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Canelo Alvarez KOs Caleb Plant, Is Crowned Undisputed Super Middleweight Champion

Roughly twelve months ago, Canelo Alvarez set out on a mission to become boxing’s undisputed super middleweight champion. Four fights later, he has reached the top of the 168-lbs. mountain.

Facing a tricky and durable Caleb Plant, it took ten rounds for Alvarez to figure out a way to knock him out. Alvarez knocked out Plant with a series of vicious right hands in the eleventh round to stop him and unify the WBA, WBC, WBO & IBF super middleweight titles.

At the time of the knockout, Alvarez was ahead on all three scorecards, leading by scores of 97–93, 96–94 & 98–92. The fight headlined a Showtime pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in front of what was an announced crowd of 16,586.

Alvarez became the first man in history to hold all four of those titles at the same time at super middleweight. He also is the sixth male boxer to hold all four of those titles at the same time in any weight class.

Both Alvarez and Plant did not get into a consistent rhythm for most of the fight. Plant stuck to throwing the jab and circling the ring, while Alvarez tried to overpower his opponent. Neither man was able to land anything significant for large portions of the title bout, making for several close rounds to score.

However, the tide turned in the tenth round when Alvarez started dominating Plant and landing cleaner power shots. Opening the eleventh, Alvarez pushed Plant up the ropes and dropped him to the canvas with a flurry. Plant recovered, but Alvarez threw several right hands that folded Plant and sent him to the canvas for a second and final time.

Now that Alvarez has become the super middleweight division’s sole champion, his future is very wide open. Should he remain at super middleweight, there are a number of contenders waiting in the wings such as former champion David Benavidez, current middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo and unbeaten contender Zach Parker, who sits atop the WBO rankings.

There’s also the possibility of Alvarez moving back up to light heavyweight, where he once was the WBO champion. Fights against current champions at that weight class include WBA beltholder Dmitry Bivol, whom Matchroom Boxing promotes, and unified WBC and IBF champion Artur Beterbiev, who is promoted by Top Rank.

Alvarez’s journey to becoming an undisputed super middleweight champion began last December when he defeated Callum Smith to win the WBA and WBC titles. Alvarez followed it up with a mandatory title defense against Avni Yildirim in February and then unified his two belts with the WBO title after beating Billy Joe Saunders by TKO in May. During that span, Plant defended his IBF title with a decision victory over Caleb Truax. Plant held the IBF since beating Jose Uzcategui in January 2019. When asked about his future after the fight, Alvarez said he’s not sure where and who he’ll fight next.

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