Canelo Alvarez vs Caleb Plant Close to Being Booked

Published 02/02/2021, 11:08 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez walks to his corner during his middleweight unification fight against Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


IBF super-middleweight champion, Caleb Plant, foresees a fight against the unified 168 lbs champion Canelo Alvarez somewhere down the line. He has been calling out Alvarez for a long time and with a successful win over Caleb Truax, the path seems clear for ‘Sweethands’ to demand the shot.

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Following Canelo Alvarez’s entry into the super-middleweight division, Plant billed himself as the best boxer at 168 lbs. Meanwhile, he claimed that he wanted to fight Alvarez before facing Truax in their recent headlining clash.

Speaking with PBC on Fox, ‘Sweet Hands’ said, “Like I said we are doing back-to-back mandataries to open up the year with unification fights. I know Canelo is interested in that fight. I have been saying for a long time that I am interested in that fight. So, hopefully, we will be able to make it happen, later in the year.”

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While the 168 lbs roster has several A-listers, Plant and Alvarez are two of its prime prodigies. However, Alvarez is booked to defend his belts against Avni Yildirim on February 27. He is also rumored to fight WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders after that. So, Alvarez vs Plant might take some more time to get sealed. But considering Caleb Plant’s desire, the matchup is close to getting booked.

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What’s next for Caleb Plant?

Plant, 21-0, can remain active by accepting one more fight before he turns towards Canelo Alvarez. While the Mexican superstar will face Yildirim and Billy Joe Saunders, ‘Sweethands’ Plant can also look to keep himself ready. That said, a fight between him and Saunders is also possible in the future.

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)

Both of them are undefeated super middleweight champions, who aren’t tested against each other. So, Plant needs to accept those big fights, if he wants to reign over the entire division. At this stage, the super-middleweight division is stacked and it will demand sheer activity from the champions to become undisputed.

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Do you think Caleb Plant will remain the undefeated champion by the end of 2021?

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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. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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