There is nothing in boxing, at the present time, like a Canelo fight week. The stars are out, the sports media shift their attention to the world of boxing. All eyes are on our sport! Then Canelo delivers, and he does not fault to deliver. He has consistently given A+ performances and delivers the “W” for his fans, hardcore and casuals alike. This Saturday at the MGM Grand was certainly no different, as Canelo scored an 11th round TKO of the unbeaten Caleb Plant to successfully defend his WBA/WBO/WBC straps as well as add Plant’s IBF strap to his plethora of belts. Becoming undisputed moving his record to 57-1-2 (39) and taking home our prestigious Fighter of the Week award.
Plant walked into the ring as about a 6-1 underdog, Canelo was the undisputed pound for pound king of the sport and was looking to capture Plant’s IBF gold and become the undisputed 168-pound world champion. After several even rounds in the early going that saw Plant working behind a quick and snappy jab and being defensively responsible. Canelo began to break him down. Landing thudding body shots landing 55 total power shots to Plants 13. Those power shots really started to take their toll as Plant, who was circling and moving forward at times, went into pure defensive mode going backward and more trying to run out the clock than he was trying to hurt his opponent. That’s when Canelo sized the moment early in the 11th round of a fight many spectators thought, was very much in the balance Canelo bum-rushed Plant scoring with a vicious left hook followed by a right that planted Sweet Hands on the canvas for the first time in his career. Planet stumbled to his feet and somehow fought on. Alvarez scored with two massive uppercuts dropping Plant a second time. Referee Russell Mora stopped the contest at 1 minute and 5 seconds into the eleventh as the crowd erupted in cheers. Despite most fans having the fight very close two of the three judges had Alvarez up wide 98-92, 97-93 and only Patricia Morse Jarman had it a more reasonable 96-94 in favor of Canelo.
Canelo is in a position to call out whoever he wants. He’s the kingpin he calls the shots and can fight who he wants. He has a two-fight deal, one remaining, with PBC. David Benavidez and Jermall Charlo are the two likely opponents. Luckily for boxing fans, Benavidez has a homecoming date this Saturday against Kyrone Davis. The fight will act as an audition to woo Canelo into a fight. Luckily for Benavidez Canelo doesn’t plan on fighting again till May, assuming he will fight on his typical “Cinco de Mayo” weekend that bodes well for Benavidez as well. A Cinco de Mayo showdown between Mexican Icon Canelo and Mexican-American fan-favorite and budding superstar David Benavidez would be a hot ticket and is likely the next fight for each man. If that can’t be made Charlo seems like the likely option. Canelo draws extraordinary well in Charlo’s home state of Texas and fought there this past May. Making either Texas or Vegas an attractive landing spot for the fight.