Caleb Plant Admits ‘Power Is an Issue’ Before Undisputed Title Fight With Canelo Alvarez

Published 11/04/2021, 9:30 AM EDT


Caleb Plant has a lot to look out for before he steps into the ring against Canelo Alvarez for the maiden undisputed 168 lbs title fight on November 6 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Relying on his unblemished 21-0 record, Plant is the underdog in the fight. He has vowed to outwork his mighty Mexican opposition. But it’s hard to envision how Plant can offer a hard time to Canelo Alvarez.

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Alvarez’s power punches and body shots have crumbled several elites in the past. On that parameter, ‘Sweethands’ can fall short before Alvarez. Although Plant is a technical master, lacking power can put his steps behind the P4P king in the fight.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 20: Caleb Plant prepares for his IBF super middleweight title fight against Mike Lee at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Plant retained his title with a third-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Well, Plant doesn’t seem unfazed. He connected with Seconds Out to share his views on several issues. The importance of power was one of them, and Plant addressed it in style.

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The undefeated IBF champion said, “I think power is an issue in every fight. So you know, everybody can punch at this weight. Everybody hits hard at this weight, regardless of what you hear, what they say. Everyone hits hard at this weight. But the name in the game is hit and don’t get hit. And as of now, according to stats, I am the best in the division at doing that.”

Plant has successfully beaten every opponent in his way. But it’s hard to debate whether he has faced the best in the division. His 21-0 record doesn’t reflect major names with the likes of Callum Smith or Billy Joe Saunders. Thus, Canelo Alvarez will be the biggest name on Plant’s resume. And this factor can change a lot of things inside the ring.

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How much power does Caleb Plant need to overpower Canelo Alvarez?

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There’s no static definition of the power that can put Alvarez out of the main picture. ‘Sweethands’ will definitely need power, but much more than that to pass the test. On looking back at Alvarez vs Saunders, we can see a few dents in the Mexican star’s game. He was beaten in the initial stage and looked bleak on certain occasions. But the 12-rounds fight saw him turn the tables in the later stage.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 19: IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant holds up his belt during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Plant will defend his title against Mike Lee on July 20 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Caleb Plant can come across a similar situation on the fight night. He shall not let Alvarez establish the dominance. Moreover, he shall also look to stop his opponent. All these features can also cost him a lifeline if the bout goes the distance. Thus, Caleb Plant needs to work smartly, and his performance shall reflect- power and precision equally.

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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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