Canelo Alvarez Sends a Cold-Hearted Message to Caleb Plant

Published 10/28/2021, 8:15 AM EDT
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 21: (L-R) Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant during a face-off before a press conference ahead of their super middleweight fight on November 6 at The Beverly Hilton on September 21, 2021 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


Canelo Alvarez, who will face Caleb Plant on November 6, is unfazed by Caleb Plant’s unbeaten record. Holding the WBA, WBO, and WBC straps, Alvarez will look to dominate the fight and hand Caleb Plant his maiden professional loss, similar to what he did against Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders.

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The P4P king has beaten legends, and Plant isn’t the best name on his resume. That said, he has sent a stern warning to ‘Sweethands’ in the latest media interaction. After a heated scuffle in the official presser, the recent warning sent chills across the combat world.

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When the interviewer praised Caleb Plant’s chin as ‘Sweethands’ has never been knocked down, Alvarez responded, “I hope he has a good chin because he is gonna need it.”

In his last fight, Alvarez had disfigured Billy Joe Saunders’ orbital bone, sending him into a long medical suspension. There is no news about Saunders’ return even five months after the fight.

Thus, Caleb Plant may come across a brutal beat down in the coming days at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Will Canelo Alvarez have an easy night against Caleb Plant?

On paper, Alvarez seems the favorite under any parameter. He has been more active than Caleb Plant has beaten two top-level opponents and an underdog mandatory in the recent months. Furthermore, Alvarez’s last opponent Billy Joe Saunders had a better pro-record than Caleb Plant and offered a southpaw stance against the P4P King.

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May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Boxer Canelo Alvarez celebrates defeating Billy Joe Saunders during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

All of it went into vain as Alvarez found a way to crack up Saunders. Hence, Caleb Plant needs to offer something unique that will be surprising for Canelo Alvarez. He cannot stick around and let his Mexican rival establish dominance. Plant will have to take the fight to Canelo and be relentless.

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While Saunders did trouble the Mexican early, he faded as the fight progressed. Hence, ‘Sweethands’ knows what he needs to do and for how long he needs to do it.

How easy or difficult a night Canelo has will depend on what the IBF champion decides to do. Can Plant unsettle Alvarez and force him to earn his win?

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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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