Caleb Plant Details Billy Joe Saunders’ Path to Victory Against Canelo Alvarez

Published 03/05/2021, 7:00 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Boxer Canelo Alvarez poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders will lock horns on May 8, putting all the three super-middleweight titles (WBC, WBA, and WBO) at stake. While Saunders will also put his undefeated record on the line, he will look for the opportunity to become the second man after Floyd Mayweather to defeat Alvarez.

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That said, it would demand a lot from the WBO titleholder and in that case, Saunders will also have the risk of losing his championship. But, fellow IBF champion, Caleb Plant, has some valuable advice for the Brit. Akin to Saunders, Plant is also waiting to get his shot at Canelo Alvarez and has recently previewed an in-ring collision between Alvarez and Saunders.

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Speaking with Boxing Social, ‘Sweet Hands’ said, “I think a bit more stiff, I think he’s got a quite a bit more attributes physical attributes to him. Whether hand, speed, foot speed, boxing ability, boxing IQ. But again, you know, he said, it’s up to him to go in there and implement those things. And it’s up to him to not allow Canelo to negate those things and if he does, it’s up to him to have to figure out a new way.”

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Plant understands the fact that Alvarez is one of the best, and all the lucrative attributes can also fall short in front of him. So, he seemingly made Saunders aware of that.

“So you can have all the attributes in the world and all the boxing ability, but if you can’t go in there and implement it, then you know it doesn’t mean too much,” added Caleb Plant.

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Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders- How did the matchup emerge?

Following a lopsided super middleweight title defense against Avni Yildirim, Alvarez announced his third straight fight in the division against Saunders. Being active since December, the P4P king is clearly looking for challenges and ‘Superb’ Saunders can bring him the best test at 168 lbs at this stage.

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The 31-year-old Saunders, who has a 30-0 record with 14 KOs, can be a problem for Alvarez But if the Mexican arrives in his best form, the tables would turn real quick. That said, Canelo Alvarez seems to be the favorite in the matchup, despite Saunder’s undefeated run and championship wins.

Do you think Billy Joe Saunders can vanquish Canelo Alvarez? Should he pay heed to Caleb Plant’s words?

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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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