“Never Been About Money”- Caleb Plant Takes a Dig at Canelo Alvarez

Published 08/05/2021, 9:39 AM EDT
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)


The 168 lbs unification clash between Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant is no longer relevant on the charts. Following a few contractual turmoils, it seems the P4P king will now move into a different weight class, whereas Caleb Plant will seemingly defend his IBF strap against a mandatory contender.

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Although Plant didn’t pose a sheer threat to Alvarez’s dominant run, the super middleweight unification bout had allured many people. That said, Caleb Plant has finally opened up on the scenario and has highlighted his opinion on the same.

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The undefeated IBF super-middleweight champion took to social media and posted a picture of himself. In a lengthy caption, ‘Sweethands’ claimed that money had never driven him to box.

He wrote, “Boxing’s never been about money for me and that’s why they can’t understand it. It’s never been my driving force and it’s not my “WHY” and that’s why it’s so easy to be just as disciplined and hungry even after being a 7figure fighter (remember the internet says the earth is flat too lol)…because that’s not what I’m after and that’s not what keeps me going and you wish your favorite fighter felt the same way.”

Although Canelo Alvarez could have brought him his biggest payday, Caleb Plant can also grab electrifying matchups. Furthermore, his IBF championship will continue to provide him with relevant opponents. Meanwhile, the unification fight can still happen somewhere down the line.

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Alvarez had sent shock waves in the super middleweight division with his sudden entry. He vanquished Callum Smith, Avni Yildirim, and Billy Joe Saunders in a span from December to May. Keeping the tag of the P4P King, Alvarez became the WBC, WBO, WBA, and Ring champion.

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

That said, the only missing belt is the IBF title. However, as of now, Canelo Alvarez may have to remain happy with his three belts. Considering his stardom, the Mexican elite will never run out of opponents.

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Even though Caleb Plant is just another opponent before him, Alvarez’s dream of becoming undisputed at 168 lbs can urge him to dive against ‘Sweethands’. Do you think Alvarez vs Plant will happen?

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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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