Canelo Alvarez promises to become Mexico’s first undisputed 168-pound champion with Caleb factory knockout

Canelo Alvarez increased two weight classes in November 2019 to challenge then-175-pound WBO title holder Sergey Kovalev, promising to become a four-division champion.

The Mexican superstar did it in a sensational way, literally bringing the “Crusher” to his knees, senseless, cold and slumped against the ring ropes that held him in place. It was a bitter end to a game for one very unpopular fighter.

“It was nice to see Canelo doing us all a favor and hitting Kovalev so hard that he banished him from the stratosphere for being a world class fighter at the elite level,” the analyst said. Boxing Ray Flores from Premier Boxing Champions, TGB Promotions and Triller.

“It was a vicious clock cleaning and about Kovalev, who in my opinion is a villain based on his background. At some point, someone can test Canelo, but that night it c ‘was like,’ This guy is done being an elite fighter ‘because Canelo is blowing everyone out of the water.

It’s been almost two years since Kovalev was pummeled by Alvarez, who predicted an early knockout of undefeated Caleb Plant during their unification fight on November 6 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Alvarez, 31, is determined to become Mexico’s first undisputed 168-pounder champion by adding Plant’s IBF crown to his WBA / WBC / WBO versions.

“I’m sticking to my prediction of a knockout before the eighth round,” said Alvarez, also a title winner at 154, 160 and 175 pounds. “The first two rounds will be tough, but as the fight progresses I’m going to be able to get him out of there.”

Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs), whose bout against Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) will be his fourth fight in 11 months, is hoping to defeat an undefeated rival for the eighth time in his MGM Grandiose career. Plant, 29, will take on Alvarez, 31, on Showtime Pay Per View (9 p.m. ET).

“This is the most important fight of Canelo’s career. As a boxer, there is nothing greater than unifying a division, ”said Alvarez manager and trainer Eddy Reynoso.

“That’s why we train so hard. Our goal is to make sure we show everyone that Mexican boxing is # 1. If we are able to get this victory and unify the division, we will really make a big mark in the sport.

Alvarez is 14-0-1 (8 KOs) since a majority decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September 2013, a fight that dethroned the then 23-year-old WBA / WBC junior middleweight champion.

“Canelo” (Cinnamon for his red hair) is skyrocketing to legendary status from compatriots such as three division champions Julio Cesar Chavez and Marco Antonio Barrera, four division title winners Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales and Salvador Sanchez and Ruben Olivares.

“Canelo’s speed and power against Kovalev was impressive, once again showing his progress since the fight with Mayweather. I rank him in the top five behind Chavez, Olivares and Salvador Sanchez, maybe right there with Marquez, Barrera, Morales and Carlos Zarate, ”said Showtime boxing commentator Raul Marquez, a former junior middleweight champion.

“Canelo has matured and has become a much better fighter. He’s stocky, strong, has a big back, legs, and that’s where his natural power comes from. His balance allows him to take advantage of his punches, to maximize his power, especially on his body shots, by transferring his weight from one side to the other.

That cerebral prowess and two-fisted punching power paired with an impressive resume, making Alvarez the best pound-for-pound boxer in the sport, according to Flores.

“Canelo is precise, economical and we’re starting to see more wrinkles in his game as he grows exponentially in footwork, head movements, feints and the way he parries shots,” said declared Flores. “Oh, and by the way, he hits like a Mack truck, which makes him the most complete fighter we’ve seen in a long time. Canelo is the # 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and it’s not even close.

At a pre-fight press conference last month, Alvarez and Plant ended up trading blows during their ban. Spurred on by a push from Alvarez, Plant rocked and missed. Alvarez landed on Plant. A brief scuffle ensued before the men were separated, Plant being cut off over one of his eyes.

“I was never involved in anything like what happened at the first press conference between me and Caleb,” Alvarez said. “I delivered the message I had to give at our press conference. I have nothing more to say to Plant. I’m just going to get ready to face him in the ring on November 6th.

Alvarez won his first crown in March 2011 by unanimous decision over Matthew Hatton, dominating almost every minute for the vacant 154-pound WBC title and improving to 36-0-1 (26 KOs).

Alvarez made six title defenses before falling to Mayweather, capped with a unanimous decision unification victory over southpaw Austin Trout in April 2013. The victory added Trout’s WBA crown to Alvarez’s WBC title. Alvarez won his second crown in as many divisions by unanimous decision that dethroned Puerto Rican four-division title winner Miguel Cotto (November 2015) as WBC middleweight champion.

“I don’t want to compare myself to the great Mexican champions of the past, but this [Caleb Plant] the fight is very important to my country, Mexico, ”said WBA / WBC / WBO 168-pound champion Canelo Alvarez. (Esther Lin / Showtime)

Alvarez won his third crown in as many divisions in December 2018, his four-stroke third-round TKO of 168-pound “regular” WBA champion Rocky Fielding against a fighter entered at 27-1, 15 KOs).

“I don’t want to compare myself to the great Mexican champions of the past, but this [Caleb Plant] combat is very important for my country, Mexico. It’s one of the most important fights of my life, ”said Alvarez. “I take it very seriously, and a win means a lot to me. I just wanna go out and make my own story. At the end of the day, I want to be considered one of the best with the legends that came before me.

Another major triumph was Alvarez’s majority decision unification victory over then undefeated WBA / WBC defending champion Gennady Golovkin (September 2018) in a rematch of their draw in September 2017.

“Canelo” also holds unanimous decisions on three-division champion and two-time Oscar winner De La Hoya “Sugar” Shane Mosley (May 2012), former champion Chavez (May 2017), ex-incumbents Daniel Jacobs ( May 2019) and Callum Smith (December 2020) and a split decision over Cuban two-division left-handed champion Erislandy Lara (July 2014).

KOs of former Alvarez champions include a sixth round stoppage of Carlos Baldomir (September 2010), a fifth round TKO of Kermit Cintron (November 2011), a 10th round TKO of Alfredo Angulo (March 2014), a sixth-round knockout of Amir Khan (May 2016) and a three-knockout knockout of Liam Smith (September 2016).

The Smith siblings were undefeated before falling to Alvarez, Liam, 33, at 23-0-1 (13 KOs) and Callum, 31, at 27-0 (19 KOs).

Alvarez last fought in May, winning by an eighth round stoppage by lefty Billy Joe Saunders, who came in at 30-0 (14 KOs). Alvarez added Saunders’ WBO title to the WBA and WBC belts he already owned.

“It’s unreal when you look at his CV and consider the guys he’s beaten, which is unreal,” said Flores, also mentioning a third round TKO for title challenger James Kirkland in May 2015.

“I never thought anyone could mean what Chavez meant to Mexican fight fans, but Canelo is so young and has a desire to really claim his legacy, being so adamant about being unchallenged.”

Top 15 wins for Canelo Alvarez

1) Gennady Golovkin (MD 12, 15 September 2018)

2) Sergei Kovalev (KO 11, November 2, 2019)

3) Miguel Cotto (UD 12, 21 November 2015)

4) Shane Mosley (UD 12, 5 May 2012)

5) Erislandy Lara (SD 12, July 12, 2014)

6) Daniel Jacobs (UD 12, May 4, 2019)

7) Austin Trout (DU 12, April 20, 2013))

8) Rocky Fielding (TKO 3, December 15, 2018)

9) Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (UD 12, May 6, 2017)

10) Billy Joe Saunders (RTD 8, May 8, 2021)

11) Amir Khan (KO 6, 7 May 2016)

12) Callum Smith (UD 12, December 19, 2020)

13) Liam Smith (KO 9, September 17, 2016)

14) Matthew Hilton (UD 12, March 5, 2011)

15) Carlos Baldomir (KO 6 Sep 18, 2010)

The 10 best knockouts of Canelo Alvarez

1) Sergei Kovalev (KO 11, November 2, 2019)

2) Rocky Fielding (TKO 3, December 15, 2018)

3) Billy Joe Saunders (RTD 8, May 8, 2021)

4) Amir Khan (KO 6, 7 May 2016)

5) Liam Smith (KO 9, September 17, 2016)

6) Carlos Baldomir (KO 6 Sep 18, 2010)

7) Alfredo Angulo (TKO 10, March 8, 2014)

8) James Kirkland (KO 3, May 9, 2015)

9) Kermit Cintron (TKO 5, November 26, 2011)

10) Josesito Lopez (KO 5, September 15, 2012)

Edited by Stan Chrapowicki and Matthew B. Hall