Eleven months ago, Saul Canelo Alvarez started the quest to become the undisputed super middleweight champion. On this night, Canelo proved to he was worthy of the challenge as it became a reality with an 11th-round knockout of Caleb Plant in their fight at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
Canelo (57-1-2 39, KOs) was crowned as he stopped Caleb Plant (21-1, 12 KOs) in Round 11. The undisputed crown that Canelo longed for came to fruition. Action from the undercard had Elvis Romero returning to his winning ways with a 5th round knockout. Rey Vargas returned from a two-year layoff with a unanimous decision win and Anthony Dirrell returned with a fourth-round knockout victory on the undercard as well.
Canelo struggles vs Plant jab in early going
Early in the fight, Plant started with the jab and solid movement and kept himself competitive. Canelo didn’t throw much early in Round 1 as he seemed to try and get his timing down. Plant was doing his game plan right and showed no hesitancy. At the end of the early rounds, Alvarez began to attack the body and the fight seemed to slow down as Plant wasn’t moving as much but was no longer moving the same.
With the action heating up and the bodywork from Canelo showing more effects, his output improved while Plant slowed down. The rounds were still close as Plant showed grit hanging tough in the middle of the ring and landing shots. The shots from Plant seemed not to bother Alvarez, while Canelo was landing telling shots. Plant didn’t wilt and stood in the middle, but you could see the effects of the pressure from Canelo starting to show as Plant seemed to be thinking more than throwing. When Plant did throw, he would land, but he seemed worried about coming back and didn’t sit down on all the punches.
Canelo wins as he proves too much for Plant late
In the closing stanzas, Plant’s activity had slowed down considerably, but in Round 9, he gave a solid round. Canelo didn’t seem bothered but surprised that Plant seemed fresh. Plant stood his ground and let Alvarez know he was still there to be dealt with and Canelo seemed to refocus as he knew he had work to do. The 10th round was a precursor to Canelo seemed more in control and Plant seemed more content to move more and maybe catch his breath, but his punches seemed to have more effect on Plant as he reacted to them more. The pressure and bodywork from Canelo had caught up to Plant and would he survive now the question. That question was answered quickly in the 11th Round as Alvarez landed a left hook that rocked Plant and he followed up with an uppercut that sent Plant down. Plant stood up quickly and seemed to jog to one side of the ring, composing himself. After the referee told Plant to put his hands up and then, Canelo came and attacked. Alvarez pinned him to the ropes and landed a right to the temple that sent Plant down and the fight was stopped.
Canelo makes boxing history with win
With the victory, Alvarez is now the first undisputed super middleweight champion in boxing history. He is the first undisputed champion in the rich history of Mexican fighters who have worked their way through the ranks in boxing. He accomplished this in 11 months and has now cemented himself as an all-time great. Plant should not be discredited as he acquitted himself well. Alvarez has said he would like to defend his undisputed crown at 168 and the question is will he want to challenge himself at 175. On this day, he made his mark and proved himself to the boxing world. A litany of fighters will want to challenge the throne, and he has shown he’s willing to take on all comers.