Teofimo Lopez Feels Caleb Plant Gives Problems to Canelo Alvarez

Published 03/25/2021, 3:00 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez during his unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs in their middleweight unification fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Canelo Alvarez has magnificent plans to become the undisputed super-middleweight king this year. In his last fight, he battered Avni Yildirim to win his first major title defense at this weight class. Moving ahead, he will take on the Brit Billy Joe Saunders on May 8 in a solid title-unification fight.

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If Canelo gets past Saunders in his next challenge, he will then set himself up for a mammoth undisputed title fight against Caleb Plant for late 2021.

Many boxing enthusiasts believe Canelo will vanquish both Saunders and Plant to become the undisputed champ. Furthermore, fans believe there’s barely anyone who’ll hand over Canelo a loss at the 168-pound weight class. But the unified lightweight king, Teofimo Lopez, doesn’t feel so.

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Speaking to Fight Hub TV, he said,Caleb Plant, he’ll be a very technical fight. I will be more in tune with that fight than David Benavidez. I know everybody wants to see Mexico vs Mexico and that’s always a great fight and always a great turnaround. I would definitely love to see though after this Canelo and Caleb Plant.

The ‘Take0ver’ admitted that no one more than Caleb Plant has the audacity to beat Canelo Alvarez. He believes ‘Sweet Hands’ is an extremely rugged opponent who’ll give ‘the face of boxing’ a tough outing.

Moreover, Lopez asserted that David Benavidez is also a stern contender for the Mexican boxer, but a fight that lures him is Canelo vs Plant.

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Can Caleb Plant realistically overpower Canelo Alvarez? 

Plant, the IBF super-middleweight champion, has taken on some sublime opponents from the roster. He has an exemplary track record of 21 wins and 0 losses. Despite accomplishing so much, the Nashville native hasn’t faced someone as resilient as Canelo and will have to dig in really deep to have his hand raised if they collide.

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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)

The world has seen Canelo’s in-ring magic over the past two decades and if Plant crushes the latter by any means, needless to say, it’ll go down as one of the biggest upsets.

But before that, Alvarez will have to get past Saunders on May 8 to make himself viable for a fight against Caleb Plant.

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What do you make of Teofimo Lopez’s above comments?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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