Sweet Science Scene: Canelo Alvarez crowned, Mayer unifies and judges continue to leave much to be desired

Nov 6, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Canelo Alvarez (gold/white trunks) knocks down Caleb Plant (white/gray trunks) during their undisputed super middleweight world championship boxing match at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

What a weekend it was in the sweet science. We had to highlight reel knockouts and a great unification match. Although the scorecards were moronic the fight was excellent. The undisputed matchup between Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant delivered and crowned the undisputed king. We also had a fighter miss weight and another questionable scorecard as what seems to be the norm.

Canelo Alvarez deserves his flowers in 11 months the man became undisputed. Canelo Alvarez met for the undisputed crown and with the hype and back and forth talk that help sell the build up many expected a good fight. It delivered as many questioned how Canelo would deal with a fighter like Plant who can move, box and had a long reach. The questions for Plant were that the resume was lacking, and he had never had a moment like this.

Well early on Plant showed up and had much success, but the lack of pop on his punches and the endless pressure from Canelo was the downfall. The pressure and body work from Canelo eventually broke down Plant and in round 11 a left hook and smooth uppercut to the head sent Plant spiraling down. After getting up and going back and forth across the ring Plant attempted to avoid Canelo who caught him against the ropes and landed a flush right hand to the face and sent Plant down and the ref calling the fight.

Canelo Alvarez makes history

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Nov 6, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Canelo Alvarez celebrates after knocking out Caleb Plant (not pictured) during their undisputed super middleweight world championship boxing match at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

It was a dramatic ending to a solid event which placed Canelo among a historic group of fighters in becoming undisputed. The co-feature gave us a possible knockout of the year contender as Anthony Dirrell landed a flush wind-up uppercut to knock out Marcos Hernandez in round four. YouTube it or look it up on social media it’s worth it.

 A fight of the year contender took place the night before Canelo-Plant. A women’s unification in the junior lightweight division as Mikaela Mayer took on Maiva Hamadouche in a great fight marred by the cards. From the outset these women came to make a statement as it was rock em sock em robots with the back and forth punching and at times abandonment of defense.

Mayer seemed to be struggling with the pace and pressure of Hamadouche, but eventually the better boxing of Mayer and body work slowed Hamadouche down considerably. The flush shots that were landed surprisingly did not produce a knockdown, but still produced a great fight. As the fight ended many thought it could be up for grabs as many could see it be 96-94 either way or a draw. In typical sweet science fashion we heard the cards read of (100-90,99-91,98-92) those were all a discredit to Hamadouche. The fight was great and gave us a fight of the year contender, but was spit on by the judges. 

A fight on the undercard portion of the card gave us a big knockout as Rowdy Legend Montgomery shot a monster right hand and knocked out Martez McGregor in their bout.

Joseph Adorno a talented prospect missed weight for the third time in the last two years for a fight. He was set to appear on the undercard of Mayer-Hamadouche, but after failing to make weight by two and a half pounds was removed from the card. It was a letdown as earlier in the year Adorno gave us a great fight and possible fight of the year discussion at least fight. With this latest misstep many wonder if he will be back with Top Rank or will he be let go.

Quick boxing hits

  • British welterweight prospect Connor Benn had a date for his next fight December 11th, but now he has an opponent. He will take on former champion and veteran fight Chris Algeri. It will be Benn’s biggest named opponent so far in his career and Algeri looked solid in his return to the ring earlier this year.
  • Light heavyweight contender Joshua Buatsi takes on his biggest test as he faces former title challenger Maxim Vlasov December 18th. It will be a big step up for Buatsi as he attempts to land a title shot next year.
  • Per trainer Robert Garcia rising contender Vergil Ortiz is no longer training with him. Ortiz is now looking for a new trainer some reports indicated he would be joining Eddy Reynoso, but at this point those rumors have not been confirmed.
  • Women’s pound for pound great Amanda Serrano returns December 18thas she takes on Miriam Gutierrez in a lightweight fight. This fight hopefully leads to a super fight with Ireland’s Katie Taylor.
  • This weekend three cards take place as super middleweight and former two-time champion David Benavidez takes on Kyrone Davis on showtime. This match could possibly lead to Benavidez should he win meeting up with Canelo next year.
  • On DAZN Jaime Munguia takes on veteran Gabriel Rosado in a middleweight bout. This match up for Munguia will be his biggest test and biggest name should he come out on top many believe he will go for a title shot next year. If Rosado wins, he may receive an opportunity to challenge for a title and will finish off a comeback year for him.
  • The other card to take place will also be on DAZN early in the U.S. and in the evening across the pond as Kid Galahad defends his featherweight title versus veteran and former champion Kiko Martinez.

Not to be a Rueda…but

First off Boxing media please make sure you are correct in what you report. When the news of Vergil Ortiz came out it was reported he left Robert Garcia to join Eddy Reynoso and Ortiz quickly came out and said it was incorrect. He went as far as to show messages exchanged in which he said that it wasn’t true.

Please for the sake of decency at least make sure you’re correct in what you report instead of trying to make a splash announcement. Then I don’t know how many times we must do this question, but please judges get your cards correct and make sense of what you say. The judging has been terrible, and Friday showed us again why as two cards were off on the Mayer-Hamadouche card. I implore all commissions to do better and quit risking the fights with incompetent judging.