A couple days after Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KOs) saw his scheduled September 15 opponent, Victor Ortiz, quit in his bout against Josesito Lopez (per ESPN), Alvarez has reportedly gotten himself another opponent for his fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (25-0, 14 KOs), according to Dan Rafael of ESPN on Twitter.
This not only clears up who Canelo's opponent will be, but also how the fight will air on TV, as the Showtime showing debunks the CBS rumors that were floating around (per CBS).
Alvarez-Ortiz was said to be on Showtime pay-per-view, but now with Ortiz out of the picture and a big enough name not available, it appears that Showtime feels like it would be best to put the bout on their regular subscriber-based network.
That's because PPV sales would dip without a bigger name and the competing Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. bout—just a few miles away from the MGM Grand at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas—the same day will also hurt PPV sales.
Trout is no hack. As stated earlier, he is the current WBA junior middleweight title holder and has an impressive 25-0 record. Still, a bout with "Canelo" without a doubt would be Trout's biggest fight to date.
Although the boxing world lost the bout that would be a bigger draw, seeing what Trout is really made of against Alvarez will still be a great fight. However, it will be less of a competitor against the other big fight down the road the same night in Las Vegas.