“He’s Going to Get Clocked”: Mike Tyson Predicts Brutal Loss for Caleb Plant Against Canelo Alvarez

Published 07/16/2021, 10:32 AM EDT


On the latest episode of the Hotboxin’ podcast, Mike Tyson and Henry Cejudo chopped it up with Badou Jack and Amer Abdallah. The discussions ranged from Jean Pascal’s PED abuse to Badou Jack fighting influencer-turned-boxers like Jake Paul and Logan Paul. They also talked about ongoing negotiations between Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant.

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Badou Jack said that Plant is a friend of his and suggested he has a fair shot at winning against the four-division world champion. Amer Abdallah claimed Caleb Plant will outbox Canelo Alvarez. However, Mike Tyson predicted yet another clean addition to the Mexican champ’s outstanding record (56-1-2). With a win over Caleb Plant‘s IBF title, Canelo Alvarez will become the undisputed super-middleweight champion of the world.

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He’s going to get clocked. He’s going to get so f***ed up. Anything’s possible with two people. Between two human beings, anything’s possible. But I think this guy is going to f***ing kill,” said Mike Tyson.

“He’s your friend, you’re going to his funeral,” added Tyson, in response to Badou Jack calling Caleb Plant a friend.

Canelo Alvarez is coming for the throne

Caleb Plant (21-0-0) last fought in January 2021. He bagged the IBF super-middleweight champion title against Caleb Truax. Canelo Alvarez also recently added the WBO super-middleweight tag to his record after defeating Billy Joe Saunders in May 2021. Alvarez also opened this year with a mandatory challenge against Avni Yildirim for his WBC super-middleweight title, which he won against Callum Smith in 2020.

Coming into this fight, Canelo Alvarez is the more active and experienced fighter with superior defense, world class-movement, and phenomenal striking accuracy. Alvarez is also the more aggressive striker in this matchup, with an exceptional ability to deliver damaging body shots that have ended many fights throughout his career.

May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Canelo Alvarez (teal trunks) and Billy Joe Saunders (blue green trunks) during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Can Caleb Plant stop the Mexican champion?

Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe believes Caleb Plant could be the inflection point in Canelo Alvarez’s career. He recently pointed out[Canelo] can’t beat Caleb because Caleb has all the wrong things for him, trust and believe that.”

People always tend to miscalculate those kinds of things, and I think that’s one of his biggest advantages going into the Canelo fight,” added Ellerbe, when speaking about Plant’s in-ring abilities.

In his last four fights, Plant has shown excellent counter-punching abilities and his striking accuracy has evidently improved. He also has a major size and reach advantage over Alvarez, and he will use it to his advantage in a matchup with the Mexican champion.

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NASHVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 15: Caleb Plant celebrates after defeating Vincent Feigenbutz of Germany in their IBF world super middleweight championship bout at Bridgestone Arena on February 15, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Plant defeated Feigenbutz by TKO during the tenth round. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

However, Canelo Alvarez clearly knows his way around opponents with clear size and reach advantage. Alvarez faced Callum Smith (6 ft 3 inches) in 2020 and won by unanimous decision. Canelo has shown a unique ability to close the distance at all times against opponents like Callum Smith and Sergey Kovalev. This restricts taller opponents from landing effective shots and allows Alvarez to sneak in body shots and clean jabs.

Do you think Caleb Plant has what it takes to stop Canelo Alvarez?

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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