Canelo Alvarez Announces Return After Beating Caleb Plant

Published 11/07/2021, 6:00 AM EST
Nov 6, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Canelo Alvarez (gold/white trunks) and Caleb Plant (white/gray trunks) box during their undisputed super middleweight world championship boxing match at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


Canelo Alvarez made history by knocking out Caleb Plant in round 11 of their headlining collision at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Eight years after his sole loss to Floyd Mayweather at the same location, Alvarez left no doubts regarding his supremacy. He proved why he is the P4P king of today’s time.

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He now has the WBC, WBO, IBF, WBA, and Ring Super middleweight titles around the waist. While this clearly calls for a celebration, the P4P king has already hinted at his next fight.

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Alvarez’s sheer activity speaks for itself. He poleaxed three unbeaten world champions and a mandatory contender in less than a year. Thus, we may not see the Mexican star in action for the next few months.

After the fight, he said he needed to rest his body and claimed that he would return in May 2022.

As Canelo Alvarez has all the belts at 168, he may not quit the division soon. With that in mind, it’s safe to believe that the P4P king will compete against mandatory challengers next.

While Callum Smith has moved to light heavyweight, the likes of Billy Joe Saunders and Caleb Plant may want a shot at redemption. However, it’s hard to imagine anyone dismantling the four-division champion at the super middleweight unit.

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Who can Canelo Alvarez face next?

Having beaten the best at 168, WBA (Regular) super middleweight champion David Morrell can be Alvarez’s next target. Meanwhile, any of the middleweight champions can also move up to surprise the P4P king. A few days back, Alvarez explained that he is interested in the trilogy clash against Gennady Golovkin if the Kazakh star moves up a division.

Nov 5, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Canelo Alvarez blows a kiss to his family after weighing in for his super middleweight championship boxing match against Caleb Plant (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

So, a lot is on the line for Alvarez. He has also desired to move up to 175 lbs to challenge Beterbiev and Bivol. All these factors cite a hectic future ahead of Alvarez. With a plethora of options, the Mexican star can take his time and choose the way he wants.

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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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