“It’s Going to Be Easier”- Jose Benavidez Says Canelo Alvarez Will Stop Caleb Plant

Published 05/17/2021, 8:00 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


Following a dominant win over Billy Joe Saunders, Canelo Alvarez will now look to unify the 168 lbs division by facing Caleb Plant. The Mexican champion, who appears invincible at this point, has been on a tear in the super middleweight division.

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That said, Caleb Plant might make history and vanquish the P4P king. However, David Benavidez’s father, Jose Benavidez, doesn’t see it happening. Instead, he has envisioned seeing an early stoppage coming from Canelo Alvarez. In a chat with Behind The Gloves, Benavidez previewed Plant’s chances in the fight and compared it to Billy Joe Saunders’ latest performance on May 8.

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“It’s going to be easier because like I said, I don’t think Caleb Plant has the same experience than Saunders. Caleb Plant is going to do the same thing, run run. Canelo is going to break him down and hit the body and I feel like about three-four rounds, he is going to take him out,” said Jose Benavidez.

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Alvarez outworked Saunders to add the WBO title to his collection. Despite facing adversity, Canelo Alvarez was too strong to be broken.

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

Thus, he would rightly be the favorite over ‘Sweethands’ when they collide. The fight will reportedly happen in September, and both men will have sufficient time to undergo an active fight camp. However, with such sheer activeness, a prime Canelo Alvarez can still miles ahead of Caleb Plant.

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Boating three successful IBF title defenses and a record of 21-0, Caleb Plant has looked promising in his professional career. The 28-year-old orthodox, who has 12 KOs under his name, has appeared flawless so far.

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However, Canelo Alvarez has been beating undefeated fighters for a long time. After his return to the ring in December 2020, Alvarez has scored three wins, in which he vanquished two unbeaten pugilists.

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So, Plant’s unbeaten record will not hold any value once he steps through the ropes. Nevertheless, given boxing’s unpredictability, Plant might land an upset and defy comments such as the ones made by Jose Benavidez.

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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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