Canelo-Plant Negotiations Now Reportedly Dead

By: Sean Crose ESPN is reporting that negotiations between Canelo Alvarez' team and Caleb Plant's team are now dead in the water. There had been a report earlier in the week that the hoped for super middleweight title unifier was close to dead. Now the matter appears to be confirmed. Details, frankly, are sparse, aside from the general "he said/she said" nature of such matters. The question now is who, if anyone, Canelo will end up facing in September, a traditional time for him to fight. Canelo had wanted to become the undisputed super middleweight champion of the world, but with the bout with Plant not happening, that goal simply isn't going to come to fruition - at least for the time being. The negotiations between Canelo, arguably the most popular fighter on earth, and Plant, a talented member of the very tight knit PBC universe, were always going to be difficult. Promotionally speaking, Canelo is essentially a free agent, though he is currently aligned with promoter Eddie Hearn. In an age of a very divided sport of boxing, it's understandably hard for two parties to come to agreement on things. When a major fight - and all of Canelo's battles are major fights - is in play, matters naturally become even more intense. To make matters worse, loyalty to fighters, broadcasters and promotional outlets is strong among contemporary fans. Expect many accusations to be tossed around during the next few days by people that really don't know what the truth is. This is problematic, of course, as the main goal should be to make good fights, not to point fingers and vilify. No matter. Social media has allowed the sport of boxing to consist - to a large degree, at least - of a series of fiefdoms. This, in turn, gives certain parties breathing room to double down when things like high stakes negotiations take a bad turn. As for what's next, Canelo can once again jump up to light heavyweight to face a titlist there. He's already bested Sergey Kovalev at light heavyweight, and there's certainly some interesting fights to be made in that division. Canelo can also agree to a third fight with arch nemesis Gennady Golovkin. Although Golovkin fights at middleweight, there's little doubt the man would be willing to meet Canelo at a catch weight. The red haired star, in other words, has lucrative options. Plant, at least for the time being, doesn't seem to. Boxing, though, is nothing if not a sport of twists and turns. The post Canelo-Plant Negotiations Now Reportedly Dead appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Canelo-Plant Negotiations Now Reportedly Dead

By: Sean Crose

ESPN is reporting that negotiations between Canelo Alvarez' team and Caleb Plant's team are now dead in the water. There had been a report earlier in the week that the hoped for super middleweight title unifier was close to dead. Now the matter appears to be confirmed. Details, frankly, are sparse, aside from the general "he said/she said" nature of such matters. The question now is who, if anyone, Canelo will end up facing in September, a traditional time for him to fight. Canelo had wanted to become the undisputed super middleweight champion of the world, but with the bout with Plant not happening, that goal simply isn't going to come to fruition - at least for the time being.

The negotiations between Canelo, arguably the most popular fighter on earth, and Plant, a talented member of the very tight knit PBC universe, were always going to be difficult. Promotionally speaking, Canelo is essentially a free agent, though he is currently aligned with promoter Eddie Hearn. In an age of a very divided sport of boxing, it's understandably hard for two parties to come to agreement on things. When a major fight - and all of Canelo's battles are major fights - is in play, matters naturally become even more intense.

To make matters worse, loyalty to fighters, broadcasters and promotional outlets is strong among contemporary fans. Expect many accusations to be tossed around during the next few days by people that really don't know what the truth is. This is problematic, of course, as the main goal should be to make good fights, not to point fingers and vilify. No matter. Social media has allowed the sport of boxing to consist - to a large degree, at least - of a series of fiefdoms. This, in turn, gives certain parties breathing room to double down when things like high stakes negotiations take a bad turn.

As for what's next, Canelo can once again jump up to light heavyweight to face a titlist there. He's already bested Sergey Kovalev at light heavyweight, and there's certainly some interesting fights to be made in that division. Canelo can also agree to a third fight with arch nemesis Gennady Golovkin. Although Golovkin fights at middleweight, there's little doubt the man would be willing to meet Canelo at a catch weight. The red haired star, in other words, has lucrative options. Plant, at least for the time being, doesn't seem to. Boxing, though, is nothing if not a sport of twists and turns.

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By: Sean Crose "He was real real sharp," says trainer Jose Guzman. "He had just come back from camp with Lomachenko," Guzman is speaking of his fighter, Steven Galeano, who defeated Marquis Hawthorne last week in impressive fashion. "For him," Guzman continues, "the sky’s the limit. I feel like in the next five years, Steven is going to be a world champion." After watching Galeano's slick, disciplined performance, it's hard to shrug that assertion off. The young Bronx native is nothing if not a fighter on the rise. "His boxing IQ is very high," Guzman says of Galeano. "The kid is hungry. The kid loves boxing." There's no doubt Galeano is a colorful figure, a college educated writer (who pens articles for Boxing Insider) he is both engaging and determined to succeed in the ring. "He doesn’t have to depend on boxing," Guzman says admiringly. "His story is something special." So impressed is Guzman with his protégé that he feels that "through the next five years, people are going to hear his name a lot." One thing about Galeano that earns Guzman's nod of approval is the young New Yorker's focus and drive to succeed. For Guzman himself has proven to be willing to do what it takes to move forward. After realizing he couldn't find the kind of success he wanted in the Big Apple, Guzman "eventually left New York" for Florida. "I had to make a decision for myself," he says, "either I was going to stay in New York doing nothing or I was going to take the risk of going down here to Florida." So far, the risk has paid off for the family man. "I’m going to give them a better life," the trainer says of his children, "so I have to make these sacrifices." Fortunately for Guzman, he's got a number of promising fighters aside from Galeano that he helps train, Dominique Crowder among them. "We all go training at the same time," Guzman says of his stable, "all together." While Guzman and his fighters train "basically six days a week," he knows there are times where some fighters need more attention that others. "I just focus on those whose fights are near," he says. This minimalist approach seems to be working quite well. "I have a helper who helps me out," Guzman tells me, "and also the strength and conditioning coach." Although he's clearly hard working, Guzman gives the impression of being a man who loves what he does. "It’s really not that hard," he says, "because most of these guys are experienced." The post Trainer Jose Guzman: “I Have To Make These Sacrifices” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Trainer Jose Guzman: “I Have To Make These Sacrifices”

By: Sean Crose

"He was real real sharp," says trainer Jose Guzman. "He had just come back from camp with Lomachenko," Guzman is speaking of his fighter, Steven Galeano, who defeated Marquis Hawthorne last week in impressive fashion. "For him," Guzman continues, "the sky’s the limit. I feel like in the next five years, Steven is going to be a world champion." After watching Galeano's slick, disciplined performance, it's hard to shrug that assertion off. The young Bronx native is nothing if not a fighter on the rise. "His boxing IQ is very high," Guzman says of Galeano. "The kid is hungry. The kid loves boxing."

There's no doubt Galeano is a colorful figure, a college educated writer (who pens articles for Boxing Insider) he is both engaging and determined to succeed in the ring. "He doesn’t have to depend on boxing," Guzman says admiringly. "His story is something special." So impressed is Guzman with his protégé that he feels that "through the next five years, people are going to hear his name a lot." One thing about Galeano that earns Guzman's nod of approval is the young New Yorker's focus and drive to succeed. For Guzman himself has proven to be willing to do what it takes to move forward.

After realizing he couldn't find the kind of success he wanted in the Big Apple, Guzman "eventually left New York" for Florida. "I had to make a decision for myself," he says, "either I was going to stay in New York doing nothing or I was going to take the risk of going down here to Florida." So far, the risk has paid off for the family man. "I’m going to give them a better life," the trainer says of his children, "so I have to make these sacrifices."

Fortunately for Guzman, he's got a number of promising fighters aside from Galeano that he helps train, Dominique Crowder among them. "We all go training at the same time," Guzman says of his stable, "all together." While Guzman and his fighters train "basically six days a week," he knows there are times where some fighters need more attention that others. "I just focus on those whose fights are near," he says. This minimalist approach seems to be working quite well. "I have a helper who helps me out," Guzman tells me, "and also the strength and conditioning coach." Although he's clearly hard working, Guzman gives the impression of being a man who loves what he does.

"It’s really not that hard," he says, "because most of these guys are experienced."

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