Caleb Plant Feels Billy Joe Saunders Has More Mental Fortitude Than Canelo Alvarez’s Last Few Opponents

Published 03/07/2021, 12:00 PM EST
NASHVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 15: Caleb Plant celebrates after defeating Vincent Feigenbutz of Germany in their IBF world super middleweight championship bout at Bridgestone Arena on February 15, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Plant defeated Feigenbutz by TKO during the tenth round. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)


Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders will headline a unified super-middleweight title fight on May 8. This fight carries immense responsibilities, coupled with vast hype because the winner will directly set himself up for an undisputed clash with the IBF champ, Caleb Plant.

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Recently, Plant was in a chat with Fight Hub TV. Here, he gave his take on the highly anticipated clash between Billy Joe Saunders and Canelo Alvarez. Also, he explained why the Brit has an edge over the Mexican boxer in this epic encounter.

He said, “I mean Billy, he’s got some attributes you know. He’s got foot speed, he got some hand speed, and I think he’s got some more mental fortitude than maybe some of these last couple of opponents’ that Canelo‘s had.” 

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LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 28: Billy Joe Saunders celebrates his victory over Tony Hill during the Vacant Commonwealth Middleweight Championship at Royal Albert Hall on April 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

‘Sweethands’ asserted that Saunders has all the skill sets in his bag to overpower anyone he confronts. But, if the latter cannot implement that in the ring against Canelo, then it won’t be of any use. Plant feels the previous opponents Canelo faced cannot hold a candle to Saunders’ mental strength.

Fans will be keen to see how Saul Alvarez contends with ‘Superb’s’ mental strength within the ropes.

Overall, just like every boxing enthusiast, Plant seemed elevated for this bout. He cannot wait to see two men in their prime touch gloves with each other.

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Can Billy Joe Saunders pressurize Canelo Alvarez with his mental game-plan?

Billy Joe Saunders is one of the most prominent trash talkers in the game. Prior to entering the squared circle, he enjoys getting onto his opponents’ nerves, thus terrifying them with his mental game.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez during his unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs in their middleweight unification fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

‘Superb’ will look to do the same against Alvarez, and if he traps the latter in the same, it might be a long night for the Mexican. However, in the end, everything will boil down to the 12-round war and what either party will bring to the fight to overpower each other.

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With such staggering resumes possessed by both Saunders and Alvarez, this fight promises to be a cracker of an event for 2021.

Do you agree with Caleb Plant’s statement? How do you envision a fight between Canelo and Saunders going?

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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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