Andre Ward Advises Caleb Plant to “Smother” Canelo Alvarez

Published 09/18/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez during his unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs in their middleweight unification fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


IBF champion Caleb Plant is being looked at as the underdog against Canelo Alvarez for their November 6 fight. Despite being undefeated, Plant doesn’t have many believers on his side. However, former world champion Andre Ward is preparing ‘Sweethands’. That said, he appears to have decoded the way that he can help Caleb Plant overpower Alvarez inside the ring.

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32-0 as a pro, Ward was regarded as an antidote to Alvarez’s prowess for a long time. However, the fantasy fight never happened. Nevertheless, he can seek to pass on his expertise to Caleb Plant. In a chat with Fight Hype, ‘S.O.G.’ talked about the nearing super middleweight thriller and shared his views on Plant’s chances.

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Andre Ward said, “I like to go rattle that cage. In fact, you gotta rattle the cage, and what I mean by that is sometimes you gotta go to that power, you gotta smother it, you gotta let them know whoever it is. You can get hurt, too. And then that enables you to box and do what you need to do.”

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“So, I think it’s a mixture of everything. And Caleb Plant understands that. He is a high IQ fighter. So you may have your bread and butter like ‘Hey Ima box’. But I have never really seen it work when you have a pure boxer.”

Given his comments, it’s clear that he has advised his pupil to not get awed by his opponent and take the fight to him.

Canelo Alvarez vs Caleb Plant – The Title War

If Plant’s undefeated status is something that his loyalists are relying on, then Canelo Alvarez has vanquished two unbeaten world champions in December and May. On his entry into the 168 lbs division, Alvarez vanquished an unbeaten Callum Smith to grab the WBC, WBA, and Ring super-middleweight titles in December. Following the win, he defended the belts against Avni Yildirim in February, before beating Billy Joe Saunders in May for the WBO title.

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Meanwhile, Caleb Plant (21-0) has successfully defended his IBF belt against Vincent Feigenbutz and Caleb Truax via TKO and UD, respectively. Hence, he is also in form and will relish the chance of becoming the maiden undisputed champion at 168.

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Nevertheless, as boxing is highly unpredictable, both sides know that just one hit or lapse in concentration will be enough to end this title war. Who do you think will take it? Canelo Alvarez or Caleb Plant?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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