Andy Ruiz Jr. ‘Got a Little Nervous’ About Canelo Alvarez Against Caleb Plant

Published 11/08/2021, 5:00 AM EST

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Canelo Alvarez out sparked Caleb Plant via an 11 round stoppage to become the first-ever undisputed unified super middleweight world champion. He left no doubts regarding his supremacy and earned his 4 victory in 11 months, since returning against Callum Smith in December 2020.

However, Alvarez’s stablemate Andy Ruiz Jr. was a little hesitant when the P4P king was trading blows with ‘Sweethands’. Following a lengthy collision, Alvarez saw success in the championship rounds. And during round 11, Ruiz Jr. claimed to have seen Alvarez get tired. Post-fight, the former heavyweight champion talked to the media and shed his views on the iconic 11 round.

Andy Ruiz Jr. said, “For a minute I got a little nervous because I thought Canelo was getting a little frustrated, a little tired. But I think he was just using nothing but haymakers. All these punches were haymakers. Boom, boom. I could hear them and it was crazy.”


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Despite being drained of his energy, Alvarez knew what he had to do. By the 11 round, even Caleb Plant looked weary and had very little to offer. Canelo Alvarez had sensed that, and that’s when he decided to charge his American rival with haymakers. After being fed to the canvas twice, Plant was suggested not to continue.

It was a massive night of success for Team Canelo as Eddy Reynoso’s entire stable came out to hail the P4P king. From Andy Ruiz Jr. to Ryan Garcia and Oscar Valdez, all of them congratulated Canelo Alvarez. As for the undisputed champion himself, he has bigger plans for the future.

Where does Canelo Alvarez go from here?

After the monumental victory, Alvarez claimed to relish a lay-off for the time. He has been super active for the past few months and has fought thrice in 2021. He is looking to return in May 2022 and is yet to finalize his next opponent. Meanwhile, Alvarez has also discarded a potential super fight against UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.


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The Mexican star is looking to build his legacy in boxing and doesn’t see Usman bringing in anything beneficial for that. That said, there are plenty of super fights available in the pugilistic community.

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A trilogy fight against Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez looks likely to happen. Hence, it’s still too early to predict what Alvarez shall do next.



Written by:

Raj Sarkar


One take at a time

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. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.
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