Canelo Alvarez Says He Fell Asleep During Caleb Plant vs Caleb Truax Fight

Published 02/25/2021, 8:30 AM EST


The unified super middleweight champ, Canelo Alvarez, will storm into the ring this Saturday. The pound-for-pound king of boxing will defend his titles against the mandatory challenger, Avni Yildirim. Alvarez has massive plans of fighting for the undisputed 168-pound title and he’s keen on tracing the same.

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If he gets past the Turkish boxer this Saturday, Canelo will undoubtedly challenge the Brit Billy Joe Saunders for his WBO belt. If he wins these two fights in a row, the only belt that’ll be left for him is Caleb Plant’s IBF title.

The Mexican pugilist was in a chat alongside the Ring TV. Here, via an interpreter, he laid his notions on ‘Sweethands’ and his prowess.

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“He’s a great fighter, He’s a fighter that has a lot of ability, and obviously if he’s a champion, he’s in my path and I’m going to go for him.” 

Talking about his win over Caleb Truax, Alvarez said, “I saw two, three rounds of it and I fell asleep,”

Plant dominated Truax and did not let his opponent take control of him at any point in the fight. Though he got sunned with a few right hands from Caleb Truax, ‘Sweethands’ kept his composure and took the fight to the judges.

He scored 120 on all the judges’ scorecards, claiming an easy win that night. However, Canelo did not find this contest to be exciting enough, and one wonders if this was a subtle taunt to an opponent he could fight towards the latter half of the year.

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Canelo Alvarez is keen on eliminating Caleb Plant from his path

In the above interview, Alvarez acknowledged Plant as one stout boxer in the 168-pound landscape. However, the 30-year-old is eager to touch gloves with him once and dethrone him to claim his title.

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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

Ever since Canelo’s daunting win over Callum Smith, the Mexican established his plans to stay at this weight class for a while and win all the titles. For now, he’s focused on his Saturday night battle and is eager to vanquish Avni Yildirim.

A fight against ‘Mr. Robot’ will be Alvarez’s first major title defense at 168, and needless to say, he’ll want to retain his belts with aplomb.

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What do you make of Alvarez’s comments? On a scale of 1-10, how much does the potential Plant vs Alvarez matchup excite you?

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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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