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Caleb Plant (R) exchanges punches with Canelo Alvarez (Getty)

Caleb Plant (R) exchanges punches with Canelo Alvarez (Getty)

Canelo Alvarez battles Caleb Plant with all four world titles at super-middleweight on the line as the sport prepares to crown an undisputed champion at 168 pounds for the first time in history.

There is immense skill on display in Las Vegas tonight, while there is also bad blood between the pair, after the Mexican swiped at the American as a brawl broke out at a press conference in the build-up.

Alvarez, the No 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the sport according to many, holds the WBA Super, WBC and WBO belts, while ‘Sweethands’ Plant possesses the IBF strap, with the four-weight world champion unusually riled in the build-up and failing to hide his contempt towards the Nashville native.

Friday’s weigh-in showed two consummate professionals in immense shape, with Canelo (56-1, 38 KOs) coming in bang on the 168-pound limit, while Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) was a pound under. They both possess good form, too, with Canelo destroying Billy Joe Saunders in eight rounds last time out in May, while Plant had too much for Caleb Truax, claiming a unanimous decision in January, and the winner here will carve out a piece of history to stand tall alongside some of the all-time greats of the division such as Roy Jones Jr, Andre Ward and Carl Froch.

There is an intriguing undercard too, including: Anthony Dirrell vs Marcos Hernandez, Rey Vargas vs Leonardo Baez and Elvis Rodriguez vs Juan Pablo Romero – we’ll be sure to be across all those fights with results and build-up to the highly-anticipated main event with analysis and reaction along the way:

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Canelo vs Plant

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Canelo Alvarez, of Mexico, celebrates after defeating Caleb Plant (AP)

Canelo Alvarez, of Mexico, celebrates after defeating Caleb Plant (AP)

Canelo Alvarez (top) knocks out Caleb Plant in the 11th round (Getty)

Canelo Alvarez (top) knocks out Caleb Plant in the 11th round (Getty)

Canelo Alvarez, of Mexico, hits Caleb Plant during a super middleweight title unification fight (AP)

Canelo Alvarez, of Mexico, hits Caleb Plant during a super middleweight title unification fight (AP)

Caleb Plant (R) exchanges punches with Canelo Alvarez (Getty)

Caleb Plant (R) exchanges punches with Canelo Alvarez (Getty)

Canelo vs Plant: Round 11

04:28 , Jack Rathborn

Down goes Plant, a left drops him, huge shot from Canelo!

Plant staggers up, but Canelo is on him like a rash, sensational combination and he’s sent back down, it’s over!

What drama, the patience, then an emphatic finish, the first undisputed world super-middleweight champion!

Canelo vs Plant: Round 10

04:24 , Jack Rathborn

Canelo whips in a combination with some urgency.

Canelo has 92 total shots landed, 84 to Plant after nine rounds.

The Mexican is loading up now! Canelo wants to blast through this shell Plant has, but the American lands a couple to the body.

A good jab to finish from Plant, but a better round for the Mexican.

Canelo vs Plant: Round 9

04:20 , Jack Rathborn

Total punches landed: 81 to 72 in Canelo’s favour, but Plant has thrown over one hundred more shots.

That’s a quality left as Plant is backed into the corner, but he jumps out and escapes once more.

A cute right uppercut from Plant there too.

Wow, lovely fast hands from Plant there and Canelo moves away in disgust. Mike Tyson with a sigh in the crowd, it’s been one of those nights.

A massive upset could be on here. Plant with the arms in the air, he’s growing in confidence, but surely he needs to sweep these final rounds to upset the face of boxing?

Canelo vs Plant: Round 8

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We enter the eighth!

Canelo unable to dish out the punishment he promised yet.

It’s a test for Canelo’s patience, he chases there and hits thin air as Plant scarpers away.

It could be another Plant round, this might be getting interesting if the judges interpret this a certain way.

Canelo vs Plant: Round 7

04:11 , Jack Rathborn

Richie Woodhall has it 58-57 to Canelo after six!

Canelo marching forward at will. Flicking out his jab now as a screen for the heavier arsenal behind it.

Canelo taking a lot of Plant shots on the ropes, almost inviting a mistake.

It’s almost exclusively the left from Plant, not a lot of right hands for Canelo to be occupied with.

Canelo vs Plant: Round 6

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Plant has outlanded Canelo 50 punches to 45 after five rounds.

Plant’s size helping him hold Canelo up close when he does spoil the Mexican’s work.

The Mayweather-esque defence now being penetrated by Canelo, a couple of big rights sneak through.

Canelo drops his hands, shifting his head from side to side, he does not respect Plant’s power.

Canelo vs Plant: Round 5

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The cut is open below Plant’s right eye! The one from the press conference, will it be an issue?

Canelo has 35 power shots to just 22 for Plant after four rounds.

Mexico, Mexico! is the chorus around the arena!

Canelo pounding the body of Plant as he leans away from the big shots, but there is an element of frustration.

A grimace from Plant maybe as he pulls his right hand back, but he’s barely thrown it.

He’s able to stifle a lot of Canelo’s work as they’re up close, solid defence from the American too as he leans away in his shell.

Canelo vs Plant: Round 4

04:00 , Jack Rathborn

Can Plant land something that catches Canelo’s respect? He needs to be able to hurt the Mexican.

15 jabs to just one from Alvarez so far for the American after three rounds.

Good attack to the body from Alvarez, Plant shakes his head. But a crack in the armour.

Big left hook from Canelo, his best shot of the fight.

Plant took it well, another close round.

Canelo vs Plant: Round 3

03:58 , Jack Rathborn

Good feet from Plant to start the third, moving off the ropes nicely too.

Canelo now bobbing and weaving his way in.

Good jab again from Plant. It’s all the left for now.

Canelo narrowly misses after loading up the right. Uppercut from Canelo now.

But the jab from the waist by Plant is effective. Canelo not close to being hurt yet, but he might have nicked two of the first three rounds.

Canelo vs Plant: Round 2

03:51 , Jack Rathborn

A scouting mission from Canelo, can he land with more venom here?

Canelo crouching low and trying to come under the Plant jab.

Plant unable to land the right yet.

Pop, pop, pop, Canelo feels that jab from Plant.

A digging right from Canelo at the end, but Plant moving nicely bar a few moments trapped on the ropes.

Canelo vs Plant: Round 1

03:50 , Jack Rathborn

Plant spinning away on the back foot with boxing’s golden boy in golden trunks stalking his opponent.

A good opener from the American, Canelo unable to land anything but on the front foot.

1-0 to the American?

Canelo vs Plant

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Here we go, round one!

Canelo vs Plant

03:40 , Jack Rathborn

Here we go, then!

Canelo into the ring, Plant looking a little nervous now.

The Mexican superstar aims to create yet more history, can the American hold him back at all?

Canelo vs Plant: Mike Tyson in attendance!

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Mike Tyson at ringside for Canelo vs Plant (BT Sport Box Office)

Mike Tyson at ringside for Canelo vs Plant (BT Sport Box Office)

Canelo vs Plant undercard: Dirrell vs Hernandez

03:20 , Jack Rathborn

Dirrell will want to face Canelo or Plant next. That’s a bit much for my liking, but he’s back in the mix and a player at 168 pounds.

On the verge of breaking back into the top 10 you would say. Realistic options? Jesse Hart or David Lemieux maybe?

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Canelo vs Plant undercard: Dirrell vs Hernandez

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WOW! BANG!

Dirrell with a beauty, the right clatters into the chin of Hernandez.

Down he goes, he struggles up but it’s waved off. A stunner!

Canelo vs Plant undercard: Dirrell vs Hernandez

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Plant with the gloves on, shadow boxing, a shine on his face as he works up a sweat.

Back to Dirrell vs Hernandez, into the third, it’s an even bout so far: Dirrell with 26 punches landed (30 per cent connection rate) and Hernandez with 23 (26 per cent connection rate) after two.

Hernandez being allowed to trade up, which is surely his type of fight.

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Canelo vs Plant undercard: Dirrell vs Hernandez

02:59 , Jack Rathborn

Here we go then, Dirrell vs Hernandez, one more dance before the big one.

Can Dirrell generate some momentum here, he’s suffered a loss to David Benavidez and a draw to Kyrone Davis, so a loss here would see him question his future at this level.

Hernandez has been busy, this his fifth fight in just over one year, including a win over previously unbeaten Jose Armando Resendiz last time outt this year.

Canelo vs Plant

02:46 , Jack Rathborn

Frampton, Calzaghe, Haye and Tibbs all very impressed by Vargas.

The big one is edging closer… Plant is having his hands wrapped right now.

One more fight on the undercard (Anthony Dirrell vs Marcos Hernandez) and then it’s undisputed time!

Canelo vs Plant undercard: Vargas vs Baez

02:42 , Jack Rathborn

Baez up on the ring post celebrating. He’s brave.

But Vargas was classy and takes it: 99-91, 100-90, 100-90.

Canelo vs Plant undercard: Vargas vs Baez

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Can Vargas close the show? Into the final two rounds.

Baez is tough, like a bull, coming forward and acting as a perfect target for Vargas on the back foot. Baez’s right is a complete mess.

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Canelo vs Plant undercard: Vargas vs Baez

02:23 , Jack Rathborn

Baez’s face is now a bloody mess!

Straight right down the pipe from Vargas shakes Baez to his boots.

Canelo vs Plant undercard: Vargas vs Baez

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Canelo vs Plant undercard: Vargas vs Baez

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This is a clinic from Vargas, a joy to watch.

Jim Gray speaking to both fighters as they near wrapping their hands and warming up.

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Canelo vs Plant undercard: Vargas vs Baez

02:08 , Jack Rathborn

Vargas in control and throwing some crisp shots.

Right uppercuts and then left hooks, real whip in the latter.

A great watch is Vargas!

A clash of heads nicks up Baez’s face, a blemish under his right eye and nose, it’s more of a graze.

Canelo vs Plant undercard: Vargas vs Baez

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The champ is here!

Canelo arrives with a cheeky smile, this is a confident man.

Could this be a dominant display tonight to cement his status as the best fighter on the planet?

Canelo vs Plant undercard: Vargas vs Baez

01:57 , Jack Rathborn

More undercard action now…

More Mexican boxing!

Rey Vargas takes on Leonardo Baez at featherweight, with Vargas (34-0) the strong favourite.

01:48 , Jack Rathborn

With the UFC on simultaneously tonight, discussion among fight fans has been about fighters’ pay.

At the top, you can expect *a lot* of money, but the spread is more even from top to bottom in MMA.

Canelo vs Plant undercard: Rodriguez vs Romero

01:41 , Jack Rathborn

Brilliant power and pinpoint accuracy at close range, the clipping right forced Rodriguez over to his left and then he came back with a short, powerful left that shook Romero to his boots and forced him to stay sat on the canvas despite edging the round up to that points.

Statement win from Rodriguez, who is back and has cemented his credentials as a fun fighters with fight-changing power, look out for him in the future, Roach has a gem!

Canelo vs Plant undercard: Rodriguez vs Romero

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BANG!

Rodriguez drops Romero, who can’t beat the count!

He nods at the ref as he screams the count in his face, NO MAS!

Canelo vs Plant undercard: Rodriguez vs Romero

01:36 , Jack Rathborn

Tremendous action here, Rodriguez forces Romero to take a knee!

Damage done with the left uppercuts, then a straight left sends Romero sprawling to the ropes, before crouching down to the canvas.

What a comeback this could be!

Canelo vs Plant undercard: Rodriguez vs Romero

01:33 , Jack Rathborn

Pablo Romero (L) punches Elvis Rodriguez (Getty)

Pablo Romero (L) punches Elvis Rodriguez (Getty)

Elvis Rodriguez (R) and Juan Pablo Romero exchange punches (Getty)

Elvis Rodriguez (R) and Juan Pablo Romero exchange punches (Getty)

Canelo vs Plant undercard: Rodriguez vs Romero

01:30 , Jack Rathborn

Elvis Rodriguez (R) punches Juan Pablo Romero (Getty)

Elvis Rodriguez (R) punches Juan Pablo Romero (Getty)

Canelo vs Plant undercard: Rodriguez vs Romero

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Romero racing out to a quick lead here, more activity, taking the centre of the ring and more power to his shots.

Rodriguez hurt to the body briefly, he’s in a hole and Roach has to go to work after two to regain an edge.

Plant: Beating Canelo is my destiny

01:26 , Jack Rathborn

“We agree to disagree, we’re going to find out Saturday night though. I promise you that,” said Plant.

“I love it, you can cheer for him all you want, you can boo for me all you want. It’s easy to sit in those seats, it ain’t easy to stand up here. Remember that. I was born for this. This is my destiny.”

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01:20 , Jack Rathborn

Rodriguez, from the Dominican Republic, is trained by Freddie Roach and a favourite here.

But a shock last time out against Kenneth Sims Jr piles on the pressure to deliver here.

He’ll be expected to look good against Romero, who is unbeaten, and coming in early with winging hooks.

01:17 , Jack Rathborn

OK, live boxing from Vegas on the undercard next!

Elvis Rodriguez takes on Juan Pablo Romero in a welterweight clash now…

Andre Ward predicts Canelo vs Plant

01:15 , Jack Rathborn

“This is a great fight and a great opportunity for a fighter like Caleb Plant. I love this moment in his career where he’s fought solid competition, and he has the look and makings of a fighter that can go to the next level,” Andre Ward told Max On Boxing.

“He [Plant] has to prove it. I love these proving moments, and he’s getting that opportunity against Canelo on November 6th. Trust me; it’s not going 12.

“The thing about Caleb Plant, he couldn’t land a sucker punch on Canelo in the press conference. Canelo’s defense is real. He’s got to hit him in the ring now, and Canelo knows it’s coming. Who do you like in that fight? Canelo or Caleb Plant?

“I’m going to go with Caleb Plant. That’s my brother, so I’m going to support him all the way, but he’s got to prove it. He’s got the ability, he’s got the skills, but he’s got to turn up.”

Plant: Keys to victory

01:07 , Jack Rathborn

It’s no secret that Plant has to be almost perfect to stand a chance here, barring any kind of freakish injury for the Mexican.

The American has a crisp jab, which could become an annoyance early on, even if it’s not that heavy.

Plant’s right hand lacks that fight-changing power, but he has to throw it with some spite to deter Canelo from simply shutting down his more potent left.

Plant’s hands are fast, of that there’s no doubt, so combinations may be the way towards deterring Canelo – a gutsy task given the openings he will present Canelo, but against the cash cow, Plant has to be busy and active early and risk exposing his own gas tank to push Canelo to his own limits from the outset.

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Canelo: Keys to victory

00:58 , Jack Rathborn

Canelo is a patient stalker, as shown against Kovalev, meaning he will happily give up some early momentum to Plant.

He did so against Saunders to some extent too, so Plant may well lead after three rounds.

But Canelo will be sure to land something hard each round, to remind Plant of his danger.

Also, if Canelo can move away from Plant’s left – to his left – it may blossom into a battle of the right hands and the Mexican certainly has a more even spread of power between both hands.

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Canelo: Plant will feel something different

00:48 , Jack Rathborn

“I say, ‘You will see tomorrow. It’s time’,” Canelo told Showtime Sports. “I don’t need to say anything. It’s time. He will feel something different, believe me.

“Like I say before, for every action, there’s a reaction. I feel blessed, I feel motivated for all my fans. It means a lot.”

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Mexico will stand still tonight to watch Canelo in his attempt to create more history as he rises up the list of greatest fighters from a country with such a rich history in boxing.

Mexican newspaper Record goes with a simple headline: “Undisputed”.

Canelo and Reynoso eye legacy-defining win

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“Being the undisputed champion is huge for my legacy,” Canelo told BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast.

“Not only would it be an honour to be the first Latin American fighter to do it, but there’s only a select club of fighters who have achieved this.

“Eddy and I said in the beginning that the goal was to be undisputed, and now we’re one fight away.

“Everyone knows what I’m going to do in the ring. When something is personal with me, it’s different. I have something special in my mind and I’m going to make it a great night for us.”

Canelo reacts to Ward predicting Plant upset

00:23 , Jack Rathborn

“Wow! But we’ll see,” Alvarez said after being informed that the legendary Andre Ward tipped Caleb Plant to win by knockout.

“It’s gonna be a knockout, for sure. I don’t wanna say that [meeting Ward is on the cards]. Maybe he wants to come out of retirement to fight me, but we’ll see.

“I’m in love with my power.”

Zach Parker closes in on Canelo Alvarez fight

00:15 , Jack Rathborn

A big win for Derby’s Zach Parker tonight, which moves him into position to face Canelo Alvarez down the line.

The 27-year-old dispatched Marcus Morrison, with the Mexican an option after rising up the WBO rankings, but Chris Eubank Jr could emerge as another spicy match if he wisely hangs about at domestic level.

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Mark Tibbs on Canelo after training Billy Joe Saunders to fight the Mexican: “He’s gone through the best opponents, Golovkin, Lara, Smith, he’s dealt with them all in good fashion. He’s a tough one to beat.”

Calzaghe: ‘I’d have beaten Canelo!’

00:06 , Jack Rathborn

“He’s improving all the time, one thing i’m really surprised with, I thought he’d struggle at super-middleweight, but he seems to be improving,” the Welshman told BT Sport Box Office.

“The punching power, I just hope Plant can raise his game.

“Of course I could have beaten him, I’d have loved to have had that fight.

“He beat me to unifying with all four belts.”

Canelo vs Plant predictions

00:05 , Jack Rathborn

Here are some predictions for the big fight from Devin Haney, Oscar Valdez, Paulie Malignaggi, Teofimo Lopez, Josh Taylor and Eddie Hearn.

Sure, a few of these names are publicly in either fighter’s camp, but gather these views ahead of the fight with a pinch of salt.

Canelo vs Plant expected to go off on time

00:03 , Jack Rathborn

Tonight is a big night for fights in general, but don’t expect a super late night as Canelo waits for Usman vs Covington to conclude at UFC 268 – as was the case when Canelo fought Kovalev.

With Las Vegas currently seven hours behind the UK, we can expect the main event to start any time after 4am…

Mike Tyson predicts dominant Canelo win over Plant

Saturday 6 November 2021 23:55 , Jack Rathborn

“Caleb Plant ain’t lasting the distance,” said Tyson on his podcast Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson.

“He’s going to get clocked. He’s going to get so f****d up. With two human beings, anything is possible, but I think this guy [Canelo] is going to f*****g kill him.

“He’s your friend? You’re going to his funeral. Wait ‘till Alvarez starts hitting that motherf*****g body.”

Plant relishing ‘underdog’ status against Canelo

Saturday 6 November 2021 23:45 , Jack Rathborn

“The oddsmakers can have me as an underdog. I’ve been an underdog my whole life, and I’ve been proving them wrong my whole life. Those are just numbers. They’ve been wrong before and they’re wrong now,” Plant said.

“I’m going to be right in his face. I’ve got a chip on my shoulder, but that’s something I’ve carried with me my whole life. That’s I’m here. I like being the underdog, I like being here. I like people booing and I like people rooting against me.”

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STEVE BUNCE: Canelo and Plant walk the hard road to the bright lights of Las Vegas

Saturday 6 November 2021 23:30 , Jack Rathborn

In Las Vegas the neon greets the people with pictures of lobsters the size of lambs, magicians with plastic faces and fighters with lightning eyes.

This Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the now sacred green fighting beast on the Strip, two men from a very different world to the Las Vegas one they dominate, will fight and share a hundred million dollars.

Caleb Plant is from central Tennessee and started to fight in a ring without ropes, dancing and dreaming on a bare floor with taped lines for the imaginary square. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fought to survive his Mexican childhood, to avoid hawking tissues on filthy busses and turned professional at just 15. And, yes, they always dreamed of the bright-light city.

Plant bio and record

Saturday 6 November 2021 23:20 , Jack Rathborn

  • Nationality: American

  • Born: July 8, 1992

  • Height: 6’1”

  • Reach: 74”

  • Total Fights: 21

  • Record: 21-0 (12 KOs)

Canelo record and bio

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Saturday 6 November 2021 23:06 , Jack Rathborn

Canelo Alvarez poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena (Getty)

Canelo Alvarez poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena (Getty)

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Eddie Hearn: Canelo Alvarez will stop Caleb Plant inside nine rounds

Saturday 6 November 2021 23:00 , Jack Rathborn

Eddie Hearn has claimed that Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez will stop Caleb Plant inside nine rounds when the rivals go head-to-head this Saturday.

Canelo puts his WBA, WBC and WBO titles on the line, while Plant’s IBF belt is up for grabs in the super middleweight unification bout.

The build-up between the two has become personal in recent weeks, with undefeated American Plant mentioning the 2018 incident in which his Mexican opponent tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol.

Canelo Alvarez will stop Caleb Plant inside nine rounds, Eddie Hearn claims

Canelo Alvarez insists Caleb Plant ‘better have a good chin’ after ‘crossing the line’

Saturday 6 November 2021 22:50 , Jack Rathborn

Canelo Alvarez says Caleb Plant will need a “good chin” on fight night as the rivals’ bout on 6 November has become personal.

Trash talk triggered an altercation at their press conference as Alvarez pushed Plant and punches were thrown after Plant called him a “m**********r”. Alvarez was also labelled a “drugs cheat” by his opponent.

The incident meant Plant “crossed a line”, according to Alvarez.

The Mexican has now said: “I hope he has a good chin because he’s going to need it on fight night. I’m always ready. I just can’t wait. I feel strong and fast.

Canelo Alvarez says Caleb Plant ‘better have a good chin’ after ‘crossing the line’

Carl Froch explains why he would have been ‘too much’ for Canelo Alvarez in his prime

Saturday 6 November 2021 22:40 , Jack Rathborn

Carl Froch believes he would have beaten Canelo Alvarez had the two ever fought in their prime.

Canelo is aiming to complete is collection of super middleweight belts in Las Vegas on Saturday when he takes on Caleb Plant, and will cement his legacy as undisputed champion and one of the all-time greats of the division. And Froch, himself a former super middleweight champion, says he would have “loved” to fight Canelo.

“Me in my prime at about 34, 35-years-old against Canelo Alvarez, I think I would have been too much for him,” Froch told Pro Boxing Fans. “I beat Lucian Bute in that obliteration and I had the rematch with [Mikkel] Kessler and then two [George] Groves fights, which I wasn’t fully motivated for the first Groves fight, but I was for the second. I was a mature, seasoned, professional world champion. I had suffered defeats, come back and won.

Canelo Alvarez vows to make ‘history’ against Caleb Plant in super middleweight showdown

Saturday 6 November 2021 22:30 , Jack Rathborn

Canelo Alvarez has vowed to make “history” by defeating Caleb Plant in their super middleweight showdown on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

The Mexican great is putting his WBA, WBC and WBO titles on the line with Plant’s IBF strap also up for grabs at the MGM Grand.

The winner will become the first undisputed champion in the division’s history.

Canelo, who saw off Billy Joe Saunders back in May, was in confident mood as he touched down in Vegas.

Canelo Alvarez vows to make ‘history’ against Caleb Plant in super middleweight clash

For Canelo Alvarez, ‘discipline’ is the only secret to success

Saturday 6 November 2021 22:20 , Jack Rathborn

Cliches in boxing are as old and worn as the blood-stained canvases on which they were first spoken, but even under the tawdry lights in Las Vegas, they still tend to shine true. Admittedly, when compared to the pantheon of Muhammad Ali quotes and the fictitious bible of Rocky Balboa, Canelo Alvarez’s “No Boxing, No Life” motto is distinctly and succinctly unremarkable, and yet that is somewhat fitting for the dominant superstar of this generation.

When Alvarez faces Caleb Plant in the early hours of Sunday morning at the MGM Grand – 16 years after turning professional and a decade since first becoming a world champion – it will mark another milestone in a career not just of immense success but astonishing longevity. After all, if only a precious few fighters will ever complete the ascent from a dingy gym to boxing’s peak, a far smaller proportion are able to sustain those heights. It’s only natural that, in a brutal sport that bears such grave risks, recognition and wealth should appease the fire that forged the path out of the wilderness.

What makes Alvarez so unique in the modern day is that, although boxing might have offered a form of protection from the bullies in Guadalajara, who taunted his ginger hair, freckles and fair skin, it was never an escape. There is an inclination to see the sport’s protagonists as young men seeking refuge, but the love Alvarez felt when he first stepped in a ring hasn’t diminished. He is one of the world’s wealthiest athletes, aligned with a fleet of designer brands and boasting a motorcade of luxury sportscars. And yet, since suffering the sole defeat of his career against Floyd Mayweather in 2014, he has beaten 14 different opponents and gleaned fragments of skill from each. The version of Alvarez who faces Plant will be the most refined, explosive and deadly the public has ever seen.

For Canelo Alvarez, ‘discipline’ is the only secret to success

Truax gives Canelo vs Plant prediction

Saturday 6 November 2021 22:10 , Jack Rathborn

Caleb Truax, who once beat James DeGale and recently fought Caleb Plant in a points defeat in January, has offered up his own views on how the fight will unfold tonight.

Plant defended his IBF title against Truax in January, winning every single round on all three judges’ scorecards in Los Angeles, with the Minnesotan admitting the champion has one of the best jabs he has ever faced, which could be crucial tonight if an upset is to materialise.

Canelo vs Plant: Odds

Saturday 6 November 2021 22:00 , Jack Rathborn

– Canelo to win: 1/12

– Canelo to win on points: 9/4

– Canelo to win by knockout: 1/2

– Plant to win: 6/1

– Plant to win on points: 10/1

– Plant to win by knockout: 12/1

– Draw: 25/1

Canelo defends himself after Plant insults over PEDs

Saturday 6 November 2021 21:50 , Jack Rathborn

Canelo then replied: “Don’t make excuses before the fight,” before Plant added: “You’re a cheater. You got suspended for six months.”

Canelo wrapped up the war of words by saying: “Say whatever you say; I’ll see you 6 November.”

The pair then came face-to-face for the first time, with Alvarez pushing Plant away before the American swung a punch, which the Mexican slipped. Canelo then through a short punch of his own before they were pulled apart by security.

Plant riles Canelo over failed drugs test

Saturday 6 November 2021 21:40 , Jack Rathborn

Canelo and Plant dramatically swung punches at each other after the Mexican was labelled a “drug cheat” in a highly intense first face-off.

Plant said: “You’re going to find out the same time everybody else finds out. And you know when they found out? When it was too late. That’s when they found out, and that’s exactly when you’re going to find out.

“Mark my words, b***h. And you’re a b***h, too,” he then said as he directed his attention towards Canelo’s trainer Eddy Reynoso.

Speaking to Canelo once more, he continued: “What the f*** are you going to do? F*** you. And you’re a drug cheat. So tell me something. Oscar Valdez tests positive for something and not get suspended for six months. But he [Canelo] get test positive for something and gets suspended for six months, and somehow he’s not a drug cheat?”

Canelo vs Plant ring walks: What time will fight start in UK?

Saturday 6 November 2021 21:30 , Jack Rathborn

Canelo Alvarez attempts to add yet another chapter to his legacy when he faces Caleb Plant in a rare four-belt unification in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The Mexican, widely considered boxing’s best current fighter, enters the ring for the 60th time as a professional and is heavily favoured against his unbeaten opponent.

Canelo defeated Billy Joe Saunders in an acrimonious bout earlier this year, landing a vicious uppercut in the eighth round that broke the Briton’s orbital bone.

What time will Canelo Alvarez vs Caleb Plant start in UK?

Canelo Alvarez explains why Caleb Plant fight is ‘personal’

Saturday 6 November 2021 21:19 , Jack Rathborn

Canelo Alvarez has insisted his upcoming fight with Caleb Plant has taken on a different edge because the American “crossed the line” with some of his comments ahead of Saturday’s bout.

Alvarez will put his WBC, WBA, and WBO titles on the line as the Mexican superstar aims to become the first undisputed champion in the super middleweight division.

But while the contest against IBF holder Plant is historic for those reasons, Alvarez has revealed it has become “personal” as well after the two rivals clashed at a heated press conference to announce the fight in September.

Canelo Alvarez explains why Caleb Plant fight is ‘personal’

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