Results and highlights of Canelo Alvarez vs. Caleb Plant: With an 11th-round TKO, Alvarez becomes the undisputed champion.
On Saturday night in Las Vegas, Alvarez created history by KOing Plant in the 11th round.
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – Caleb Plant’s tenacity proved his detractors wrong. Meanwhile, Canelo Alvarez demonstrated once again why he is the finest pound-for-pound fighter in the game.
Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 KOs) scored a pair of knockdowns in Round 11 to halt Plant (21-1, 12 KOs) by TKO and create MGM Grand Garden Arena history. The 31-year-old boxing legend became the first to unify all four recognized 168-pound belts and the first Mexican fighter to become an undisputed champion.
The pro-Canelo audience applauded Alvarez after the end, as referee Russell Mora waved off the fight after the second knockdown without a count, despite the fact that Plant seemed to be conscious. For his post-fight interview, Alvarez donned a gold crown while wearing a real jacket of championship belts.
“It hasn’t been easy getting here. We came a long way thanks to your help, as well as that of my family and staff. This applies to everyone, but particularly to Mexico.
“I have a lot of respect for Caleb Plant.” He is a formidable fighter with a lot of skill. I absolutely admire him.”
Plant used fast hands and good defense to keep Alvarez in the final rounds. However, because to Alvarez’s outstanding defence, he was never able to hit anything powerful other than counter jabs on a continuous basis.
Alvarez reacted to Plant’s quickness as early as the first round, cornering him and banging away to the body. Although Plant made some changes as the fight entered the second half, just as Alvarez slowed down, he was unable to hit anything significant to deter Alvarez from coming forward.
“He was making my things tough, but [trainer] Eddy [Reynoso] encouraged me to adhere to the game plan, and we got him,” Alvarez said.
The conclusion in Round 11 was expertly set up by Alvarez’s lead left hook, which trapped Plant against the ropes before a pair of uppercuts from Alvarez felled him. Plant sprang to his feet with no difficulty, but a flurry from Alvarez against the ropes resulted in a second knockdown and Mora’s instant appeal for the stoppage at 1:05 of Round 11.
“That’s how it had to end.” “I decided to go for the kill.”
According to ShoStats, Alvarez outlanded Plant with a score of 117 to 101. He had a 53-13 lead in body shots and hit on 41 percent of his power shots.
The two combatants hugged after the bout to put a pre-fight feud behind them, which began at a press conference on Sept. 22 during which the two competitors threw blows.
“At the end of the day,” Alvarez replied, “we are men.” “He wanted to fight and compete again, but there is no shame.” He apologized for the motherf—-er situation, but he didn’t mean it that way. I assured him that everything was OK and that he should continue.”
Plant, 29, walked out of the ring on his own after the battle without giving an interview. He suffered his first loss of his career, bringing an end to his IBF championship reign that started with a victory against Jose Uzcategui in 2019.
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When asked whether he will return to 175 pounds after unifying the super middleweight title, Alvarez, the four-division champion, was hesitant.
“We’re not sure,” Alvarez said. “First and foremost, we need relaxation.”
At the moment of the halt, all three judges had Alvarez winning by scores of 98-92, 97-93, and 96-94. Alvarez was also victorious, 97-93, according to CBS Sports.
On the undercard, Anthony Dirrell declared himself a prospective contender if Alvarez chooses to stay at 168 pounds. In the fifth round, the former WBC super middleweight champion knocked out Marcos Hernandez with a devastating uppercut. Dirrell, 37, has not fought since 2018, when he was knocked out by David Benavidez and earned a draw with Kyrone Davis earlier this year.
In addition, rising prospect Elvis Rodriguez bounced back brilliantly from his first pro loss with a fifth-round TKO of Juan Pablo Romero in the night’s opener. Rodriguez (12-1-1, 11 KOs) had been on a run to start his career until a majority decision defeat to Kenneth Sims Jr. deflated most of the excitement around the 25-year-old. A TKO over the likes of Romero, on the other hand, would go a long way toward healing that wound as he continues his path at super lightweight.
CBS Sports was there for you every step of the way on Saturday, so be sure to check out the live results and highlights below.
Canelo vs. Plant bout schedule and odds
Canelo Alvarez (c) defeated Caleb Plant via TKO in the 11th round to become the undisputed super middleweight title.
Marcos Hernandez was knocked out in the fourth round by Anthony Dirrell.
Rey Vargas wins a unanimous decision against Leonardo Baez (99-91, 100-90, 100-90)
Elvis Rodriguez defeated Juan Pablo Romero via TKO in the fifth round.
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Canelo Alvarez vs. Caleb Plant results, highlights: Alvarez becomes undisputed champion with 11th-round TKO