Canelo Alvarez made history becomes first undisputed-M-W champion - Sports history


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Sunday, November 7, 2021

Canelo Alvarez made history becomes first undisputed-M-W champion

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez beats Caleb Plant, becomes first Mexican to Makes boxing history.

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 KOs) became the first undisputed super middleweight champion in the division's history Saturday night, defeating Caleb Plant (21-1, 12 KOs) by 11th-round technical knockout in front of a sellout crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The 31-year-old knocked out Plant in the 11th round to unify all four major belts in fewer than 12 months.

Mexican Alvarez added Plant's IBF belt to the WBA Super, WBC and WBO ones he already held.

The win for Alvarez means he becomes the first Mexican and only the sixth fighter since the WBO began sanctioning world-title fights in 1988 to hold all four belts from the separate governing bodies at the same time.

He knocked the American down twice in the 11th - first with a left hook and then followed it with a right uppercut.

Although Plant got up, the punches had taken their toll and Alvarez went on the attack again to finish the fight with one minute and five seconds of the round remaining.

Alvarez said Plant, 29, wanted to keep going but he told him he should stop.

He had claimed the WBA Super and WBC titles when he defeated Callum Smith in December 2020 and followed that up with a defence against Avni Yildirim in February before overcoming Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO honour.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Caleb Plant fight card, Results

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez def. Caleb Plant via 11th round TKO for WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO super middleweight championships (1:05)

Anthony Dirrell def. Marcos Hernandez via 4th round TKO (:22)

Rey Vargas def. Leonardo Baez via unanimous decision (99-91, 100-90 & 100-90)

Elvis Rodriguez def. Juan Pablo Romero via 5th round KO (2:59)


Courtesy to BBC Sports

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