Canelo Alvarez vs. Caleb Plant: Keys and prediction

Canelo Alvarez

It’s finally here boxing world; the super middleweight undisputed championship takes place on Saturday night from Las Vegas as Saul Canelo Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) and Caleb Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) finally get to business. The bout takes place on Showtime pay per view in the United States and begins at 9 P.M. eastern and 6 P.M. pacific. There has been tons of pre-fight trash-talk and a scuffle at the opening press conference. Which fighter makes his claim for all-time great this Saturday?

Here are the keys to Saturday’s fight by fighter.

Keys for each fighter

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Caleb Plant: Use the reach, Stay out of range, follow up the jab, and use movement

Caleb Plant has a lot of skills and smarts in the ring. He has yet to face a fighter of Canelo’s caliber, but there is a time for it and it’s here for it. Plant has a great ring IQ and has the reach over Canelo, which he should use to make Canelo chase him. He should stay out of range and keep his jab out there to keep Canelo at bay. Many have one question: Plant doesn’t always follow up his jab with a right hand or many combinations. Plant needs to stay busy while using his distance to give himself a chance in this fight. If he can do this, I think he is a live dog and can shock the world.

Canelo: Attack the body, cut off the ring, pressure, and get inside

What can you say about Canelo? He has become the number one fighter in the sport and has improved from every fight. Canelo is not the stereotypical Mexican fighter. Canelo can fight, box, and use his boxing skill. Canelo also has a great ring IQ, but his money is that bodywork. Throughout his career, he has improved in his ability to cut off the ring since his previous fights with Floyd Mayweather and Erislanday Lara, where he struggled. Now he has not faced a fighter of the caliber of that level of a boxer. Is Plant on that level of skill is yet to be seen? Canelo needs to get inside how he did versus Sergey Kovalev, where he made himself small and got inside eventually led to his knockout. It will be a tough assignment for Canelo to get the undisputed title that he has longed for.

Prediction

This will be a very competitive fight and Caleb Plant will not be outclassed. Plant early on may be caught up in the moment, leading Canelo to jump out to a lead. I believe Plant will begin to show his class and make the fight close through the middle rounds. Canelo establishing an early lead, will start to break Plant down and tire him out. Plant’s heart will get him to the final bell, but he may hit the canvas once. Despite that, Canelo is still the victor here. I think Canelo will win by unanimous decision and become the undisputed super middleweight champion and place himself among Mexico’s best.