Is Caleb Plant Ready for Canelo Alvarez?

Published 01/31/2021, 12:06 AM EST
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)


IBF super-middleweight champion, Caleb Plant, remained undefeated as he vanquished Caleb Truax via decision in tonight’s headlining clash. He is now 21-0 in professional boxing with 3 successful title defenses under the belt. However, the 168 lbs division is as diverse as it gets and has several more challenges ahead.

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Akin to Plant, unified champion Canelo Alvarez also wants to reign over the division as he recently became the WBC, WBA, and The Ring 168 lbs champion by defeating Callum Smith on December 19. It turned him into a four-division champion, and Alvarez wants more than just his two belts.

So, it puts him on the same scale as Caleb Plant, as the pair can collide soon in a unification bout. Although Alvarez has sealed a fight against Avni Yildirim, ‘Sweethands’ is also a relevant opponent for him.

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Following Alvarez’s win over Smith, Plant billed himself as the best super middleweight via social media and touted their possible clash.

After his recent win, he replicated the same and desired to become the undisputed champion by facing anyone. When asked about a fight against Alvarez, Plant said, “That’s my goal. I want to be the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time. Whoever is in the way, it doesn’t matter, you line them up, I knock them out.”

But, is he truly ready to fight the P4P king, or is it still too early to call out a veteran like Canelo Alvarez?

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30-year-old Canelo Alvarez and 28-year-old Caleb Plant have vast differences in their fighting career. Alvarez has been into the pro circuit for over 15 years and is an all-time great. Despite being just two years older than ‘Sweethands’, Alvarez has almost 30 more boxing bouts under his belt. He has taken on some of the biggest names in the sport.

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)

Meanwhile, Plant is yet to face anyone of that caliber. But he is undefeated with a record of 21 wins (12 KOs). Despite being a hot prospect in the world of boxing, he still lacks the experience to fight Alvarez.

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Although Alvarez needs to surpass Plant to get hold of the IBF belt, a matchup between them can be a problem for ‘Sweethands’. We saw Alvarez overpowering Callum Smith with ease. Hence, he may not have any issues in dealing with Plant’s aggression. While Alvarez’s defensive abilities are also acknowledgeable, Caleb Plant should accept some more fights before fighting him.

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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)

Boxing is unpredictable, and it will be unfair to ridicule Plant’s chances against Alvarez. But on stats and analysis, the Mexican is still way over ‘Sweethands’.

Do you want to see them fight in 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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