Andre Ward Shuts Down Canelo Alvarez Rivalry: “That’s Not Real”

Published 09/18/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
May 7, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Boxer Canelo Alvarez blows kisses to the fans during weigh ins for his super middleweight boxing title fight against Billy Joe Saunders at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Canelo Alvarez, on November 6, will enter a 12-round showdown with Caleb Plant for the undisputed super-middleweight title. This fight was in contention ever since Alvarez destroyed Billy Joe Saunders.

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As the P4P king is undoubtedly the toughest test to crack for Plant, ‘Sweethands’ roped in the retired boxing star, Andre Ward, to prepare for Alvarez. That said, after Plant’s training session with Ward surfaced over the internet, fans believe the American boxer is helping ‘Sweethands’ because he shares a rift with Canelo.

However, Ward put an end to these speculations in his chat with FightHype. He said, “Well, I don’t have no like. I don’t have no history with that guy. Like you know, the internet, since I retired, they came up with this rivalry that’s not real. You know this man has never said my name, you know, pertaining to a fight when I was active or when I was retired. I’ve never said his name.”

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With his above statement, Ward finally cut all the claims of him having a beef with Canelo. He just wishes to provide a helping hand, not only to Caleb Plant, but to any boxer that approaches him. That said, ‘Sweethands’ approached him and got some valuable insights to chalk out a game plan to beat Canelo.

The Plant vs Alvarez clash is a highly important fight to open up the division for iconic encounters. Accordingly, both these technicians have a responsibility on their shoulders to perform the way fans expect them to.

Canelo Alvarez or Caleb Plant – Who holds an edge in this fight?

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Moving into this fight, Canelo Alvarez will be an obvious favorite for the track record and skills he displays. Despite that, the undefeated Plant, too, holds some weight and can win this fight.

All in all, both these men will look to bring in their A-games to smother the other and become the maiden super-middleweight undisputed champion. Also, it’ll be intriguing to see if Plant employs Ward’s teachings to edge over his Mexican foe in this fight.

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What do you make of Ward’s above comments?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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