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The destructive power of the fighter’s blows Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez allowed him this Saturday to become the first Mexican to achieve the unification of titles by being the new “king” of the super middleweight after beat American Caleb Plant by TKO in the eleventh round.
“I am proud to make history and I dedicate it to Mexico and to all the fans that have supported me.“Alvarez declared as soon as the 12-round fight was concluded that was held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, with a packed crowd and massive support for the unified champion.
With a destructive barrage of power shots in the closing minutes of a difficult fight, the 31-year-old Álvarez added another achievement to his overflowing list of boxing successes, which this time also left him with a super-million dollar purse of 40 million. $ 10 guaranteed for Plant.
The pound-for-pound Mexican superstar is the undisputed super middleweight champion of the world with all four major titles in his possession.
Álvarez became the first 168-pound four-belt world champion in boxing history. and left his mark at 57-1-2, 39 KOs, after adding the International Boxing Federation (IBF) title held by the 29-year-old Plant.
The Mexican champion joined the title to those he already held from the World Boxing Council (WBC), the World Association (WBA) and the World Organization (WBO) and did so thanks to a constant tactical performance that culminated in a demonstration of his boasted power to finish the previously undefeated Plant (21-1, 12 KOs).
“It means a lot to me, to the history of Mexico, to be an undisputed championÁlvarez stressed. “My respect for Caleb Plant. He is a very difficult fighter with a lot of skill ”. Álvarez highlighted Plant’s attitude of wanting to continue in the fight despite the punishment he had received and acknowledged that this makes him great as a professional and a boxer.
Canelo offered his respect to Plant
“We are men in the end. I wanted to continue. We had a great fight today‘”Said Álvarez, who had dominated the first six rounds, then gave up the next three, but in the tenth he emerged again with his best boxing and punching power that ultimately defined his historic triumph.
Plant, who collected the best bag of his career, was taken to the University of Nevada Las Vegas Medical Center for observation, according to a spokesman for the company promoting the fight.
When the referee of the fight, Russell Mora, decided to stop it 35 minutes into the eleventh round after the second fall to the canvas suffered by Plant, the three judges of the fight had Álvarez up on the cards with scores of 96-94 , 98-92 and 97-93, respectively.
“It was making things a bit difficult for me, but my coach Eddy (Reynoso) told me: ‘Let’s continue with the game plan in the last two rounds that we have left.‘Álvarez explained. “And in the end, I caught it. That was the way it had to end. He was already wounded and I went to kill“.
As for Álvarez’s future, the Mexican fighter said it was time to rest in order to see what the schedule may be for next year.
Meanwhile, it’s less clear where Plant is headed after the first loss of his career. He won the title with a controversial decision victory over Venezuelan José Uzcategui in January 2019 and defended it three times.
The fight with Álvarez was a qualitative leap in the competition he had had so far. He did well at the beginning of the fight, but in the end, Álvarez surpassed him and now he must rethink his future.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.