Canelo Alvarez vs. Caleb Plant Talks Have Officially Resumed

Published 08/14/2021, 4:50 AM EDT
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


The P4P king, Canelo Alvarez, is not done with the 168 lbs roster. As the three-belt unified titlist is just short of the IBF strap to become the undisputed divisional kingpin, it has urged him to revive the potential fight talks with Caleb Plant.

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However, Alvarez wasn’t running out of options. From middleweights to light heavyweights, the Mexican star could have fought anyone. Nevertheless, given his mission to conquer all at 168, and his label as a top super-middleweight, he knows he must be ‘Sweethands’ to leave no doubt in anyone’s minds.

According to ESPN’s Mike Coppinger, PBC and FOX have begun the works and the matchup can happen in November.

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The 168 lbs unification fight came to the forefront when Alvarez vanquished Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO title in May. It instantly caught Plant’s attention. Although ‘Sweethands’ offered little legacy to Alvarez’s resume, his undefeated record and IBF world title allured the Mexican star to step up. September 18 would have been the initial date until contractual turmoils disrupted the talks.

As the situation between Plant and Alvarez seems to have developed, the unification battle can be a massive fight for the entire division. After 21 straight wins, as Plant is looking for a viable name that can upgrade his legacy, Alvarez appears to be the right option.

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Does Caleb Plant have a chance against Canelo Alvarez?

Despite his unbeaten status, Caleb Plant will have to do more than the basics to surpass a mighty Canelo Alvarez, who has been dismantling undefeated opponents for a long time. On paper, Plant’s resume offers no threat to him. Nevertheless, ‘Sweethands’ has appeared optimistic about beating his Mexican rival.

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)

Given boxing’s unpredictability, Caleb Plant will have every chance to become the second man to vanquish the P4P king. But Canelo Alvarez’s sheer activeness and prowess can see him get the upper hand in any situation. Hence, the 168 lbs unification fight will have much more than just five belts (4 world titles and the Ring belt) up for grabs.

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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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