Caleb Plant: “I’ll Beat David Benavidez, I’ll Beat [Jermall] Charlo And I’ll Be Crowned One Of The Greatest Fighters Of This Era”
By: Hans Themistode
Caleb Plant has heard all of the naysayers over and over again.
The IBF super-middleweight belt holder recently revealed that he’ll be taking on unified 168-pound titlist, and current pound-for-pound star, Canelo Alvarez. The two will square off on November 6th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The moment their showdown was announced, observers have attempted to predict what round Alvarez will score the knockout victory. Plant, however, is unintimidated with the credentials of his Mexican counterpart. Not only does the IBF champion believe he’ll take care of business two months from now, but he’s also certain that he’ll defeat Alvarez in back-to-back showdowns if need be.
“By the time it’s said and done, I’ll beat Canelo Alvarez,” said Plant on the PBC Podcast. “And if there’s a rematch that has to be done, I’ll beat him twice.”
During Plant’s short career, he’s made it look incredibly easy against everyone he’s swapped fists against. Just recently, Plant cruised to a unanimous decision victory against former titleholder Caleb Truax in January earlier this year.
But while Plant has continued to defend his world title with relative ease, Alvarez represents a tremendous step up in competition.
After climbing up to the light heavyweight, in November of 2019, and dethroning former titlist Sergey Kovalev, Alvarez settled in at the super middleweight division. The Mexican native would then go on a hunt to capture every world title in his newfound weight class.
Alvarez would wrap the WBC, WBA, and Ring Magazine titles around his waist in a one-sided win against Callum Smith in December of 2020. Most recently, the 31-year-old shattered the right orbital bone of Billy Joe Saunders and relieved him of his WBO title.
Regardless of his skills though, Plant has stated on numerous occasions that he’ll make it look “easy” come fight night.
In the grand scheme of things, a win over Alvarez only represents step one for Plant. Not only does the 168-pound titlist believe he’ll defeat Alvarez and anyone else that’s put in front of him, by the time he hangs up his gloves for good, he’s firmly of the belief that he’ll leave an indelible mark on the sport.
“I’ll beat David Benavidez, I’ll beat [Jermall] Charlo and I’ll be crowned as one of the greatest fighters of this era.”
Caleb Plant: “You Guys Have Made Fight Predictions And Been Wrong, You Know How Many Times I’ve Been Wrong? None”
By: Hans Themistode
The footsteps of Caleb Plant are noticeable when he walks into an gym to get started on his workouts. He screams when he hits the heavy bag and hollers when he works on his defensive movement. Even the sweat that falls from his body can be heard. Yet, that isn’t the only thing that he hears.
With the IBF super-middleweight titleholder roughly two months away from taking on unified 168-pound titlist Canelo Alvarez for a chance to become the division’s first undisputed world champion, Plant hears the doubters in the background.
Whether it’s media pundits, diehard fans, or simply casuals, the overwhelming majority believe that Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) simply has no chance come November 6th. Although he believes no one is in his corner, Plant is comforted when he takes a look at the track record of the so-called “experts.”
“You guys have made plenty of fight predictions before and you guys have been wrong,” said Plant during an interview with several reporters. “You know how many times I’ve been wrong? None.”
Plant, 29, is in the midst of a two and a half year title reign. Heading into what was the biggest fight of his career thus far, the Nashville, Tennessee native heard similar talk. Jose Uzcategui, the heavy-handed former titlist hit the canvas a total of two times before Plant ultimately ran away with the unanimous decision victory in January of 2019. Since then, he’s gone on to stop two of his past three opponents.
But while Plant still sports an undefeated record, Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) is considered by most to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. The Mexican star has made it his mission to rid the division of the other 168 pound titleholders.
In December of 2019, Alvarez easily defeated former WBA champion, Callum Smith. He then followed that up with back-to-back stoppages against mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim, and former WBO belt holder, Billy Joe Saunders, forcing him to remain on his stool for the beginning of the ninth round and placing his boxing future in doubt.
Considering that Alvarez is a four-division world champion and has consistently faced some of boxing’s very best, the 31-year-old is viewed as having little to no trouble in handling the IBF titlist.
Plant though, has heard it all before. From naysayers doubting his chances to win against Uzcategui, to others believing he has no future in the sport at all. The more they continue to overlook him, the more his own self-belief grows.
“Ever since I started boxing from the first tournament that I went to, people telling me what I can be or can’t be. I don’t belong in this sport, I’m never going to become a world champion. It seemed as though the more people told me I couldn’t do, the more that I believed in myself. At this point, I feel like I’m even more right. I’m just ready to fight.”
Leonard Ellerbe Believes Terence Crawford, Not Canelo Alvarez, Is The Best Fighter Pound For Pound
By: Hans Themistode
Over the past few years, Canelo Alvarez has truly solidified himself as the best fighter in the world, at least, according to most.
The unified super middleweight champion has gone from weight division to weight division and laid waste to most of the top names. After settling the score with Gennadiy Golovkin, defeating him by majority decision in 2018, Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) has gone on to defeat Daniel Jacobs for the IBF middleweight title. He then moved up to the light heavyweight division in 2019, stopping Sergey Kovalev in the 11th round and snatching away his WBO title.
Currently, Alvarez has settled in nicely at 168 pounds, defeating most of the titleholders in the division. Still, despite his impressive resume, CEO of Mayweather Promotions in Leonard Ellerbe, doesn’t have the Mexican star at the top of his own personal pound for pound list.
“Canelo is a very good fighter,” said Ellerbe to a group of reporters. “I think he’s a tremendous fighter, but I still personally say Terence Crawford.”
Crawford, 33, has always been mentioned amongst boxing’s best. However, with his lack of a marquee fight over the past few years, Alvarez’s star has shined slightly brighter. Alvarez, on the other hand, has continually fought in high leverage matchups over the years. The Mexican star was hoping to add another impressive name to his resume but was left beside himself as negotiations between himself and IBF super middleweight titlist Caleb Plant broke down.
Alvarez had hoped to secure a showdown with Plant in an attempt to become the division’s first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time. Although both teams worked hard behind the scenes to hammer out a deal, things ended abruptly with both sides deciding to go their separate ways.
Nonetheless, if team Alvarez and team Plant were able to find common ground during the negations, the two were likely to square off on September 18th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the mind of many, had both Alvarez and Plant swapped fists, the Mexican product was the heavy favorite. While Plant might be an undefeated titleholder, he has failed to face anyone in the upper echelon of the division over the past two years.
Although Ellerbe won’t defend the resume of Plant, he vehemently believes that if the two stepped into the ring against one another, Plant would have walked away with the victory.
“He can’t beat Caleb,” said Ellerbe when discussing a matchup between Alvarez and Plant. “He has all the wrong things for him. Trust and believe that. What you guys have seen is just glimpses of Plant. Styles make fights, he has everything that he needs to beat Canelo. Y’all say he can’t punch but he can punch, he’s a tremendous boxer, he has great defensive skills and most importantly, he’s a thinking fighter.”
Anthony Dirrell Wants Caleb Plant Next
By: Hans Themistode
A showdown between Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant was thought to be next on both men’s radar. With Alvarez holding the WBC, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine super middleweight titles, and with Plant in possession of the IBF belt, the pair sat down at the negotiating table to work out terms on a fight deal.
Yet, as the doors closed shut behind them, both 168-pound belt holders emerged from their discussions apoplectic with what took place. According to Plant (21-0, 12 KOs), Alvarez was offered a guarantee of at least $40 million, plus pay-per-view upside, amongst other concessions. The IBF titlist went on to say that although his team bent over backward to placate Alvarez and his requests, their demands were “absurd” and he was forced to leave the negotiating table.
Now, with Alvarez vs. Plant reportedly dead, Anthony Dirrell views this as the perfect opportunity to throw his name into the mix.
“Hey Caleb, come on man, you didn’t get the Canelo fight, let’s fight,” said Dirrell during an interview live on FS1.
Dirrell, 36, is anxious to wrap gold around his waist for a third time. His most recent title reign lasted just over six months before it was truncated at the hands of David Benavidez. The two faced off in September of 2019 at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California. While the opening rounds were closely contested, Benavidez dominated down the stretch, stopping his man in the ninth round.
Since then, Dirrell (33-2-2, 24 KOs) has made only one appearance in the ring which took place earlier this year. The former two-time 168-pound titlist locked horns against 160-pound fringe contender Kyrone Davis. Despite being a heavy favorite, Dirrell struggled throughout and was forced to settle for a split decision draw.
Although Dirrell’s last victory came two years ago against Avni Yildirim, that hasn’t stopped the Flint Michigan native from chasing a title shot against Plant.
The Nashville, Tennessee product has yet to reveal his future plans but did reiterate that he would like to return to the ring before the year comes to a close. Plant recently defended his IBF crown for a third time earlier this year in January. The 28-year-old made it look incredibly easy against former titlist, Caleb Truax, as he danced his way to a unanimous decision victory, winning every round on all three judges’ scorecards.
What Options Does Caleb Plant Have?
By: Hector Franco
The potential showdown for the undisputed super middleweight championship between IBF 168-pound titleholder Caleb Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) and Ring Magazine/WBA/WBC and WBO super middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) looks to be dead in the water as of now.
Plant, who was looking to participate in the most important fight of his career and stood to make a career-high payday of upwards of $10 million, decided to give his side of the story on social media as it seemed that most of the boxing world had deemed him guilty in being the reason the fight would not be taking place.
“Canelo was offered the highest guarantee of his career,” Plant told ESPN’s, Mike Coppinger. “He was set to make $40 million-plus Mexican TV rights and his Hennessy Sponsorship. No Problem, let’s fight. We gave it to him. Then they wanted upside of gate and PPV revenue; no problem, let’s rumble.
“It was always agreed that it was a title unification; no rematch for either fighter. Towards the end of the negotiations, they asked for a rematch when they lose. No problem, you can have the rematch as well; I just wanna fight.
“I question whether legacy or money is their real motive. We’ve been waiting for him to get done with his wedding, shooting his TV show, his golf tournament, and now have tried to give him everything he wants and more to make this fight.”
Some fans and pundits have speculated that Plant’s promoters and management with Premier Boxing Champions wanted a deal in place to secure future bouts with Alvarez on their platforms such as FOX and Showtime.
Regardless of the exact reasons the fight may not happen, it looks like Alvarez has already moved on and set his eyes on another opponent.
“I think Dmitry Bivol’s the fight, “ stated Chairman of Matchroom Sport, Eddie Hearn to IFLTV. “He’s ready. We promote him, we’ve spoken to his manager, and co-promoter-they want the fight, and they’ve been looking for that breakout fight for some time. Really good fight. We’ll have to see.”
Alvarez is currently the biggest name in boxing, and it is no surprise that he already has another fighter lined up to face him on the September 18th Mexican holiday. However, one wonders where does Plant go from here?
Former two-time WBC super-middleweight champion David Benavidez (24-0, 21 KOs) has a fight scheduled later this month in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, against former super middleweight champion Jose Uzcategui.
Benavidez and Plant both fight under the same promotional banner in Premier Boxing Champions. But would Benavidez be able to pull out of a fight in less than a month’s time to face another opponent?
Looking at the current top ten at super middleweight, they aren’t any matchups that would garner Plant anywhere near the notoriety that a fight with Canelo would.
Russia’s Fedor Chudinov (24-2-1, 16 KOs) is available at this time; however, he recently fought in early June, winning a unanimous decision to Ryno Liebenberg. Since losing to George Groves in May 2017, Chudinov has won 10 of his last 11 fights, with one draw to Isaac Chilemba earlier this year.
Power punching phenom David Lemieux (43-4, 36 KOs) also last fought in early June; however, he only went two rounds in stopping David Zegarra. The Montreal native has won five fights in a row since dropping a lopsided decision to Billy Joe Saunders in 2017.
Lemieux would pose a threat due to his punching power and could be a box office draw should a fight with Plant take place in Canada.
The Ring Magazine’s top ten at super middleweight also includes the United Kingdom’s John Ryder (29-5, 16 KOs), who may best be known for going life and death with former super middleweight champion Callum Smith in November 2019 in a fight many observers felt he earned a decision victory.
Unlike Lemieux and Chudinov, Ryder last fought in December 2020 and may be able to step in to face Plant if the IBF champion’s plan is still to fight in September.
While all these names may present a solid challenge to Plant, the one name that would intrigue the boxing public the most is a fight with current WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs).
Charlo has stated in the past that he would be willing to move up to super-middleweight to challenge Alvarez for a potential showdown.
A fight between Charlo and Plant could benefit both fighters as Charlo would become a three-division champion with a victory over Plant and make a potential bout with Alvarez that much bigger for the undisputed super-middleweight crown.
Despite moving up in weight, Charlo would represent the sternest challenge of Plant’s career. The issue for a fight with Plant and Charlo is that Charlo recently fought in June and was in a tougher than expected match with Juan Montiel.
The options for Plant seem few and far between; however, the last thing Plant should do is wait on the sidelines and not step in the ring at all. At the very least, Plant could stay busy and take care of a mandatory to remain sharp for when his moment in a major fight finally arrives; he will be ready.
“When I first set out on this journey and this mission, it wasn’t to just become world champion,” said Plant. “It was to become the first undisputed super-middleweight of all time.”
Caleb Plant Details What Went Wrong In Canelo Alvarez Fight Negotiations, Including What He Deems As “Absurd” Demands
By: Hans Themistode
Everything appeared to be going smoothly between Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant. The two sides were working out intense negotiations behind the scenes for an upcoming September 18th showdown.
The moment Alvarez landed the deleterious blow on Billy Joe Saunders in early May to rip away his WBO super middleweight world title, he made it no secret that he wanted Plant and his IBF belt. With a win, the Mexican star would become the first undisputed world champion in super middleweight history.
But while Alvarez has vehemently stated on numerous occasions that he would love nothing more than to face Plant, the Nashville, Tennessee native is of the belief that the pound for pound star is all talk.
“His bark is bigger than his bite,” said Plant to ESPN. “I question whether legacy or money is their real motive.”
As of yesterday afternoon, negotiations for their September showdown hit a bump in the road. Plant, 28, is incredulous that there having any issues at all. In his opinion, he’s acquiesced to nearly every demand Alvarez has asked for but that seemingly isn’t enough.
“Canelo was offered the highest guarantee of his career,” continued Plant. “He was set to make $40 million plus Mexican TV rights and his Hennessy Sponsorship. No problem, let’s fight. We gave it to him. Then they wanted upside of gate and PPV revenue; no problem, let’s rumble.
It was always agreed that it was a unification, no rematch for either fighter. Towards the end of negotiations, they asked for a rematch when they lose. No problem, you can have the rematch as well, I just wanna fight. We tried to give him everything he wants and more to make this fight.”
Although Plant believes both he and his team have been more than accommodating, he can’t say the same for team Alvarez. After successfully defending his title for the third consecutive time this past January against former titlist, Caleb Truax, Plant turned his direction towards Alvarez. The 28-year-old has made his feelings known that becoming an undisputed champion has been on his mind since he turned pro in 2014.
Nevertheless, with Alvarez making what Plant maintains as outrageous demands, he believes the sand inside the hourglass is wasting away.
“One that is absurd: If I get injured or sick then he gets a late replacement for the same amount of guaranteed money, but if he gets sick or injured, then we gotta wait for him. We’re at seven-and-a-half weeks from the fight; we’ve lost valuable time that should be spent promoting and drug testing for a fight of this magnitude.”
Canelo Alvarez Vs. Caleb Plant Talks Reportedly Breakdown
By: Hans Themistode
For the past few weeks, Canelo Alvarez saw himself move closer and closer to his ultimate goal of becoming an undisputed world champion at 168 pounds. However, as first reported by Mike Coppinger of ESPN, his dream of holding all four world titles will have to wait.
Initially, all appeared well in negotiations. In fact, many of the contract details were reportedly hashed out. A date of September 18th was officially agreed upon, so we’re the financial part of their arrangement.
According to reports, Alvarez was set to earn a career-high payday of more than $40 million. As for Plant, his purse came in north of $10 million, also a career-high. While it’s been years since Alvarez was last seen on the pay-per-view stage, the Mexican star was set to return to the platform in his showdown with Plant on Fox.
At the moment, there were no specific details in terms of why their negotiations broke down. No matter the case, as claimed by Coppinger, Alvarez vs. Plant is “dead in the water.” At least for now.
While Alvarez has made his feelings known that he would love nothing more than to become the first undisputed world champion at 168 pounds, promoter Eddie Hearn continued to express that if a deal isn’t agreed upon, that Alvarez has a bevy of options. Amongst them, would be two showdowns at 175 pounds.
Current WBA light heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol and unified champion Artur Beterbiev, are said to be in the driver’s seat as secondary options. In the case of Beterbiev, Hearn revealed that Alvarez “sickly” wants a matchup with him soon. Outside of move up in weight, a possible third showdown against Gennadiy Golovkin has also been mentioned.
As reported several weeks ago, DAZN officials approached Golovkin about the possibility of facing Alvarez in September. From there, Golovkin didn’t mince words, stating he was “ready, willing and available.”
Both Golovkin and Alvarez shared the ring on two occasions. The first, which took place in September of 2017, ended in a controversial draw. The two would do it again one year later. This time, Alvarez eked out the majority decision win.
Still, despite their history, Alvarez has shown little to no interest in facing him. The pound-for-pound star is firmly of the belief that if they were to cross paths in the ring once more, he would violently put an end to their rivalry.
Although Alvarez seemingly has plenty of options to choose from outside of Plant, the IBF 168 pound belt holder remains his preferred option. With three title defenses under his belt since winning gold against Jose Uzcategui in January of 2019, Plant has continued to claim that while he respects the skillset of Alvarez, he presents the sort of complex puzzle that the Mexican product wouldn’t be able to solve.
Nonetheless, while both fighters remain confident in the outcome of their possible showdown, they’ll have to work out the wrinkles of their fight agreement before anything is set in stone.
Mike Tyson Believes Caleb Plant Has Absolutely No Chance Against Canelo Alvarez: “He’s Going To Get F*cked Up”
By: Hans Themistode
Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant continue to inch closer and closer to their undisputed showdown.
The pair are currently locked in negations on a proposed September 18th, showdown that would take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. With Alvarez holding the WBC, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine super middleweight world titles, and Plant in possession of the IBF strap, the winner of their contest would produce the division’s first ever undisputed world champion.
In the mind of many, Alvarez has the clear advantage heading into their possible matchup. With the Mexican star gracing the top of virtually every pound for pound list, most believe it’s inevitable that Alvarez relieves Plant of his world title. Amongst those who are backing Alvarez, is 2011 Hall of Famer, Mike Tyson.
Not only does the former undisputed heavyweight champion believe that Alvarez will dispose of Plant, but he’s also fully convinced that he’ll do so quite easily.
“Caleb Plant ain’t lasting the distance,” said Tyson on his podcast, Hotboxin with Mike Tyson. “I saw this guy fight (Plant), he’s going to get slaughtered. He’s going to get clocked. He’s going to get so f*cked up. This guy is going to f*cking kill him.”
Alvarez, 31, has run through his competition as of late. Earlier this year, the Mexican product scored two devastating knockouts. The first came against fringe contender Avni Yildirim in late February. Alvarez wasted no time in getting rid of his man, doing so in the third round. He then followed that up with another comprehensive win. This time, at the expense of Billy Joe Saunders.
The British star fought Alvarez on fairly even terms in early May at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. However, his night came to an abrupt end due to a right uppercut by Alvarez that shattered his right orbital bone and simultaneously crushed his eye socket. With the win, Alvarez picked up his third world title at 168 pounds and immediately began targeting Plant.
As for the IBF belt holder, he’s also taken care of business against whoever has stepped foot inside the ring with him, albeit they’ve been against much lesser names. After winning his world title against Jose Uzcategui in January of 2019, the Nashville, Tennessee native has defeated fringe contenders Mike Lee and Vincent Feigenbutz. Recently, he outpointed former titlist, although long faded, Caleb Truax.
Those who back Plant to pick up the win against Alvarez point to his movement and boxing ability. The 29-year-old has prided himself on hitting his opponents and receiving little to no punishment in return. But while Tyson notices that Plant does have good abilities in the ring, he believes that once Alvarez attacks his midsection, it’ll be all she wrote.
“Wait until Alvarez hit that mother f*cking body. He’s gonna f*cking kill him.”
Canelo Alvarez Vs. Gennadiy Golovkin Could Reportedly Be Next
By: Hans Themistode
Although Canelo Alvarez wants nothing more than to create history, he could be forced to travel down a familiar road instead.
As first reported by Lance Pugmire of The Athletic, DAZN officials have recently had a word with current IBF middleweight titlist and long-time rival of Alvarez in Gennadiy Golovkin. The topic of discussion between both sides was to get a clear understanding of whether or not the Kazakhstan star would be available for a fall showdown against Alvarez. Upon hearing the news, Golovkin reportedly replied that he is “ready, willing and available.”
At this time, it is unclear if Alvarez would be willing to move back down to 160 pounds, if Golovkin would be traveling eight pounds north or if both sides will settle upon a catchweight agreement.
As negotiations between team Alvarez and IBF super middleweight belt holder Caleb Plant continue to drag on, team Golovkin isn’t quite sure if there is serious interest in staging a third fight or if team Alvarez is using his name as a negotiating chip against team Plant.
Alvarez, 30, has shared the ring with Golovkin on two separate occasions. In September of 2017, Alvarez made his middleweight debut by challenging the former unified titlist. While most fans at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and those watching around the world believed Golovkin did more than enough to earn the win, he was forced to settle for a highly controversial split decision draw.
The two would face off once more one year later. This time, although their contest was extremely competitive, Alvarez eked out a majority decision win. Golovkin has since bounced back from his lone defeat, stopping two of his past three opponents. But while the Kazakhstan native has continued to campaign at 160, Alvarez has made frequent trips up and down the scale.
Following the win against Golovkin, Alvarez captured world titles at super middleweight against Rocky Fielding, Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders. The Mexican star also made a brief cameo appearance at 175, knocking out Sergey Kovalev to wrap his WBO light heavyweight title around his waist.
Currently, Alvarez is in possession of the WBA, WBC, WBO and Ring Magazine 168 pound titles. He’s since urged his team to negotiate a showdown against Plant, the weight division’s remaining belt holder. If Alvarez were to face Plant and pick up the win, he would become the first undisputed world champion at 168 pounds.
All along, Plant has been the preferred choice of Alvarez. However, if negotiations continue to stall, Golovkin appears to be waiting on standby.
Tim Bradley On Canelo Alvarez vs. Caleb Plant: “He’s Going To Beat The Dog Hell Out Of Plant”
By: Hans Themistode
Although Canelo Alvarez has yet to claim the fourth and final world title at 168 pounds, in the mind of Tim Bradley, it’s already a foregone conclusion.
After defeating Billy Joe Saunders via eighth-round stoppage for his WBO title just a few weeks ago, Caleb Plant remains the only super-middleweight belt holder outside of Alvarez. The Mexican star made it no secret that his next target will, in fact, be Plant for an undisputed showdown this coming September.
While Bradley does admire the skills that Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) brings to the table, in his opinion, Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) is simply the best fighter in the world and he’ll make it look easy against Plant in a few more months.
“Canelo is the number one fighter in the world, by far,” said Bradley during an interview with Behind The Gloves. “In nine months, he captured three straps, bout to be four cause he’s going to beat the dog hell out of Plant. No disrespect, I like Plant, he got skills but he makes a ton of mistakes and he’s going to have to raise his game if he’s going to beat a guy like Canelo.”
Plant, 28, continued his dominant title run with an easy win over former belt holder, Caleb Truax on January 30th earlier this year. While he has barely lost a single round during his career, Plant hasn’t exactly fought a who’s who of names either. Still, even with the lack of big-time opposition plastered on his resume, the Nashville, Tennessee native believes he’s fully prepared to strip Alvarez of his world titles and become the first 168 pound undisputed champion of all time.
That notion, however, is simply laughable to Bradley. With the Hall of Fame names that Alvarez has shared the ring with, the pound-for-pound star simply appears to be several steps ahead of the competition at the moment.
“Just too much experience,” explained Bradley. “He’s fighting at the ultimate level, at the top of his game, things have slowed down for him inside the ring. He’s see’s stuff come before it even happens. He can predict things, he understands where he needs to be at all times.”
Caleb Plant: “There’s A List Of Things That Canelo Cannot Do Better Than Me, He Just Can’t F*ck With Me
By: Hans Themistode
Canelo Alvarez, by and large, is the most praised fighter in the world at the moment. The Mexican star is widely considered as the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the sport, his skillset has often drawn comparisons to some of the all-time greats and his placement in the boxing Hall of Fame is seemingly solidified the moment he hangs up his gloves.
Yet, no matter how many superlative words are thrown in his direction, Caleb Plant simply doesn’t believe that Alvarez is anywhere near his level.
“It’s been a long time coming where I felt like, there’s things that I hold over him,” said Plant during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “He just can’t f*ck with me. There’s a list of things that Canelo cannot do better than me.”
Alvarez, 30, recently added to his legacy with an eighth-round stoppage win over Billy Joe Saunders. The win for the pound-for-pound star netted him yet another super middleweight world title. Now, the only thing stopping him from becoming the first undisputed 168-pound champion in boxing history is Plant as he holds the IBF title.
At the moment, Plant is under the promotional banner of Premier Boxing Champions, while Alvarez has just finished his two fight agreement with promoter Eddie Hearn. Now, the Mexican star is a free agent, freeing him to negotiate a showdown with Plant without any ties to a promoter.
With Alvarez completely focused on winning the one world title at 168 pounds that is currently not in his possession, Plant is urging him to pick up the phone and give him a call. Although most of the boxing world doubts his chances of actually pulling off the upset, Plant couldn’t care less what the viewing public believes. In his mind, he knows that he has what it takes to make his own undisputed dreams come true.
“He wants to become undisputed and I want to become undisputed. There’s only one way to make it happen. I’ve been envisioning this my whole life.”
Caleb Plant On Canelo’s Opposition: “He’s been Fighting These UK Level Guys, He’s Looked Human In Some Of These Bigger Fights”
By: Hans Themistode
Caleb Plant can’t help but notice the large target currently on his back. The Nashville, Tennessee native became the last stumbling block for Canelo Alvarez and his road to undisputed just a few days ago.
In front of what turned out to be a record amount of fans, Alvarez shattered the right orbital bone of Billy Joe Saunders at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. The win for the Mexican star allowed him to wrap the WBO super middleweight world title of Saunders around his waist. With the WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine belts already in his possession, Alvarez has now turned his full attention towards Plant and his IBF world title.
With Alvarez determined to become the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time, Plant smiles as he has the same exact goal.
“He wants to become undisputed,” said Plant during an interview with Mike Coppinger. “I’ve been keeping the same energy as well.”
If both Alvarez and Plant do, in fact, find themselves in the ring against one another, Plant figures to be a massive underdog. The 30-year-old Alvarez has picked up world titles in four separate weight classes and is widely viewed as the number one fighter in the world.
But while Alvarez continues to soak up the praise and adulation, Plant isn’t exactly impressed with who he’s been fighting. If those in the boxing world would simply take the time to examine his resume, they’ll notice a certain pattern in the Mexican native’s level of opposition.
“He’s been fighting these UK-level guys and European type guys,” continued Plant. “That’s cool but as far as him fighting the top – Floyd, Lara, GGG, he’s 1-3. At the end of the day, he’s just a man and he’s looked human in some of these bigger fights as well.”
Despite Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) claiming that Alvarez is only 1-3 during those previously mentioned contests, Alvarez is actually 3-1. However, those wins were not without controversy. In September of 2013, Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) was handed the first defeat of his career against Floyd Mayweather. One year later, he eked out a close, yet highly controversial split decision win against Erislandy Lara. Fast forward three years later, and Alvarez found himself embroiled in controversy yet again, this time, against Gennadiy Golovkin.
The two faced off in September of 2017 and despite most of the boxing world believing Golovkin did more than enough to take home the win, Alvarez was handed a split decision draw. The two would have an immediate rematch. This time around, Alvarez was awarded the majority decision win.
Recently, the pound-for-pound star has spent most of his time facing fighters from the United Kingdom and abroad. In December of 2020, Alvarez easily defeated UK’s Callum Smith to claim his WBA, Ring Magazine and vacant WBC super middleweight titles. Shortly after, Alvarez made short work of Turkish born mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim, stopping him in the third round in February earlier this year. Lastly, Alvarez of course took care of business against UK’s Billy Joe Saunders last weekend.
In no way will Plant disrespect any of the former fighters Alvarez has fought. But, with that said, Plant firmly believes he’ll be facing an entirely different animal when the two face off.
“When that bell rings, I feel like he’s going to be in front of someone who has the mentally, the mindset and the heart of someone that he hasn’t been in front of for a long time.”
Caleb Plant: “People Misconstrued The Fact That Because Me and Billy (Joe Saunders) Have Some Slickness To Our Style That We’re The Same Fighter, That’s Almost Disrespectful”
By: Hans Themistode
Like most of the boxing world, Caleb Plant observed closely as Canelo Alvarez took care of business against Billy Joe Saunders. The two faced off this past weekend at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas in a super middleweight unification bout.
While their contest was mostly competitive, Alvarez ended things violently with a right uppercut in the eighth round. The blow from Alvarez forced Saunders to remain on his stool at the beginning of the ninth. After the win, it was revealed that the British native suffered a quadripod facial fracture.
With the WBO world title now safely wrapped around the waist of Alvarez, the Mexican native is now one belt away from becoming the first undisputed super middleweight of all time. To do so, Alvarez will now look to target a showdown with IBF titlist Caleb Plant. For the most part, despite sporting an undefeated record, most observers view Plant as having virtually no chance of picking up the win. Considering the manner in which Alvarez dispatched Saunders, and Plant’s somewhat similar qualities to the slick southpaw, many believe the same fate is awaiting should the two face off.
Although he respects the fighting ability of Saunders, Plant would appreciate it if everyone stopped comparing the two.
“I think people misconstrued the fact that maybe because me and Billy have some slickness to our style that we’re the same fighter,” said Plant during an interview with Mike Coppinger. “That’s almost disrespectful.”
Plant, 28, has shouted from the mountain tops that he is determined to take on Alvarez in his next fight. Recently, the Nashville, Tennessee native made quick of former champion, Caleb Truax earlier this year. Whether Plant has a fight coming up on his calendar or not, the undefeated 168 pound belt holder has a propensity for staying sharp outside of the ring. Saunders, on the other hand, has been known for gaining weight in between fights and putting on lackluster performances. Because of those reasons, and Plant’s continued winning ways, the IBF champion believes that the dedication he has shown both inside and outside of the ring, coupled with his overall fighting ability, has him on a completely different level when compared to Saunders.
“The discipline I have, the athletic ability that I have, the speed that I have – Billy’s quick but he’s not explosive. The height, the reach, the boxing IQ, I hit harder than him. I mean, the list goes on and on. Just because we have some slickness to our style, don’t construe that we’re the same boxer or even the same type of man.”
David Benavidez Doesn’t Like The Chances Of Caleb Plant Against Canelo Alvarez: “I Think Canelo Beats Him Easier Than He Did Billy Joe Saunders”
By: Hans Themistode
David Benavidez wasn’t entirely surprised that Canelo Alvarez defeated Billy Joe Saunders, but nevertheless, he was still impressed. The two faced off in a super middleweight unification bout this past weekend at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
In front of over 73,000 screaming fans, Saunders gave Alvarez a competitive bout before the Mexican star landed a devastating right uppercut that completely shattered the right orbital bone of his man.
With Alvarez adding the WBO title previously held by Saunders to his WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine belts to his collection, he’s only one title away from becoming the first undisputed super middleweight champion in boxing history. In order to do so, Alvarez will be tasked with handing IBF titlist Caleb Plant the first defeat of his career, something Benavidez believes he’ll get done with relative ease.
“I think Canelo beats him easier than he did Billy Joe Saunders,” said Benavidez during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “I think he’ll stop Caleb Plant with a body shot, I really feel like Caleb Plant doesn’t take body shots too well and Canelo throws amazing body shots.”
At the moment, Plant is hoping that he’ll receive the opportunity to make everyone, including Benavidez, eat their words. The 28-year-old dominated his latest opponent in long-faded former champion, Caleb Truax this past January. Following the win, Plant didn’t eschew from the possibility of facing Alvarez. Despite the belief in himself, Benavidez simply isn’t buying his chances.
While the Mexican star may crave a showdown with Plant more than anyone else in the boxing world, the IBF belt holder is currently under the banner of Premier Boxing Champions. Alvarez, on the other hand, while a promotional free agent, has stated on numerous occasions that he would like nothing more than to continue his business relationship with promoter Eddie Hearn. Those relationship ties could lead to long, drawn-out contract negotiations. With that said, Benavidez is firmly under the belief that their showdown makes too much sense for it to not happen next.
“I think so, I think it makes sense on both sides. Caleb Plant is what? 29 years old? He’s probably in his prime right now and he doesn’t have any bigger opportunity than that. What else does he want? Fighting Canelo is the biggest opportunity anybody ever gets. It has to be made, I’m sure it’s going to be in September.”
Jermall Charlo: “Caleb Plant Don’t Want No Smoke With Me”
By: Hans Themistode
Jermall Charlo has made it no secret that he is interested in trading fists with former WBC super-middleweight champion David Benavidez. Although he currently campaigns one weight class higher, Charlo hasn’t backed down from his claim that he will not only move up in weight to face Benavidez but also that he would cause serious damage to him if their contest does in fact become a reality.
While Benavidez is his main target, Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) would have no issue with making a slight detour.
After taking a closer look at the super middleweight division, the Houston native is under the impression that while a matchup with Benavidez would end a knockout victory, the beating he would dish out to him wouldn’t compare to what he would do to IBF belt holder Caleb Plant.
“Caleb Plant don’t want no smoke with me,” said Charlo during an interview with Brian Custer on the Last Stand Podcast. “I’ll put that boy right back in Tennessee.”
Much like Benavidez, the issue with making any of these matchups a reality is that Charlo currently holds the WBC middleweight title and expressed a desire in unifying the division.
With Charlo last defending his title in September of 2019 against perennial contender Sergey Derevyanchenko in a one-sided match, the former two-division champion has remained idle on the sidelines. But while he has doesn’t have a concrete date set in stone for his next ring appearance, Charlo revealed that he wouldn’t mind taking on Plant as soon as possible.
In fact, Charlo is so confident in the outcome of that matchup, that he has no problem handing Plant the weight advantage on fight night.
“I’ll weigh in at about 162, 163 and beat Caleb Plant’s ass. Stop playing with me, he’s too small for 68 anyways.”
Currently, Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) is on a collision course with unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez.
On January 30th earlier this year, the Nashville, Tennessee native held up his end of the bargain as he easily outboxed long-faded former champion, Caleb Truax. With Alvarez scheduled to take on WBO titlist Billy Joe Saunders on May 8th, should he win, all that would be missing from his 168-pound belt collection is the IBF title currently draped over the shoulder of Plant.
If, for whatever reason, a showdown between the pair doesn’t take place, Charlo appears ready, willing and able to take on all comers.
“I’m down for whatever. I’m here to fight whoever.”