his ring walk before his fight with Callum Smith – the fireworks and mariachis and all that – is one of the best things that’s been done for him.

The pair will go head-to-head in front of 70,000 fans at the AT&T Stadium on Saturday night

The pair will go head-to-head in front of 70,000 fans at the AT&T Stadium on Saturday night

The pair will go head-to-head in front of 70,000 fans at the AT&T Stadium on Saturday night

Regardless of the result, Hearn has two options to bring Canelo to England in the future

Regardless of the result, Hearn has two options to bring Canelo to England in the future

Regardless of the result, Hearn has two options to bring Canelo to England in the future

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‘It would be unbelievable for him to come to Wembley. He’s a massive star. He’s huge in America as well as Mexico. Perhaps only Anthony Joshua is bigger globally because of the high profile of heavyweight boxing. Also I know how much he would love to box in the UK.’

Canelo confirms: ‘I would very much like to fight in the UK. I have many fans there and I know how much the country loves boxing and the atmosphere there.’

Hearn sweetens the pot by adding: ‘I would also like to see big fights for him in Tokyo and the Middle East and a huge event for him back home in Mexico.’

But first would come Plant, who has been fighting on American cable television networks Showtime and Fox while Hearn is tied to the digital streaming platform DAZN on which the Saunders fight will be shown in the UK as well the US.

The ideal situation for Hearn - and for Saunders - is a rematch at Wembley if the Brit wins

The ideal situation for Hearn - and for Saunders - is a rematch at Wembley if the Brit wins

The ideal situation for Hearn – and for Saunders – is a rematch at Wembley if the Brit wins

Saunders (right) engaged in a war of words with the Mexican when they faced off this week

Saunders (right) engaged in a war of words with the Mexican when they faced off this week

Saunders (right) engaged in a war of words with the Mexican when they faced off this week

In the end the size of the deal will be decisive for the business-minded Alvarez, who says: ‘I can see no problem at all about working with Eddie again but I would be happy to consider boxing on, say, Showtime.’

If Saunders springs his surprise a rematch would appear to be the logical progression but, unusually, there is no clause for one in this contract. The Hatfield traveller has also been angered by Hearn promoting Alvarez much more heavily than himself, even though it is to see Canelo that almost all the 70,000 fans have bought tickets at the AT&T Stadium.

Hearn says: ‘I hate it when I’m representing the two boxers in a fight. It’s difficult. I do my best for both. Without a rematch clause Billy is in a much stronger negotiating position if he wins. Potentially it’s good for him. As the man who beat Canelo he would hold the keys to the kingdom.’

Saunders talks with brash optimism about victory being his destiny but the absence of a rematch clause speaks volumes for Canelo’s confidence.

Saunders is a huge underdog in America but is unbeaten going into the megafight

Saunders is a huge underdog in America but is unbeaten going into the megafight

Saunders is a huge underdog in America but is unbeaten going into the megafight

Hearn's Plan B involves another British fighter - maybe Chris Eubank Jr - fighting Canelo

Hearn's Plan B involves another British fighter - maybe Chris Eubank Jr - fighting Canelo

Hearn’s Plan B involves another British fighter – maybe Chris Eubank Jr – fighting Canelo

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