David Benavidez Wants Canelo Alvarez Vs. Caleb Plant Winner: “They Can’t Just Skip Me”
By: Hans Themistode
A win over Jose Uzcategui is one that David Benavidez desperately wants. Not only because defeating a former world champion would bolster his resume but more than anything, a victory against Uzcategui would become a gateway to the one fight he craves the most.
“I definitely feel like whoever wins out of this fight, me and Uzcategui, deserves to fight the winner of Caleb Plant and Canelo,” said Benavidez during a recent interview with Brian Custer.
One week prior to his showdown against Uzcategui taking place at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona on November 13th, Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant will lock horns. The two will square off on November 6th, at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada with all of the super-middleweight titles on the line.
While Benavidez would love nothing more than to face the winner of their contest, he refuses to get too enthralled in the particulars of their showdown. Before Benavidez can demand his own shot at the undisputed crown, the 24-year-old is placing all of his attention on the hard-hitting former champion, Uzcategui.
Up until recently, Uzcategui enjoyed being considered the boogeyman of the super middleweight division. His championship reign, however, proved to be transient as he was thoroughly outclassed by Plant during their January 2019 showdown. Since then, Uzcategui would surprisingly lose again, this time, to fringe contender Lionell Thompson.
Despite a few bumps in the road, Uzcategui has gotten back to his destructive ways, picking up back-to-back stoppage wins.
As for Benavidez, he’s continued to make short work of the competition. On March 13th, earlier this year, Benavidez picked up his fourth stoppage win in a row, dispatching Ronald Ellis in the 11th round.
If the Arizona product takes care of business against Uzcategui, especially in explosive fashion, it’ll be ostensible to Benavidez that the winner of Plant vs. Canelo will have no choice but to face him.
“I don’t see why he would go in another direction,” said Benavidez when asked if Canelo will face him if he’s victorious against Uzcategui. “This fight is for the WBC and IBF title eliminator. The winner of this fight has to fight Canelo. It’s not because people want to see it but because I earned the right. When I win this fight, they can’t just skip me.”
Canelo Alvarez Dismisses Demetrius Andrade: “I’m Never Going To Fight With Him”
By: Hans Themistode
Canelo Alvarez has made it known several times over that he’s willing to face any and anyone in the boxing world. Having fought as high as 175 pounds, the Mexican star has taken on some of the sport’s biggest and most notable names. Those would include the likes of Daniel Jacobs, Floyd Mayweather, Gennadiy Golovkin, Sergey Kovalev, and Erislandy Lara.
But while Alvarez enjoys testing his skills against elite-level competition, he’s shown no interest in facing off against Demetrius Andrade. The WBO middleweight titlist has urged Alvarez to face him in the ring for numerous years and nearly came to blows with the pound-for-pound star during a recent press conference. Although Andrade holds an undefeated record and captured world titles in two separate weight classes, Alvarez doesn’t deem Andrade worthy of his time in the ring.
“He’s a horrible fighter,” said Alvarez during an interview with Brian Custer on The Last Stand Podcast. “I’m never going to fight with him. He hasn’t fought with anybody.”
Despite Alvarez openly declining a showdown against Andrade, the WBO titlist is still attempting to bait him in. Although Andrade competes at 160 pounds, one full weight class lower than Alvarez, Andrade made it clear that he’s willing to meet Alvarez in any division.
“Canelo, you going to run up to 175?” Questioned Andrade during a recent press conference. “Cool, I can meet you there.”
Even with Andrade’s willingness to meet Alvarez anywhere to face him in the ring, Alvarez is focused on more pressing matters. On November 6th, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Alvarez is set to take on IBF super middleweight champion, Caleb Plant. With Alvarez already in possession of three of the four major world titles in the division, a win over Plant would crown Alvarez as the division’s first undisputed champion of all time.
If the Mexican product manages to successfully rip away Plant’s title, he’s unclear of his next direction. Regardless of what Alvarez ultimately does, he’s made his feelings crystal clear that a showdown against Andrade is not in his future.
Demetrius Andrade: “Canelo You Going To Run Up To 175? Cool, I Can Meet You There”
By: Hans Themistode
The name Canelo Alvarez has always brought a sly grin to the face of Demetrius Andrade.
For years on end, the two-division world champion has demanded that the Mexican star face him in the ring. The two campaigned at both 154 and 160 pounds for several years. But while Andrade made it his personal business to continually call Alvarez out, he was never given a contract with the pound-for-pound star’s name written upon it.
Currently, Andrade’s hopes of landing a showdown against Alvarez are dwindling. With the multiple division titlist fluctuating up and down in weight, it appears unlikely that he makes a return to 160 pounds. Alvarez’s last venture through the middleweight terrain came on May 4th, 2019. On the night, Alvarez registered a close but clear unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs.
Since then, Alvarez snagged a world title at 175 pounds and is currently in possession of three of the four major world titles at 168 pounds. In his next ring appearance, Alvarez will take on IBF super middleweight belt holder Caleb Plant. Should Alvarez win, he’ll become the division’s first undisputed champion of all time.
Whether Alvarez elects to defend his undisputed crown or opt to move back up to the light heavyweight division, is of no importance to Andrade. No matter what division Alvarez plants his flag next, Andrade is willing to meet him.
“Canelo you going to run up to 175?” Questioned Andrade during a recent press conference. “Cool, I can meet you there, no problem.”
Although Andrade would love nothing more than to get his hands on Alvarez, he has business to attend to beforehand. On November 19th, at SNHU Arena in Manchester, Andrade headlines a night of championship fights as he takes on fringe contender Jason Quigley.
Even with the Irish native holding a near flawless record at 19-1 with 14 knockouts, Andrade is confident that he’ll successfully defend his WBO middleweight title for the fifth time in his career.
“First things first though, I need to go out on November 19, defend my championship belt, and put on a spectacular performance, and that’s exactly what I plan on doing.”
Canelo Alvarez On Caleb Plant: “He’s A Good Boxer But I Have The Skills To Beat All The Styles Now”
By: Hans Themistode
Canelo Alvarez has an unquestioned disdain for IBF super middleweight titleholder Caleb Plant. Although the two are scheduled to meet on November 6th, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada with the chance to become the division’s first undisputed champion, the pair couldn’t wait until their fight date to swap fists.
During a recent press conference to promote their showdown, Alvarez became agitated during a heated face-off. The Mexican star pushed Plant across the stage, claiming that he said several derogatory words towards his mother. Unwilling to back down, Plant stepped right into the face of Alvarez and connected with an open-handed slap. Alvarez would then retaliate with two shots of his own.
As the two continued to lobby verbal threats at one another, Alvarez has claimed that he’ll stop his man in no more than eight rounds come fight night. While it’s unlikely that either man will sit down for a cup of coffee anytime soon, Alvarez does respect the skillset that Plant brings to the ring.
“He’s a good boxer,” said Alvarez during an interview with FightHype.com. “He has a good jab.”
Much like Alvarez alluded to, Plant has long been lauded for his ability to box. Throughout the career of Alvarez, he’s had his fair share of trouble with fighters who elect to box and move, such as Plant, as opposed to fighters who stand and bang in the middle of the ring.
Close wins against the likes of Erislandy Lara and Austin Trout, paired with a 2013 defeat against Floyd Mayweather Jr., has left many believing that Plant has the sort of style that will cause Alvarez serious trouble.
Those thoughts, however, while he understands them, are irrelevant at this point in Alvarez’s career. Having spent countless years facing an assortment of different fighters, Alvarez believes that despite Plant’s boxing ability, he’ll be able to easily make the necessary adjustments.
“I fight with every style so I have the experience. I have the skills to beat all the styles now. It’s nothing new for me. I fight with everybody.”
Caleb Plant As Confident As Ever Heading Into Canelo Alvarez Showdown: “I Know I’m Gonna Win This Fight”
By: Hans Themistode
Caleb Plant is sitting alone on an island. But he doesn’t mind.
With the majority of the boxing public viewing the IBF super middleweight champion as a no-hoper in his contest against Canelo Alvarez on November 6th, Plant has decided to tune out the noise.
While he acknowledges that defeating Alvarez is a monumental task, the 29-year-old belt holder is as confident as ever.
“I know I’m gonna win this fight,” said Plant during an interview with Brian Custer on The Last Stand Podcast. “I’m confident as I’ve ever been.”
Despite the fearless attitude of Plant, Alvarez is still pegged as a significant favorite. By and large, the Mexican product is considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, regardless of weight classes.
During his recent 168 pound run, Alvarez has taken care of business in dominant fashion. In December of 2020, Alvarez easily outboxed Callum Smith and ultimately stripped him of his WBA world title. In the process, Alvarez also snagged the vacant WBC and Ring Magazine belts.
After a quick pitstop against Avni Yildirim in February earlier this year, stopping the journeymen in the third round, Alvarez would take on Billy Joe Saunders. The elusive British product would find moments of success in the early goings. But eventually, Alvarez found the fight-ending blow in the eighth round, finishing off his rival and both stripping him of his WBO title and sending him into retirement.
With Plant facing the likes of Mike Lee, Vincent Feigenbutz, and most recently, Caleb Truax – the title reign of Plant has been viewed as somewhat lackluster in comparison.
Regardless of the lack of big-time opponents on his resume, Plant is still firmly backing himself in his upcoming showdown against Alvarez. Those who continue to doubt him won’t ruffle his feathers. As long the man in the mirror believes he’ll pull off the improbable victory, that’s all that matters.
“I don’t need you guys to believe. I don’t need you guys to support me or root for me. I’ve been doing it my whole life without people doing that. When the bell rings, can’t none of y’all get in their for me anyways. I don’t need y’all to believe it. The only person that needs to believe it is me.”
Ryan Garcia: “Andre Ward Can’t Fight For [Caleb] Plant”
By: Hans Themistode
Caleb Plant is leaving no stone unturned.
The IBF super-middleweight belt holder has recently revealed that he’s taking pointers from newly inducted Hall of Famer, Andre Ward. With Plant scheduled to take on Canelo Alvarez on November 6th, with all of the marbles on the line, the 29-year-old belt holder is attempting to peel away knowledge from the mind of Ward.
As an active fighter, Ward was once considered one of the pound-for-pound best in the world. But while he’s highly respected and viewed as an all-time great, Ryan Garcia believes that his help will ultimately be inconsequential.
“Andre Ward can’t fight for Plant,” said Garcia during an interview with FightHype.com. “It doesn’t matter, you can give all the advice that you want, it’s not going to change anything.”
Regardless of Ward’s help, oddsmakers have seemingly taken the side of Garcia. Currently, Alvarez is pegged as an overwhelming favorite to not only win his unification clash against Plant but to do so before the sound of the final.
In the eyes of the betting public, Plant’s minuscule chances stem from his lack of fights against top-tier competition. The 29-year-old Nashville, Tennessee native may have defended his world title on three separate occasions, but each opponent, by and large, has been viewed as a no-hoper.
Plant easily dispatched of both Mike Lee and Vincent Feigenbutz before sequentially cruising to a unanimous decision victory against Caleb Truax in January earlier this year.
Considering that Alvarez has built his name on the back of former world champions he’s defeated, the Mexican star is firmly entrenched as one of the best fighters in the entire sport.
As Garcia carefully observes the resume of Plant, he can’t help but raise an incredulous eyebrow at his chances. Unless Ward, a former two-division titlist who retired with an undefeated record after 32 pro fights, enters the ring in place of Plant, Garcia simply has a difficult time seeing how their pairing will benefit the IBF titlist in the slightest.
“I don’t even know how Ward would help. You’re still your fighter, you’re still going to be you. I don’t think it’s going to do anything.”
Canelo Alvarez On Caleb Plant skirmish: “He’s Gonna Pay November 6th, I Have Something Special For Him”
By: Hans Themistode
All of sudden, Canelo Alvarez is in a giving mood.
After meeting Caleb Plant for the first time face to face before their November 6th, showdown, the Mexican star was enraged with what took place yesterday afternoon. Once the two stars sized each other up on the press conference stage, Alvarez shoved his man, claiming the IBF titlist said a few disparaging words about his mother.
From there, Plant stepped up to Alvarez and connected with an open-handed slap. In an act of retaliation, Alvarez immediately let off two shots of his own, one of which caused a cut underneath the right eye of Plant.
With tension between the pair at an all-time high, Alvarez continued to get animated as Plant accused Alvarez, his head trainer Eddy Reynoso, and their entire camp – of being drug cheats. Once those accusations were lobbied in the direction of the unified super middleweight titlist, he jumped out of his seat and attempted to get in the face of Plant once again.
As the two were separated, Alvarez grabbed the microphone and revealed that come the night of their fight, he’ll have a heartfelt gift waiting for Plant.
“He’s gonna pay November 6th,” said Alvarez during the press conference. “When somebody bothers me with a lot of shit, they know. I have something special for him.”
Currently, oddsmakers are expecting Alvarez to walk away with the victory. The pound for pound star and multiple division titlist has faced considerably tougher competition throughout the course of his career.
Since picking up world titles at both the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, Alvarez has placed his flag in the 168-pound weight class. In December of 2020, Alvarez nabbed the WBA, WBC, and Ring Magazine titles during his one-sided victory over Callum Smith. Alvarez would then follow that up with back-to-back stoppage wins against Avni Yildirim and Billy Joe Saunders, the latter resulting in the WBO title being wrapped around his waist.
As for Plant, while he holds an undefeated record through 21 professional fights, his resume is mostly viewed as unimpressive. Since picking the IBF super-middleweight title against Jose Uzcategui in 2019, Plant has gone on to defeat an unheralded bunch in Mike Lee, Vincent Feigenbutz, and Caleb Truax.
But while most, including Alvarez, aren’t expecting Plant to reach the final bell, the IBF belt holder simply can’t wait until he makes the entire world eat their words.
“The only thing better than proving people right, is proving people wrong,” said Plant. “Make sure you tune in.”
Canelo Alvarez To Caleb Plant: “You’re Not On My Level”
By: Hans Themistode
With their November 6th, showdown still a long ways away, both Caleb Plant and Canelo Alvarez decided to get things started early.
At the kickoff press conference, which took place earlier today in Los Angeles, California, both Alvarez and Plant met face to face for the first time since signing off on their respective contracts. As the two stood nose to nose, jarring back and forth with one another, Alvarez removed his sunglasses as he continued his war of words with Plant.
Seemingly had enough of the theatrics, Alvarez shoved Plant while the two were on stage. Unwilling to back down, Plant then marched up to his upcoming opponent and threw a left hand. Much like his defensive actions in the ring, Alvarez avoided the incoming assault and then fired off two shots at Plant which left the IBF super-middleweight titlist bloodied underneath his right eye.
As security began swarming the stage, the two continued to lash out in rage.
For Plant, the 29-year-old Nashville, Tennessee native, is pegged as a significant underdog on the night. Although he’s held his world title for over two years, he’s failed to face anyone even remotely close to the skill level of Alvarez. Most recently, Plant was forced to settle for a wide unanimous decision win over long-faded former champion, Caleb Truax, earlier this year.
As Alvarez takes a long, strong look at the credentials of Plant, he can’t but shake his head. With three of the four world titles in the super middleweight division and numerous championship crowns over multiple weight classes, Alvarez is considered by most to be the best fighter in the sport, regardless of weight classes.
With their hostile press conference coming to an end, Alvarez grabbed the microphone and delivered one final message regarding the chances of Plant come November 6th.
“You’re not on my level,” said Alvarez. “You will see November 6th, you will find out, I promise you. You know what I do.”
Jose Benavidez Sr.: “I Think Canelo Is Really Going To Hurt Caleb Plant, He Might End Up In The Hospital”
By: Hans Themistode
Jose Benavidez Sr. will be an interested observer come November 6th, as both unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, and IBF belt holder Caleb Plant, will square off.
Originally, Benavidez Sr. was hoping that his son and former two-time 168-pound titlist, David Benavidez, would get the call to face either man. Instead, his son will look to knock off Jose Uzcategui one week later on November 13th.
As Benavidez Sr. prepares his son to go to war, the long-time trainer quickly analyzed the showdown between Plant and Alvarez. Not only does he expect Plant’s title reign to come to an end, but Benavidez also believes he will endure a physically painful night.
“I think Canelo is really going to hurt Caleb Plant,” said Benavidez Sr. during an interview with Fight Hub TV.
Aside from simply predicting the outcome of the fight, Benavidez Sr. dived deeper into his analysis, giving his exact reason as to why Canelo vs. Plant will be one-way traffic.
“I think he’s very fragile and he tends to get marked up very fast,” continued Benavidez Sr. “If he stays and trades a little bit with Canelo, he has very delicate hands, very fragile hands. I think he’s going to end up breaking his hand. That’s going to be very bad for him because Canelo is going to end up doing everything that he wants to do. He might end up in the hospital.”
As previously mentioned by Benavidez Sr., Plant has a history of hand issues. Heading into his first shot at a world title against Jose Uzcategui, Plant suffered a broken hand and was forced to have subsequent surgery.
More recently, Plant suffered from injury woes to hand yet again. During his latest title defense against former champion Caleb Truax, Plant wounded his left hand early in the fight. Despite essentially fighting with one hand, the Nashville, Tennessee native went on to dominate every round and win a wide unanimous decision.
Pairing Plant’s injury history with his lack of power and Benavidez Sr. believes he’s going to be in a world of hurt against Alvarez. The Mexican native and pound-for-pound star recently ended the career of Billy Joe Saunders. The two clashed in May earlier this year at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
In the eighth and what turned out to be the final round, Alvarez landed a deleterious uppercut that shattered the right orbital bone and eye socket of Saunders. Shortly after, the corner of the British native pulled their man from the bout. Once surgery was completed on the fracture, Saunders announced that he would be retiring from the sport. Unless, of course, long-time rival Chris Eubank Jr., pony up at least five million dollars for their own clash.
Although Benavidez Sr. has never quite seen eye to eye with Plant, he isn’t actively rooting against him. With that said, he views his upcoming task as virtually impossible.
“Hopefully he can do a big upset but I really don’t see it.”
Caleb Plant: “When My Hand Is Raised In Victory, The World Will Know Then, That I’m The New Face Of Boxing”
By: Hans Themistode
Despite the questions surrounding his overall resume, Caleb Plant’s confidence is through the roof as he prepares for what appears to be the most difficult test of his career.
The IBF super middleweight titleholder is set to defend his crown against unified champion Canelo Alvarez, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 6th. Currently, Plant is pegged as a significant underdog on the night. While Plant has reigned supreme as a world champion for the past two and a half years, Alvarez is widely considered the best fighter in the entire sport.
Regardless of the minuscule number of fans and media pundits picking Plant to emerge victorious, the Nashville Tennessee native urges all who doubt him to simply plunk down their hard-earned money and tune in to witness a once in a lifetime showing.
“On November 6, the world will witness boxing’s first ever crowned undisputed super middleweight champion,” said Plant. “Everyone should order the PPV now and get their popcorn ready, because I’m about to put on a performance that will go down in history as one of the best ever. This man is in trouble.”
Although Plant is oozing with self-belief, most within boxing circles aren’t buying his chances against Alvarez. Since truncating the title reign of Jose Uzcategui in January of 2019, Plant’s level of opposition has gone in the wrong direction. The 29-year-old has made it look incredibly easy against the likes of journeymen Mike Lee and Vincent Feigenbutz, stopping before the sound of the final bell.
Plant would follow those stoppage victories with a recent one-sided unanimous decision win over long-faded former champion, Caleb Truax. In the meanwhile, Alvarez has picked up numerous world titles across that same time period.
After dethroning middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs in May of 2019, and adding his IBF title to his ever-growing collection, Alvarez opted to move up two weight classes to take on WBO light heavyweight champion, Sergey Kovalev. The Mexican star proved that the height, reach and weight advantage of the hard-hitting former titlist, was extraneous as he scored the devastating stoppage victory in the 11th round.
While Alvarez enjoyed success moving up and down weight classes, the Mexican star settled into the super middleweight division in December of 2020. With victories over Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders, Alvarez now holds three of the four major world titles in the division. More importantly, as Alvarez continues to stack up wins and add to his championship mantle, the 31-year-old has earned a place as one of the best fighters in the world and is generally considered the face of the entire sport.
With that said, Plant believes that his name will usurp Alvarez as the number one attraction, provided he picks up the victory.
“When my hand is raised in victory, the world will know then, that I’m the new face of boxing.”
Leonard Ellerbe Reflects On Floyd Mayweather Vs. Canelo Alvarez: “Probably Floyd’s Easiest Fight Ever”
By: Hans Themistode
For much of Floyd Mayweather’s career, the flamboyant and loquacious multiple division titlist was viewed as untouchable in the ring.
Having beaten over 20 former world champions during his time as an active fighter, Mayweather has graced the squared circle against some of the sport’s all-time best. That list includes the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, and Manny Pacquiao. Amongst those aforementioned names, Alvarez, while still pegged as an underdog, was viewed as a significant threat to sully the record of Mayweather.
Regardless of those thoughts, Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, actually believes that the current pound-for-pound star provided the least amount of resistance.
“Probably Floyd’s easiest fight ever,” said Ellerbe on his social media account.
Originally, Mayweather and Alvarez squared off in 2013. Despite having youth and size on his side, Mayweather easily outboxed the Mexican star on the night. Since then, the careers of both men have gone in opposite directions.
Eight years following their showdown, Mayweather has long since retired from the sport, hanging up his gloves for good in 2017 following a 10th round stoppage win against Conor McGregor. Mayweather then carried his 50-0 professional record to the boxing Hall of Fame where he was officially named a member of the 2021 class.
Alvarez, on the other hand, seemingly has plenty more years under his belt before he walks away from the sport. Currently, the multiple division titlist is attempting to become the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time as he prepares to take on IBF titlist Caleb Plant on November 6th.
By and large, Alvarez is currently considered the best fighter in the sport, regardless of weight classes. In a recent interview, Alvarez, when broached with the question, revealed that if he fought Mayweather while in his prime, he would score the knockout win.
Those sentiments by Alvarez, have become sparked an ongoing debate centering around who would’ve won had Alvarez not faced Mayweather at such a young age. But while the youth of Alvarez is mostly viewed as an impediment to his success all those years ago against Mayweather, Ellerbe simply doesn’t want to hear it.
“Haters will say he had zero experience. Floyd was 36 at the time and Canelo was 23, with a 42-0 record, and outweighed Floyd by 20+ on fight night. They say anything to downplay his greatness.”
Losing To Canelo Alvarez Was Painful Both In The Ring And Financially For Shane Mosley
By: Hans Themistode
Shane Mosley couldn’t believe what he was looking at. After rubbing his eyes and pinching himself to confirm, the former multiple division titlist began flashing a bright grin.
Heading into his 2012 showdown against Canelo Alvarez, Mosley was taken aback when he was pegged as a significant underdog on the night. After carving out a career that was already Hall of Fame worthy, Mosley believed there was absolutely no logical reason why Alvarez was such a significant betting favorite.
Generally speaking, Alvarez was tabbed as a -875 favorite, while Mosley came back at roughly +575. Believing that the betting market made a huge mistake on the night, Mosley took his $600,000 purse and added a few more bucks on top of it. Then, he made his way to the casino and made an enormous bet on himself. Although Mosley was 40 years of age at the time, 19 years older than Alvarez, he simply couldn’t pass up on the return he was set to make for defeating the young star.
“They were gonna pay me $600,000,” said Mosley on OK Bet to Mario Lopez. “But I made a bet for a million dollars that I was gonna beat Canelo. If I would’ve won, I’d have $6 million.”
The betting market’s trepidation to back Mosley was due to several reasons. As previously mentioned, Mosley was near the back end of his career. In addition to that, the former multiple division champion had gone a full year without picking up a win. Mosley did, however, face extremely tough competition.
In May of 2010, Mosley lost a lopsided decision to Floyd Mayweather. He would return to the ring four months later but was forced to settle for a split decision draw against Sergio Mora. Mosley would then attempt to turn things around in a showdown against Manny Pacquiao in May of 2011. That of course, didn’t go as planned, as Mosley was floored in the third round and was dominated throughout.
Regardless of his form, Alvarez had yet to face anyone even remotely close to the skill level of Mosley. His lack of experience at the highest of levels, coupled with his youth, left Mosley feeling extraordinarily confident that he could pick up the win and pocket a large sum of cash in the process.
But while the pain of stomaching yet another defeat was bad enough, the loss was only exacerbated once Mosley came to grips with missing out on a significant payday as well.
“I was thinking this snot nose kid is not gonna beat me at 154 [pounds]. I had to pay $400,000 for getting my butt kicked. Canelo got me.”
Bob Arum Believes Only One Fighter Has A Chance Against Canelo Alvarez
By: Hans Themistode
Bob Arum couldn’t help but gush over the immense talent of Canelo Alvarez.
The Mexican native and pound-for-pound star, made a ringside appearance on Arum’s Top Rank show this past weekend as stablemate and WBC super featherweight champion Oscar Valdez, defeated mandatory challenger Robson Conceicao.
An overzealous Alvarez vehemently cheered for his good friend while shouting instructions. With Valdez eking out the win, Alvarez will now turn his attention to his own upcoming showdown, a November 6th matchup against IBF super middleweight titleholder, Caleb Plant.
In a moment of pure candor, Arum simply shook his head as he scrambled to name someone who could defeat the Mexican star.
“I don’t think anybody beats Canelo,” said Arum during an interview with several reporters. “He’s just that good.”
Although Arum ultimately expects Alvarez to snag the IBF title of Plant to become the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time, the 89-year-old promoter believes that he may have someone who will eventually dethrone him in the near future.
“Maybe in two years or a year and a half, [Edgar] Berlanga.”
The 24-year-old New York native has become somewhat of an internet sensation over the years. With 16 first-round finishes in his first 16 fights, Berlanga has earned the reputation of becoming a feared knockout artist.
In his most recent appearance, however, Berlanga saw his streak come to an end against Demond Nicholson. Despite registering numerous knockdowns throughout, Nicholson managed to peel himself up off the deck but would suffer a wide decision loss.
Recently, Berlanga came to terms on a two-fight deal with Top Rank. Up first for the hard-hitting super middleweight contender, is a showdown against Marcelo Esteban Coceres on October 9th, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Should he pick up the victory, Berlanga would then return two months later on December 11th, in the co-main event of a show headlined by Vasiliy Lomachenko.
If Berlanga continues to impress, as well as pick up victories, Arum is hopeful that his young star will eventually find himself standing across the ring from Alvarez with all of the super middleweight marbles on the line.
Oscar De La Hoya No Longer Interested In Canelo Alvarez: “I Changed My Mind, I’d Rather Call Out Floyd Mayweather Or Felix Trinidad”
By: Hans Themistode
Oscar De La Hoya was very much serious when he announced that he wanted to return to the boxing ring several months ago. The former six-division world champion showed off his older but still shredded physique during a recent workout to promote his showdown against former UFC champion, Vitor Belfort.
The two are set to clash in just a few short weeks on September 11th, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. While De La Hoya has failed to step foot inside a ring since being handed a one-sided beating against Manny Pacquiao over a decade ago, the 48-year-old has expressed confidence in his current comeback.
Initially, De La Hoya had much more ambitious plans. Should he pick up the win against Belfort and another against a yet to be determined opponent, De La Hoya revealed that a showdown against pound-for-pound star Canelo Alvarez was on his agenda. Yet, after carefully considering his options, De La Hoya is now targeting a pair of former champions much closer to his age bracket.
“I changed my mind,” said De La Hoya to FightHype.com when asked if he still wanted to face Alvarez. “Not because he’ll knock me out. It’s just, I thought it over and I’d actually rather call out, after I do two [comeback fights], Floyd Mayweather or Felix Trinidad.”
De La Hoya, of course, has plenty of experience in facing both men. In 2007, De La Hoya took on Mayweather with his WBC 154 pound title on the line. Although De La Hoya had his moments, Mayweather proved to be far too elusive as he won a close split decision.
Eight years prior, a prime, undefeated De La Hoya attempted to unify his WBC 147 pound title with the IBF trinket of Trinidad. Early on, De La Hoya had little to no trouble dealing with the hard-hitting Hall of Famer. However, a deleterious shot from Trinidad zapped the confidence of De La Hoya during the latter rounds and forced him to box a much more cautious fight.
His reluctance to engage ultimately led to his defeat. Since then, De La Hoya has always looked back on his loss against Trinidad with regret, wishing he had done more in the later stages.
Now, if things go according to plan, it appears as though he’ll attempt to make things right against either Trinidad or Mayweather.
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.”