Caleb Plant Makes a Bold Statement Following Canelo Alvarez’s Win

Published 12/21/2020, 2:00 AM EST
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)


IBF super-middleweight champion Caleb Plant has reacted to Canelo Alvarez’s victory over Callum Smith. Alvarez took on Smith for his WBA super-middleweight title and beat the scouser via unanimous decision. His dominant display caught the eye of many; however, this performance clearly did not impress fellow champion at 168.

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Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez (red trunks) celebrates after defeating Callum Smith (white trunks) during their WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

The American was the first rumored opponent for Alvarez after he was set free from his lawsuit against his promoters. Furthermore, that was a fight that did grab Plant’s attention, and it seemed a certainty.

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However, things fell through at the last moment and Canelo chose to fight Smith. And with his punch-perfect display, he’s the latest champion at 168. However, Plant took to his Instagram to reveal who is the best at the division.

 

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Plant holds the IBF belt after his victory over Jose Uzcategui in 2019. The undefeated fighter has since had two successful defenses of his title and proved his champion status. Furthermore, he displayed lightning-quick speed and ferocious power in his previous fights.

This makes him a tough champion to dethrone at this weight class.

READ: Canelo Alvarez Ecstatic to Fight Caleb Plant and Errol Spence Jr.

When could Caleb Plant and Canelo Alvarez fight?

In his post-fight interview, the Mexican expressed his desire to unify the division against one of the other champions. Long-time rival Billy Joe Saunders holds the WBO belt, while Plant holds the IBF title. So, if Canelo does want to unify the division, he will have to fight either of them at least. Hence, it makes for a very interesting 2021, provided Alvarez stays at this weight.

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Plant will defend his title against Caleb Truax on January 30 and is in preparation for that fight. Saunders has already fought in December and is out of camp. So even when you consider the timelines, everything could line up perfectly for a fight in mid 2021.

Would you want to see Plant and Alvarez fight in 2021?

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READ: OFFICIAL: Caleb Plant Returns for Title Defense Against Caleb Truax

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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