Canelo Alvarez vs. Caleb Plant Fight Preview, Prediction, and Picks

Boxing expert Steve Kim previews this Saturday's bout between Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant and predicts the outcome.
Steve Kim
Tue, November 2, 6:59 AM EDT

Canelo Alvarez vs. Caleb Plant Fight Preview, Prediction, and Picks

This Saturday night, Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez is on the verge of history when he faces Caleb Plant at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Not only can he become the undisputed super middleweight champion, but he can become the first Mexican boxer to capture all four major belts within a weight class.

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Canelo Alvarez Preview

Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs), who comes into the contest with the WBA, WBC, and WBO titles, is not only the biggest star in the sport but is considered the best all-around fighter in the sport.

He is a well-rounded boxer, who has a solid fundamental grounding, above-average puncher, and in recent years has really honed his ability to slip and avoid punches and become a lethal counter-puncher. Alvarez seems to be at the top of his game and still very much in his physical prime at age 31.

While many of today's boxers don't fight often, for the Mexican superstar, this will be his fourth outing in 11 months. Last December, he scored a dominant decision victory over the undefeated Callum Smith. He smoked out the over-matched Avni Yildirim in three rounds in late February and then stopped Billy Joe Saunders in eight back in May.

Caleb Plant Preview

Plant (21-0, 12), the reigning IBF belt-holder, is a slick boxer who has quick feet, a good set of legs and is adept at using the ring to maneuver around his opponents. The native of Tennessee could best be described as an athletic boxer.

But you wonder if he is battled tested enough to take on the likes of Alvarez after facing the likes of Mike Lee (TKO3), Vincent Feigenbutz (TKO10), and Caleb Truax (W12). To say that Plant's title run has been soft would be an understatement.

For Plant to win, he will have to box a perfect fight and be able to at least earn the respect of Alvarez, or he'll just simply be walked down throughout this contest.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Caleb Plant Prediction

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There's a reason why Canelo is the prohibitive favorite in this contest. He is as complete a prizefighter as there is currently in the sport -- and he's kept his tools sharp. While Plant may have some ring rust, given that he hasn't fought since late January, Alvarez should have no such issues, having kept a busy schedule. You just can't see Plant ever really hurting Alvarez (who took the best punches of Gennadiy Golovkin over 24 rounds). And you don't know how he will react to being on the game's biggest stage. It says here that Alvarez will eventually break down Plant and score a 10th round stoppage.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Caleb Plant Pick


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