Although it was quite ugly to build in this super middleweight united war Canelo Alvarez and Caleb factories On Saturday night in Las Vegas, the battle week that started on Monday was the same for both players. As the first bell got closer, Alvarez and Plante showed great restraint in chasing each other and focusing on the task at hand.
Plant (21-0, 12 KO) at the last press conference on Wednesday, even when asked about the scuffle between the two in September, said “When we do this, the media will do more”. Left eye. A native of Ashland, Tennessee, also quickly added, “We have all experienced more serious melee than that. When the bell rang, the situation was completely different.”
This weekend, the bell in the MGM Grand Garden Arena finally rang (Showtime PPV, 9pm EST) Any lingering talk of resentment will be replaced by history, because this 168-pound division was crowned with Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) as its first four-belt without The controversial champion hopes to continue his record book.
Alvarez has won three of the four recognized championship titles with a weight of 160 pounds, and if he succeeds on Saturday night, he will focus on greater challenges. The Mexican superstar plans to upgrade to the light heavyweight class to challenge the 175-pound belt of Artur Betbyev or Dmitry Bivor. But first, he must pass the final test of 168 after defeating Callum Smith, Avni Yilidirim and Billy Joe Saunders within 12 months. Meanwhile, Plante won the IBF belt in 2018, defeated Jose Uzcategui, and defended his title three times.
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“Our goal is to become the greatest player in history,” Alvarez said. “I am very proud of the journey I have taken to achieve this goal. I will not stop until I try my best to achieve this goal. There is only one thing in my mind, and that is victory. Everything else is not in my mind. Within control. I only care about what happens in the ring on Saturday night.”
The 29-year-old Plant will bring elite hand and foot speed to this game and an aggressive style for a fighter who is not known for single-stroke knocking out artists. His mental toughness has always been a focus of the pre-match narrative, as he promised to keep it all in the ring in the biggest match of his career.
“Before this battle, Carneiro said that the Mexicans would not mess around,” Plante said. “It’s nice to know that because where I’m from, we’re not nearby. I have to do the work in any necessary way. This is the point of work that my team and I have done so far. Whether it’s boxing or life, I’m Get here any way necessary. I have a chance to bow, but I don’t. I just can’t wait for the bell to ring on Saturday.”
Although Alvarez respects the skills that Plante brings, his team must have a feeling of “being there and done it”, do they believe that the fighter known as “sweetheart” has the necessary experience or level of danger. The best Alvarez.
“We respect and admire Caleb Plant’s professional ethics. But in the end, we get better and we will show it on Saturday night,” said Alvarez coach and manager Eddy Reynoso. “I don’t focus on the opponent. I focus on what my fighters can do.”
Alvarez even said that Plante has a “style he has seen before, and I know how to do it”. However, when reminded of how difficult it is to make a decision on Alvaré and how many times the judge has rewarded him with the benefit of doubt, Plante said he was not worried.
“I think the result of this battle is that Jimmy Lennon Jr. said’the new one is undisputed and still undefeated’,” Plante said. “Carneiro has had many close quarters fights, but I believe the right people are in place to make the right decisions on Saturday night. All I can focus on is the game plan and the work that needs to be done.
“People will say what they want to say. But I have the final say. I can’t wait to prove everything in the ring. I can’t focus on what other people say about me. If I listen to the doubters, I won’t even be in here.”
Below are the latest battle cards and predictions for the main events on Saturday night.
Battle card, odds
Odds for betting on Caesars Sports
- Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (c) -900 vs. Caleb Plant (c) +600, WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO Super Middleweight Championship
- Elvis Rodriguez -195 vs. Juan Pablo Romero +165, welterweight
- Rey Vargas -1500 vs. Leonardo Baez +850, featherweight
- Anthony Dirrell -420 vs. Marcos Hernandez +330, super middleweight
Sometimes, those fighters who have shown potential talents do not fully show their best performance so far, until they are forcibly eliminated by the same great fighters. Tyson Fury’s breakthrough upset against Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 is a good example, and it may eventually become Plant’s situation.
In terms of style, Plant does have the exact skills that people want to try and play with Alvarez’s perspective. From this perspective, Plant may have the perfect combination of speed, technique and determination to exceed expectations and push Alvarez into a later battle.
But does Plant have the ability to do more and truly win? His lack of power to change the battle hurts his argument, just as this version of Alvarez-he has evolved into a 168-pound destroyer-just shouldn’t be disturbed.
There is a battle inevitability worth seeing, Alvarez will eventually figure out how to calculate Plante’s speed, and when he does, he will start to quickly defeat him with body hooks and various powerful shots. If this adjustment occurs in the first half of the game, as Alvarez did against Billy Joe Sanders in May, the factory is expected to be completed soon.
But if Plante’s speed and his flurry timing can be postponed to the second half of the battle, he may still have a chance. Although, to be fair, this is also where the reality of their previous press conferences may bear fruit.
Although Plante’s mental resilience played a huge role in his willingness to accept such a big challenge and believe in himself, there is only a fine line between bravery and recklessness. The typical demure Alvarez has a history of making those who cross him pay in the ring, which is why the shutdown is most likely to be delayed.
Pick: Alvarez passed TKO10
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