‘This man is in trouble’ ⋆ Boxing News 24
By Sean Jones: WBA/WBC/WBO super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez vs. IBF champion Caleb ‘Sweethands’ Plant was announced on Monday for November 6th on Showtime pay-per-view at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The fight will decide who is the #1 guy at 168, as the winner will be the undisputed champion in the division.
It’s something that Canelo and Plant are excited about, but it’ll be an empty accomplishment, given that neither guy has fought David Benavidez. He’s considered the #1 guy at 168, not Canelo or Plant.
Oddly enough, Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) believes he’ll be the new face of boxing after he beats Canelo. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen.
If Plant beats Canelo, you can bet there will be some excuse for the Mexican star’ss loss.
If Plant wins a decision, it’s predictable that Canelo and his fans will grumble about the scores from the judges, and they’ll throw up a bunch of fluff in the air to distract from what took place inside the ring. It’s almost a given that we’ll see the judges being overruled by the fans.
Plant vowing to be ‘new face in boxing’
“On November 6, the world will witness boxing’s first ever crowned undisputed super middleweight champion,” said Plant. “When my hand is raised in victory, the world will know then that I’m the new face of boxing.
“Everyone should order the PPV now and get their popcorn ready because I’m about to put on a performance that will go down in history as one of the best ever. This man is in trouble,” said Plant.
If Plant beats Canelo, he still won’t be the face of boxing because he would need to do more than defeat the Mexican star once. Canelo didn’t become the ‘Face of Boxing’ off of one win.
It took Canelo years of wins over high-caliber honor to earn that position. With Plant, we’re still waiting for him to beat his first elite-level opponent because he’s been beating lesser opposition since he turned pro.
Plant’s best career wins:
- Caleb Truax
- Vincent Feigenbutz
- Jose Uzcategui
- Rogelio Medina
Those are the ONLY names worth mentioning on Plant’s seven-year resume, and none of them are A-level fighters.
Plant needs to be beating these guys to become the Face of Boxing:
- David Benavidez
- Jermall Charlo
- Gennadiy Golovkin
- Carlos Gongora
- David Morrell Jr
- Demetrius Andrade
- Canelo Alvarez
- Dmitry Bivol
- Artur Beterbiev
- Joe Smith Jr
- Edgar Berlanga
Algieri sees Canelo beating Plant
“Nobody is unbeatable, and anyone can be beat on any given night,” said Chris Algieri to Pro Boxing Fan. “Caleb Plant does have a beautiful skillset, and movement, athleticism, and his boxing ability.
“I just don’t think he has the staying power. He tends to fade at certain points in fights, and I think Canelo, who is so consistent, especially recently.
“He’s a really, really difficult guy to deal with. He stays so calm, even when fights are considered close, like the Billy Joe Saunders fight.
“Some of the people at ringside had it even. I was there live, and it didn’t look that way, and it didn’t look Canelo felt it was even.
“It was just a matter of time. ‘I’m getting you, I know I’m going to get you’ type of situation. It was similar to the [Sergey] Kovalev fight where some of the judges had Canelo down.
“Canelo didn’t fight like that. Canelo was fighting like, ‘I’m going to get you, I’m setting you up.
“This is the game plan; this is what we’re doing.’ So he’s extremely confident in his skillset, and if there’s a way to win, Canelo is so good at finding it.
“He’s been fighting such high-level competition, and I think more high-level competition than anyone in the sport consistently.
“So, Canelo is a really hard guy to beat. Anybody can be beat at any given time, but I don’t see Canelo losing that fight,” Algieri said.
It’s hard to go against Canelo in his fight, Plant. We saw how Plant struggled with his stamina against Jose Uzcategui in 2019, and that was the only semi-decent opponent he’s faced during his career.
You can’t count the other guy’s Plant has beaten because they were pedestrian-level guys like Vincent Feigenbutz, Mike Lee, and Rogelio Medina.
In his last fight, Plant beat former IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Truax, but he was 38-years-old and no longer young.
Fighters Canelo would have struggled against
“Roy, yeah,” said Algieri when asked if a prime Roy Jones Jr. could have found a way to beat Canelo Alvarez. “Roy is one of my favorite fighters of all time. The things he was able to do in that ring in all those weight classes, forget it.
“I think of a guy like Marvin Hagler. He would have been a very difficult style to deal with [for Canelo] or anybody, but Canelo specifically. And I’m probably going to get a lot of s*** for this.
“Tommy Hearns, who is similar in ways to Kovalev. Long, strong, killer right hand but way faster.
“Tommy Hearns was super quick with the jab and had a rattlesnake right hand, and super long reach, and tall.
“I’ve always said that he would give trouble to anybody from any era because he was a freak.
“The issue with him was his chin and his legs and especially as his fights went on. But I think Canelo would have a lot of trouble with a guy like Tommy Hearns,” said Algieri.
There’s no question that Canelo would have had massive problems with a prime Roy Jones Jr., Marvin Hagler, and Tommy Hearns. Those guys would have pushed Canelo to his limits.
Not only those fighters from the past would have potentially beaten Canelo. These fighters would have given Canelo a lot of issues:
- Nigel Benn
- Gerald McClellan
- Julian Jackson
- Joe Calzaghe
- Bernard Hopkins
- James Toney
- Antonio Tarver
Canelo might have been able to beat some of those fighters, but not all of them. McClellan, Calzaghe, Hopkins, and Jones Jr. would have been a step too far for Canelo.
Julian Jackson and Hearns, with their colossal power, would have been a nightmare for Canelo.