Written by Tré Berry III | 11/01/2021
The Super-Middleweight division for the first time in its history since its emergence in 1984, will produce an Undisputed World Champion…of course given if the potential draw verdict is rendered out of the equation. On Saturday November 6th, Pound-4-Pound cash King and RING-LINEAL/WBA/WBC/WBO Champion of the World 🇲🇽Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (56-1-2, 38KO) will look to walk his steps toward destiny…but in front of him will be a defiant, unbeaten skilled operator by the name of 🇺🇸Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (21-0-0, 12KO), who refuses to give up his red IBF belt without a fight, and has made some room back home in Nashville, Tennessee, with the intentions of adding 4 extra belts to his living room mantle.
It will be housed as the famous MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it will be broadcast on SHOWTIME PAY PER VIEW. Canelo Alvarez is 16 years in as a professional, but at the age of 31, he hasn’t shown any wear and tear thus far on his body, or his reflexes, and seems to be in optimal form, as he is peaking regarding his level of all-around performance, and is beginning to get properly credited for such.
Canelo has expedited his journey in the Super-Middleweight division, defeating 🇬🇧Callum Smith last December to win the RING/WBA/WBC Title belts, demolishing overmatched mandatory opponent 🇹🇷Avni Yildirim, then becoming the first first fighter to defeat and stop 🇬🇧Billy Joe Saunders, damn near breaking every corner of his orbital bone, putting his boxing future in jeopardy. That, plus his scheduled fight with Plant, fits into an 11 month span, where the red head will have fought 3 high profile world title bouts.
As for Caleb Plant, he doesn’t seem to have the level of support that his skills should command, but some of that is due to having a bit of a frosty persona that rubs some people the wrong way. Some have taken that dislike, and docked him of points when they assess his abilities…but make no mistake about it, Plant is a truly skilled operator, who ranks as one of the top 2 in the world at 168 lbs. strictly on that criteria.
After impressively dominating skilled, but now maligned boxer 🇻🇪Jose Uzcategui (given the news that broke a few days ago), Plant’s soil went dry in terms of potential opponents to face, facing less than suitable opposition whether by lack of talent at the world level, or in battling a respected veteran such as 🇺🇸Caleb Truax, who is well past his best days. For Plant, you can’t get a better present than Canelo factoring his desire to not only fight elite competition, but to fight the best fighter that he could face at this present time.
The undercard is admittedly light, especially given the 79.99 price that is a bit ridiculous, considering the fight lineup, and with some people still dealing with the ramifications of the pandemic…but Canelo has become must-see-TV, and is one who can carry an event alone given his star power. On top of that, the prospects of him and Plant meeting is an intriguing enough match-up to garner a good amount of viewership. Who will become Undisputed Super-Middleweight Champion of the World come this weekend? we will ultimately see.