Canelo Alvarez Knocks Out Caleb Plant To Become Super-Middleweight King

By taking down Caleb Plant for the IBF Super-Middleweight Title, Canelo Alvarez continued an incredible run that has helped cement his legacy as one of the top fighters in the world today.

Inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Canelo beat Plant via TKO in the eleventh round. It was a fight that saw Canelo land calculating shots. As a result, he is the first-ever undisputed super-middleweight champion, as he held the WBA, WBC, WBO, and The Ring Super-Middleweight Titles heading into the fight. 

He did it all in about eleven months.

“This means so much for the history of Mexico to become an undisputed champion,” Canelo stated after the fight. “There are only six undisputed champions in history. It keeps me happy and very motivated to be one of the six.”

Plant would start the bout off in a way that surprised many: being even with Canelo. He would avoid Canelo’s key shots and would land beautiful jabs. Known for his defense and footwork, Plant was able to glide by and make Canelo miss shots. By round three, he was increasing the number of jabs he was throwing, subduing Canelo, if only for a brief moment. Canelo would later admit during the post-fight press conference that he was a bit frustrated through the first five rounds because of how evasive Plant was.

Once he was able to figure him out, however, it was game over. The pressure was on, as Canelo’s body shots against a taller opponent again caused trouble and major damage. Alvarez would then kick it into overdrive in round seven with several more blows to the body of Plant. Plant used a few counter rights, but Canelo’s power could not be denied. Plant would then try a different strategy of being patient and waiting for Canelo to miss, but he could not find his opening.

By round nine, Canelo would have Plant by the corner, which spelled disaster for the latter. He landed several more body shots in the tenth that had Plant retreat. It was then the beginning of the end for Plant, who was knocked down twice by Canelo in the eleventh. The first knockdown, the first time that had ever happened to Plant, was via a swift uppercut. Right after, Canelo would go on the attack, landing a strong hook that shook Plant back, and then he would not stop an assault that included combination blows.

Plant went down again and it was all over from there. The crowd went wild as the Mexican superstar crossed another name off of his list.

Plant was taken to a local medical center for observation after the fight. Before the final knockdown, the judges had the contest scored 98-92, 96-94, and 97-93, all in favor of Canelo.

According to CompuBox, Canelo landed 117 total shots compared to Plant’s 101. ‬‪He landed 102 power shots compared to Plant’s 59, and only landed less than ten shots twice. Plant did it seven times. ‬Towards the end of the fight, Canelo assaulted Plant with nine power shots out of 14 hits.

There was plenty of drama heading into the fight. The initial press conference between the two had Plant call Canelo a cheater, and both would brawl on the stage. Plant would suffer a cut below his eye, and Canelo would show rage many haven’t seen from the normally calm fighter. Canelo would end up changing his thoughts on Plant after the fight. 

“Caleb is a good fighter,” said Canelo. “I have a lot of respect for Caleb Plant. He was a difficult opponent with a lot of ability and I do respect him. We are both men at the end of the day. He wanted to fight me and still continue. I told him there’s no shame. We had a great fight tonight.”

What is next for Canelo? He stated he would be talking with his team, and he would ideally like to fight by May 2022. Former WBC Super-Middleweight Champion Anthony Dirrell, who won via a vicious knockout earlier in the night, put his name out there to face Canelo. There is also former WBC Super-Middleweight Champion David Benavidez and WBC and IBF Light-Heavyweight Champion Artur Beterbiev.

Main Card

Canelo Alvarez def. Caleb Plant via TKO (1:05 into round 11)

Anthony Dirrell def Marcos Hernandez via KO (0:22 into round four)

Rey Vargas def. Leonardo Baez via unanimous decision (99-91, 100-90, 100-90)

Elvis Rodriguez def. Juan Pablo Romero via KO (round five)

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