Caleb Plant: Beating Canelo will put my name in the history books

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Caleb Plant is just weeks away from his huge clash with Canelo Alvarez, where the winner will emerge as the undisputed super middleweight champion – the first in divisional history.

The promotion got off to a flying start a few weeks ago when the two threw hands on each other during their official announcement press conference. Plant ended up with a cut – a scratch, really – under his eye.

Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) was emotional at the time, but says he’s now locked up and focused on his training, not dwelling on the dust.

“I don’t think I need to be any more motivated than I already am to fight for the undisputed super middleweight championship of the world. It’s a fight we both obviously want to win. Maybe Canelo’s emotions boiled over at the press conference and I reacted These things happen.

But while Plant is willing to play it down, coach Justin Gamber admits it gave him extra motivation.

“I was surprised by what happened at the press conference,” he added. “If anything, it made it more personal. It was always important to beat him, but now I have a bit more chip on my shoulder.

Plant, 29, is the primary underdog against Canelo (56-1-2, 38 KOs), but remains genuinely confident of his chances of shocking the world.

“I believe there are a handful of things I’m better at than Canelo in the ring,” he said. “But the only way to find out is to log in on November 6. No matter what I say right now, people aren’t going to believe me anyway. I’d rather show you than tell you.

“I’ve only had 21 fights as a professional, but a lot of those fights have been on the big stage. I have been fighting at a high level for a long time and I have a lot of experience under my belt. All of this will help me on fight night.

“I know this is the biggest fight I’ve had so far in my career, and that’s the goal, to keep moving forward. I want every fight to be bigger than the last fight. It’s not something I haven’t asked for, I want it and I feel like I’m ready for it.

Gamber has complete respect for Canelo, but thinks Plant is ready to beat him, feeling they have the upper hand on Alvarez’s weaknesses.

“Caleb will be 110% ready on November 6. Trust me when I say there isn’t a fighter on the face of the earth who doesn’t have weaknesses,” he said. “Canelo is where he is because he has earned his place. He is a great fighter, but he is not a perfect fighter. He has weaknesses and we will exploit them.

“I know people overlook Caleb. It’s perfect for us. Caleb is like me, because throughout our lives, when someone told us we couldn’t do something, we like to prove them wrong. It motivates us even more.

For Plant, obviously, this is the biggest fight of his career. It may still be the case, but a victory will give him the chance to have even more. But for a pure inheritance, it may never grow.

“To be unchallenged will cement my name in the boxing history books forever,” he said. “That’s why I’m doing this. That’s what I wanted to accomplish when I started boxing.

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