Nov 6, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Canelo Alvarez enters the ring to face Caleb Plant in their undisputed super middleweight world championship boxing match at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
November 7, 2021
(Reuters) – Saul “Canelo” Alvarez became the undisputed super-middleweight champion after knocking out Caleb Plant in the 11th round of their bout in Las Vegas on Saturday to unify the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO belts.
Alvarez, 31, came into the fight holding three 168-pound titles (WBC, WBA and WBO) while 29-year-old American Plant owned the IBF title.
After the Mexican’s left hook floored Plant, the American managed to beat the count and get back on his feet – only to be pummelled by a flurry of punches before he hit the canvas again and the referee stopped the fight.
“I want to thank everybody here tonight,” Alvarez, wearing a golden crown and holding all four belts, said in a post-fight interview in the ring as a raucous crowd of over 16,500 fans rose to their feet.
“It hasn’t been easy to get to this point, but with your support my family, my team – we’ve gotten really far. This is for everybody, especially from Mexico. It’s another one for our team. We did it tonight.”
Alvarez is the first Mexican and the sixth fighter overall to hold all four belts.
When asked if he had plans to move up a weight class to 175 pounds, Alvarez said: “We don’t know. We want a rest, we need the rest we deserve.”
(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard)