Billy Joe Saunders Picks Caleb Plant to Survive Canelo Alvarez but Not Win

Published 11/05/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
May 7, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Boxer Canelo Alvarez flexes for 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


Billy Joe Saunders failed to survive Canelo Alvarez when the two locked horns for the WBC, WBA, and WBO super middleweight titles in May. After suffering a major orbital injury, Saunders retired in his corner in round eight and suffered the maiden loss of his professional career.

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In a chat with talkSport, Saunders shared views on several scenes, including Plant vs Alvarez, for all four super-middleweight titles.

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“I’m gonna go with Canelo on points because of the reason of being Canelo. I know how hard it is to get a decision, what tricks they might play leading up,” said Billy Joe Saunders. (H/T:- Michael Benson)

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Saunders, a tricky southpaw, could crack Canelo Alvarez in the initial stage of the fight. He outboxed Alvarez and looked dominant for a brief period. However, Alvarez turned the tables and schooled Saunders until round 8.

In what turned out to be the final round, he planted a massive shot to crack the Briton’s facial bone. As a result, it’s tough to imagine what Caleb Plant can offer from his side to dismantle the P4P King.

Is Billy Joe Saunders right about Canelo Alvarez?

Having faced the prime version of Alvarez, Saunders is aware of what ‘Sweethands’ will encounter. While Plant is also undefeated like Saunders was, before facing Alvarez, we can see Canelo Alvarez change the digits once again.

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May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Canelo Alvarez (teal trunks) and Billy Joe Saunders (blue green trunks) during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

In less than a year, Alvarez has vanquished two undefeated boxers in Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders. A win over Plant will make it three and Alvarez seems all up for it. He has faced way greater boxers than Caleb Plant in the past.

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Meanwhile, he is also the biggest name in Caleb Plant’s active resume so far. This massive contrast clearly validates Alvarez as the superior boxer over Plant.

Will Saunders’ prediction come true? Or will ‘Sweethands’ offer something unique on the fight night to stun the world?

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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. 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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