By: Hans Themistode
Caleb Plant has heard the entire naysayers time and again.
The IBF super-middleweight belt holder lately revealed that he’ll be taking up unified 168-pound titlist, and present pound-for-pound star, Canelo Alvarez. The 2 will sq. off on November sixth in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The second their showdown was introduced, observers have tried to foretell what spherical Alvarez will rating the knockout victory. Plant, nevertheless, is unintimidated with the credentials of his Mexican counterpart. Not solely does the IBF champion imagine he’ll deal with enterprise two months from now, however he’s additionally sure that he’ll defeat Alvarez in back-to-back showdowns if want be.
“By the point it’s mentioned and achieved, I’ll beat Canelo Alvarez,” mentioned Plant on the PBC Podcast. “And if there’s a rematch that needs to be achieved, I’ll beat him twice.”
Throughout Plant’s quick profession, he’s made it look extremely straightforward in opposition to everybody he’s swapped fists in opposition to. Only recently, Plant cruised to a unanimous choice victory in opposition to former titleholder Caleb Truax in January earlier this yr.
However whereas Plant has continued to defend his world title with relative ease, Alvarez represents an amazing step up in competitors.
After climbing as much as the sunshine heavyweight, in November of 2019, and dethroning former titlist Sergey Kovalev, Alvarez settled in on the tremendous middleweight division. The Mexican native would then go on a hunt to seize each world title in his newfound weight class.
Alvarez would wrap the WBC, WBA, and Ring Journal titles round his waist in a one-sided win in opposition to Callum Smith in December of 2020. Most lately, the 31-year-old shattered the best orbital bone of Billy Joe Saunders and relieved him of his WBO title.
No matter his expertise although, Plant has said on quite a few events that he’ll make it look “straightforward” come combat evening.
Within the grand scheme of issues, a win over Alvarez solely represents the first step for Plant. Not solely does the 168-pound titlist imagine he’ll defeat Alvarez and anybody else that’s put in entrance of him, by the point he hangs up his gloves for good, he’s firmly of the idea that he’ll depart an indelible mark on the game.
“I’ll beat David Benavidez, I’ll beat [Jermall] Charlo and I’ll be topped as one of many biggest fighters of this period.”