Matchups in boxing can often have over-hyped bad blood in a vain attempt to sell a fight, but in the case of the rivalry between Saul Alvarez and Caleb Plant, this one seems more genuine.
The journey to the fight has had its fair share of controversy. Billed as the Road To Undisputedthe fight nearly didn’t even take place thanks to contract disputes.
When the fight was finally announced there was a scuffle at the first face-off, and now the two fighters are involved in a seemingly constant war of words.
The additional hype will have done the profile of the fight no harm, but will it result in a meaningful contest?
Let’s see if we can find out by having a look at the records of both fighters.
Mexican, Saul Alvarez is in the form of his career.
Age – 31
Fights – 59
Wins – 56 (KO -38)
Draws – 2
Defeats – 1
Alvarez is regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and hasn’t tasted defeat since losing on points to the one and only Floyd Mayweather back in September 2013.
To date, this is the only defeat of his career.
In total, Alvarez has had 59 professional fights across a 16-year professional career. Quite a feat when you consider he is only 31 years old (yes, he turned professional at just 15).
In December 2020 Alvarez returned to the super middleweight division – this after years of chopping and changing.
He started off by defeating Callum Smith to take the English fighter’s WBA title and win the vacant WBC belt.
Canelo then overpowered mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim in February of this year. Moving at breakneck speed, he next beat previously undefeated Billy Joe Saunders in May, taking his WBO title in the process.
Put simply, Canelo has bulldozed his way through the super-middleweight division.
The IBF world-title holder has a far less distinguished career than his illustrious opponent.
Age – 29
Fights – 21
Wins – 21 (KO -12)
Draws – 0
Defeats – 0
In fact, considering there are only two years in age difference, Plant’s record isn’t anything near comparable to that of Alveraz.
Going in Plant’s favor is that he is unbeaten. Also, all his fights have been won convincingly, either by unanimous decision, KO or TKO. But that’s about it.
Despite being unbeaten though, Plant’s record is modest. He won the IBF world title against Jose Uzcategui in January 2019. He has defended the belt three times since.
None of the wins have really been against anybody of note.
Alvarez v Plant Betting
Despite the bad blood, this hasn’t influenced the top sportsbooks, who still give the American fighter little chance of victory.
Currently, Caleb is +600 with Bovada to win the biggest fight of his career. As for Alvarez, he is -1000, in what is expected to be a routine night at the office for the Mexican.
I completely expect Alvarez to complete a routine victory against Plant when they meet.
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