WATCH: Canelo Alvarez Goes to War with Roland Ellis in an Epic Sparring Session

Published 07/26/2021, 10:27 AM EDT
May 7, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Boxer Canelo Alvarez flexes for the fans during weigh ins for his super middleweight boxing title fight against Billy Joe Saunders at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Canelo Alvarez is preparing for a super middleweight championship scrap against Caleb Plant that is being targeted for September 18. While the bout is not a done deal yet, it was recently revealed that Saul Alvarez received a draft contract. Both men are red hot in the world of boxing with Canelo Alvarez being the biggest star in the sport by a country mile.

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Chiefly, video footage began making the rounds that saw Canelo gearing up for his bout with an intense sparring session. Alvarez began throwing heavy bombs on 18-2 pro, Roland Ellis who didn’t back down in his own right. Ellis attempted to match the intense pace that Canelo Alvarez was putting forward and he was successful in certain exchanges.

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Roland Ellis last fought back in March 2021 where he was TKO’ed by David Benavidez at the Mohegan Sun Arena. He’s 2-2 in his last four outings and needs to find his footing if he wants to stay relevant in the title picture. Having an intense sparring session with an all-time great like Canelo Alvarez will only help him sharpen his skill set.

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Saul Alvarez is coming off his win over Billy Joe Saunders back in May and he put forth a thorough beat down of Avni Yildirim in February. The 56-1-2 superstar already holds multiple titles to his name when he won the WBA and WBC titles by beating Callum Smith.

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

Undefeated champion Caleb Plant picked up the IBF strap in January 2019 when he defeated Jose Uzcategui. He’s managed to defend the title on several occasions and is now gearing up for the biggest fight of his career. The exposure he would receive by defeating Saul Alvarez is unimaginable for the most part.

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The fight is slated to air on PBC PPV once the one-fight deal gets signed by both parties involved. If the bout comes to fruition, it will be the first fight Canelo Alvarez has away from DAZN in around three years.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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