On Saturday, November 6, boxing history will be made.
Boxing superstar and current holder of three championship belts Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be fighting current IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant for a unification title showdown.
The winner will become the first ever undisputed super middleweight champion in boxing history.
Not only is this a fight between two champions to unify a weight class, the two also have a built-up animosity for each other.
The adversaries had a heated stare down that resulted in a scrap at a press conference in September.
Alvarez pushed the 29-year-old Plant first. Plant retaliated with a quick left shot that barely missed Alverez’s chin. The two would eventually be separated.
Plant, the Tennessee native, was letting Alvarez know that he is not afraid of the 31-year-old sensation.
Alvarez has shown not to be resting on his laurels and that he is motivated to win this historic unified bout. Let’s get to know these fighters and see how they ended up in this big-time fight.
“Sweethands” Hunter Plant is a 6’1, super middleweight Champion from Ashland City, Tennessee.
He started boxing at age eight.
He defeated Jerry Odom for the 2011 Light Heavyweight Golden Gloves Championship Title. He built up a strong reputation as an amateur fighter being recognized as an alternate for the 2012 Summer Olympic team.
His first fight he won by knockout within the first 47 seconds. This would be a common theme for Plant in his professional career. He is undefeated in hall of his matches.
Of those 21 matches, he has won by knockout 12 times. Power is not an issue for Sweethands.
To win the International Boxing Federation title (IBF), Plant knocked down the champion Jose Uzcategui. He outpunched his opponent 217 to 157, according to CompuBox, allowing him to win by unanimous decision.
Since that fight on January 13, 2019, Plant has defended his title three times, winning by TKO twice, defeating Mike Lea, Vincent Feigenbutz and Caleb Truax, who he defeated earlier this year in January.
The champion has been impressive, but he has not fought much since he has won the title, begging the question: does he have enough experience to take on Canelo Alvarez?
Santos Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez Barragán, also known famously as “Canelo Alvarez,” was born in Mexico.
He is the youngest of eight with six brothers, all of them becoming fighters.
He can be considered a boxing prodigy or savant becoming a professional at age 15.
His first fight, he knocked out Abraham Gonzalez in the fourth round. Of his 59 documented fights 38 of them have been by knockout.
The impressive feat cannot be undersold. A teenager fighting much older men and knocking them out before he is legally allowed to drive and or have a beer garners attention.
What is also astounding about this fighter is his ability to win in different weight classes.
He has won multiple championships in four weight classes from light middleweight to light heavyweight.
He defeated Austin Trout to win the light middleweight championship, Miguel Cotto for the middleweight, Sergey Kovalev for the light heavyweight championship and Callum Smith for the super middleweight.
As a quadruple champion, he is one of 21 men throughout boxing history to have achieved this feat.
Another accomplishment he is trying to achieve is winning the undisputed super middleweight champion.
He beat Smith to win the WBA, WBC and The Ring super middleweight titles. In May, he beat Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO Super middleweight title.
His eyes are now on the final challenge, which is to defeat Plant for the IBF Championship.
This fight should be interesting.
Alvarez is the betting favorite because of his historic prowess in the ring and undisputable talent.
Plant has the height advantage and the reach advantage at 74 inches compared to Alvarez’s 70 inch.
Plant has only fought twice within the past two years and none of his competition prior compares to Alvarez.
Alvarez is known as being an excellent counter puncher and body puncher. He may not have the reach, but he is sturdy, smart and knows how to exploit his opponents’ weaknesses.
Other than his loss to Floyd Mayweather in 2013 in his early twenties, Alvarez has not lost a fight and has proven himself the best across multiple weight divisions and organizations.
Given the background, it could be hard to see him losing to Plant.
You can watch the Alvarez versus Plant fight on November 6 at around 11:30 p.m. ET on Showtime.