The 57th victory in his professional career was written by Saul Canelo Alvarez (57-1-2). According to many, "P4P" is the best boxer in the world, early this morning he defeated the American Caleb Plant (21-1-0). Canelo thus managed to unite all the belts in the super middleweight category, as Plant has been the IBF champion to date.
It took Canelo a full ten rounds and 65 seconds of the 11th round to defeat a surprisingly good opponent. It is true that Plant came to this match as an undefeated boxer, but he has never met a boxer at such a high level. The big favorite was Canelo, but Caleb Plant proved to be a tough nut to crack through many rounds and justified his place in this match.
Slightly reserved, Canelo entered the match, and Plant made very good use of his length and front straight. The lateral movements of the American boxer were also at a good level. However, as the match progressed, Canelo became more and more dangerous, and his shots were much more concrete and stronger than Plant's.
Canelo was constantly pressing, moving forward, pressing the opponent with the ropes of the ring, and hitting numerous blows to the body. Entering later rounds, the Mexican worked better with his left crochet, and after one left crochet, the problems actually started for Plant.
He hit Canelo with the first-mentioned blow, then he added a right uppercut, and while the American boxer was falling, Canelo also hit with his left uppercut. The referee counted and Plant managed to continue, but the great Mexican smelled blood and soon finished the job.
Saul Canelo Alvarez is now the IBF, WBA, WBC, and WBO super middleweight champion, and with today’s win in Las Vegas, Canelo has become the first Mexican with combined belts, at least when it comes to the four-belt era.
Alvarez is also the first boxer ever to achieve this in the super middleweight division, and in the era of four belts, only five other fighters managed to unite all four. These are Bernard Hopkins, Jermain Taylor, Terence Crawford, Oleksandr Usyk, and Josh Taylor.
This is Canelo's third victory this year. The Mexican defeated Avni Yıldırım in the second month with a stoppage in the third round, and in the fifth month, Canelo was better than Billy Joe Saunders. That match ended after a full eight rounds.
Caleb Plant on the other hand can be proud of his performance. One of the referees awarded him four of the first 10 rounds. The second referee gave him three rounds, and in the third he won only two. Plant bravely faced the best boxer of today, but it wasn’t enough for anything more than a defeat in the 11th round.