Former IBF Super-Middleweight Champion, Caleb Plant, has given his verdict on the upcoming undisputed clash between Canelo Alvarez and Jermell Charlo, where he expects a close-fought contest.
Plant outpointed Jose Uzcategui in 2019 to become world champion and made three defences of his crown before taking on Canelo for the undisputed title in 2021. Unfortunately for ‘Sweet Hands’, that is where his twenty-one fight unbeaten record came to an end, losing his title to the Mexican superstar via knockout in the eleventh-round.
Since then, Alvarez has yet to register another stoppage, despite three outings across the super-middleweight and light-heavyweight divisions – including a first loss in almost nine years against Dmitry Bivol, a run that has caused some to doubt whether the 33-year-old is the same fighter that he once was.
Canelo is out to prove that he’s still ‘the king of boxing’ against Charlo and Plant told the Million Dollaz Worth of Game Podcast that, although he anticipates a tight encounter, he’s predicting the man with more experience to come out on top.
“I think that it is hard to bet against Canelo’s experience level, especially at that level.
But Jermell is a great fighter, he is undisputed himself at 154lbs and he’s the younger guy, he’s lighter, so he may be able to move better. We will just have to wait and see, it’s two different styles and it’s a good stylistic match-up.
If he is able to take Canelo’s power and is able to stay in the fight for twelve rounds, he’s definitely got a chances of getting his hand raised.”
Canelo-Charlo will take place on Saturday night in Las Vegas, headlining a card that can be watched live via Showtime PPV and features the likes of Yordenis Ugas, Jesus Ramos and Frank Sanchez.