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Canelo-Plant Showtime PPV Present On Monitor To Attain 800,000 Buys

Canelo Alvarez’s return to boxing’s conventional pay-per-view platform Saturday evening was an even bigger success than anticipated.

BoxingScene.com has realized that the entire purchase price for the Showtime Pay-Per-View occasion headlined by Alvarez’s Eleventh-round knockout of Caleb Plant is on observe to succeed in 800,000. That whole consists of solely home buys in the USA by way of cable and satellite tv for pc operators, in addition to digital gross sales which have persistently accounted for an rising variety of buys in 2021.

The whole purchase price for pay-per-view occasions usually takes many months to tabulate.

Quite a few trade insiders indicated to BoxingScene.com earlier than Alvarez fought Plant on Saturday evening at MGM Grand Backyard Area in Las Vegas that their combat would draw someplace between 500,000 and 600,000 buys, partly as a result of Showtime’s four-fight telecast immediately competed with UFC 268 on pay-per-view.

The 31-year-old Alvarez is boxing’s greatest star within the U.S., however he hadn’t competed solely on pay-per-view since his 12-round, majority-decision victory over rival Gennadiy Golovkin of their middleweight championship rematch in September 2018 at T-Cell Area in Las Vegas. The second Alvarez-Golovkin battle reportedly produced roughly 1.1 million buys.

Every of Alvarez’s three bouts earlier than he topped Plant – successive victories over Callum Smith, Avni Yildirim and Billy Joe Saunders – have been provided on pay-per-view by way of cable and satellite tv for pc operators within the U.S., however have been primarily streamed by DAZN, a less expensive choice than conventional pay-per-view.

The Mexican famous person’s showdown with Plant marked Alvarez’s first combat in affiliation with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions. It additionally was his first pay-per-view combat distributed by Showtime since his controversial 12-round, split-decision defeat of Cuban southpaw Erislandy Lara in July 2014 at MGM Grand Backyard Area.

Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 KOs), who grew to become boxing’s first totally unified tremendous middleweight champion by beating Plant, stays a promotional and community free agent.

The four-division champion mentioned throughout his post-fight press convention Saturday evening that he in all probability gained’t return to the ring till early in Could of 2022. His victory over Plant (21-1, 12 KOs) was his fourth combat in lower than 11 months, an unusually excessive price of exercise for an elite-level boxer who makes eight figures per combat.

Alvarez added that he gained’t resolve no less than till January on who he’ll combat subsequent. He’ll additionally take his time to decide on whether or not to realign himself with Haymon and Showtime or FOX, or if he’ll head again to DAZN and work with promoter Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.

Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He may be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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