Eleider Alvarez's upcoming rematch against Sergey Kovalev won't be Alvarez's only fight taking place on ESPN.
The WBO light heavyweight champion has reportedly signed a multi-fight co-promotional deal with Top Rank Boxing, allowing Alvarez to continue fighting on ESPN past his next fight. His first fight will be the rematch against Alvarez, set to take place in Frisco, Texas on February 2. That fight will headline a Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card.
According to Mathieu Boulay, the deal will go for seven fights and if Alvarez wins his next fight, then the plan is to have the WBO champion fight in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada either in May or in June.
More details for Alvarez deal with Top Rank/ESPN: 7 fights with very good money. If he wins on Feb 2nd against Kovalev, his second defense will be in Qc city in May or June 2019. Unification is also possible in 2019. Great news for #Alvarez and his team.— Mathieu Boulay (@MBoulayJDM) December 18, 2018
Alvarez, who is also promoted by Yvon Michel, won the WBO title back in August in the main event of a boxing card televised on HBO when he scored a seventh-round stoppage win over Kovalev.
Should Alvarez retain his WBO title against Kovalev, the plan is to eventually have Alvarez have a unification fight. Top Rank also promotes WBC champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk and with WBA champion Dmitry Bivol being a network free agent after HBO Boxing ended earlier this month, there are titleholders at 175 pounds for Alvarez to try and unify with. There's also WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez waiting in the wings after Ramirez stated his intent on moving up to light heavyweight after defending his title against Jesse Hart.