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Canelo batters and stops Caleb Plant to become first-ever undisputed super-middleweight champion

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LAS VEGAS — When he decided to move up permanently to 168 pounds, Canelo Alvarez had the goal of becoming the undisputed super-middleweight champion. The only thing standing in his way of accomplishing the historic feat was IBF titlist Caleb Plant. 

It took a little longer than some expected,, but Canelo battered Plant for the bulk of the fight before dropping him early in the 11th round and then putting him away for good with his ferocious power to stop the native of Tennessee at the 1:05 mark of the round to become the first-ever fighter in the four-belt era to become the undisputed champion. Also, Canelo became the first Mexican fighter to accomplish the feat. DAZN News had it scored 98-92 Canelo at the time of the stoppage. 

"It hasn’t been easy to get to this point," Canelo said in his post-fight interview about achieving his goal.

Plant (21-1, 12 KOs) tried to establish the jab at the outset to keep Canelo at a distance so he couldn't come in on the inside. It took Canelo a couple of rounds to figure Plant out and the 31-year-old took control from there. 

He exemplified why he's unquestionably the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world. He mixed up by digging one hard body shot in after another, threw an occasional jab and connecting power shots upstairs. 

The punishment took its toll on Plant as the championship rounds were approaching as he was sitting on his stool in between rounds while Canelo stood up and garnered instructions from head trainer Eddy Reynoso. 

Going into the 11th round, Plant had no answers to the punishment Canelo was dishing out and was only looking to survive at that point. 

A three-punch combination to the body took an effect on Plant as he looked hurt. That slightest bit of weakness showed Canelo the time was now to close the show and send the raucous sellout crowd of 16,586 people inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena home with something to remember.

A left hook wobbled Plant and then a vicious right and left uppercut sent Plant to the canvas for the first time in his career. Plant walked it off by going to his corner and appeared to regain his bearings. Canelo smelled blood in the water. He missed a left hook but he didn't miss with a straight right. The Mexican star followed it up with a left and a straight right to the body to send Plant down one last time. The crowd erupted in jubilation as Canelo ran to the ropes to celebrate.

“Caleb is a good fighter," Canelo said. "I have a lot of respect for Caleb Plant. He was a difficult opponent with a lot of ability and I do respect him. We are both men at the end of the day. He wanted to fight me and still continue. I told him there’s no shame. We had a great fight tonight.

“He was making the fight pretty difficult, but Eddy told me to just stick to the gameplan in the last two rounds. In the end, I got him. That’s the way it had to finish. He was already hurt and I went for the kill.”

Here is what happened at Canelo vs. Plant.

The Canelo vs. Plant fight will not air on DAZN. However, The DAZN Boxing Show will be in Las Vegas during fight week for live episodes, exclusive interviews and more.

Also, the DAZN News website will bring you all the live text updates and results from Canelo-Plant at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night.

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Canelo becomes undisputed super-middleweight champion

Canelo def. Plant via TKO at 1:05 of the eleventh round to become the undisputed super-middleweight champion. 

The beginning of the end started with a flush right hand from Canelo. He followed it up with three-punch combination to the body. Those blows took an effect on Plant as he looked hurt and that's all Canelo needed to see.

A left hook wobbled Plant and then a violent right and left uppercut sent Plant to the canvas. Plant walked it off and appeared to be ok. Not for long. Canelo smelled blood. He missed a left hook. But he didn't miss with a straight right followed by a left, and a straight right to the body sent Plant down one last time and we have the first-ever undisputed super-middleweight champion in the four-belt era.

 

 

Canelo-Plant; Round 10

A three-punch combination from Canelo. A hard right to Plant's side. Another right by Canelo. A stinging left hook by Canelo. A left hook upstairs and a right to the body from Canelo. Plant finds a left to the body but Canelo comes right back with one of his own. (10-9 Canelo, 98-92 Canelo)

Canelo-Plant; Round 9

A left hook lands for Canelo. Plant misses a combination. A right to the body from Canelo. A short right uppercut lands for Canelo. Another hard left hook for Canelo. A right cross from Plant. He needs more of those. A good jab by Plant. A left and right finds Plant's chin. A left to the body and Plant blasts a left of his own. (10-9 Canelo, 88-83 Canelo)

Canelo-Plant; Round 8

Plant starts with a jab. A triple left hook by Canelo. Wow. 

Another left hook upstairs. A hard jab from Plant. He needs more than that because Canelo isn't respecting it whatsoever. A right and a left from Canelo. Both guys miss left hooks. A digging left hook to the body by Canelo. Plant needs to find another game plan because the one he's using isn't working. (10-9 Canelo, 78-74 Canelo)

Canelo-Plant; Round 7

Canelo was standing in between rounds while Plant was sitting on his stool. Something to keep an eye on. 

For some reason, Plant is going back to the jab. A left by Canelo and the crowd roars with approval. Canelo barely misses a right. But he finds a home with the patented left. A right hook for Plant. Canelo is against the ropes daring Plant to hit him and the IBF champion is feinting and not doing anything. A right and a left for Canelo at the bell. (10-9 Canelo, 68-65 Canelo)

Canelo-Plant; Round 6

A combination to begin the sixth from Plant. A double left from Canelo. A digging left to the chest by Alvarez. The turtle shell isn't working for Plant. An uppercut and left lands for Canelo. A straight for Canelo and the crowd is on their feet. A stinging left hook to the head by Canelo. He's getting into a rhythm. Another left hook finds the mark. Plant misses a left. Canelo walk toward Plant to let him know he's in trouble. (10-9 Canelo, 58-56 Canelo)

Canelo-Plant; Round 5

Plant trying to change it up with hooks. But he's hitting gloves and Canelo lands a left. Plant fires off a flush left hook, his best punch of the fight. A left to the body from Canelo. Plant starting to tire a little bit here. (10-9 Plant, 48-47 Canelo)

Canelo-Plant; Round 4

A stinging jab from Canelo. Plant is riding the bicycle and Canelo catches him with a huge right and left. A left to the body from Canelo. The crowd is feeling it. A short right cross by Canelo. An overhand right from Canelo while Plant misses on one of his own. A left to the body. A jab from Plant and Canelo fires off a left hook. Great round from Canelo. (10-9 Canelo, 39-37 Canelo)

Canelo-Plant; Round 3

A left jab gets through Canelo's guard. Canelo misses a right. A right and then a left to the body from Canelo. A straight right narrowly misses from Canelo. A left connects upstairs from Canelo. A left hook catches Plant's attention. Another right and left to the body by Canelo. Plant needs to mix it up. A digging left to the body from Canelo. (10-9 Canelo, 29-28 Canelo)

Canelo-Plant; Round 2

Plant finding a home with that left jab. Alvarez lunges and misses a left. A left to the body lands for Alvarez. A nice left uppercut up the middle from Plant. A left hook upstairs lands for Alvarez. Two straight jabs by Plant but Alvarez comes with two lefts to the body. A left to the body form Plant. A left hook connects for Alvarez. A left to the body, a right hand, another left to the body from Alvarez. He's walking through Plant's jab. (10-9 Canelo, 19-19)

Canelo-Plant; Round 1

Loud "Canelo" chants right off the bat. Plant working the jab early on while Alvarez is processing the information. Alvarez stalking Plant and lands a left. An overhand right misses from Alvarez. Another left jab from Plant. A left to the body from Alvarez. (10-9 Plant)

Here comes Canelo

The WBA (super), WBC and WBO super-middleweight champion makes his way into the arena to a thunderous reaction.

Here comes Caleb Plant

The IBF super-middleweight champion is greeted with chants of chicken in Spanish. 

Time for Canelo vs. Plant

It is time for the main event as Canelo Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) and Caleb Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) lock horns for the undisputed super-middleweight championship. It doesn't get any bigger than this. Here we go. 

Crowd getting lively

Plant shown on the video boards and he's showered with boos. Canelo is shown and the crowd erupts in unison.

It's almost time for Canelo vs. Plant. 

Anthony Dirrell scores vicious KO over Marcos Hernandez

Dirrell def. Hernandez via knockout at 0:22 of the fourth round.

After a lackluster opening three rounds, Dirrell woke the crowd up. They were standing in the middle of the ring when Dirrell wound up and blasted a right uppercut for the ages to send Hernandez to the canvas. Hernandez made it up but was on very wobble legs. That was all the referee needed to see and waved it off. 

A backflip for good measure from Dirrell as he gets a much-needed win. 

Co-main event

It's time for the co-main event as Anthony Dirrell (33-2-2, 24 KOs) meets Marcos Hernandez (15-4-2, 3 KOs) in super-middleweight action.

Dirrell, a former WBC super-middleweight champion, is coming off a stoppage loss to David Benavidez and a draw with Kyrone Davis in his last two fights.

Hernandez is designed to be a punching bag to get Dirrell back on track. Let's see what happens. 

Rey Vargas cruises to decision win

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

It was all Vargas. He could have ended the fight at any time. It's understandable that he wanted to get rounds in the bank since he fought for the first time since July 2019. 

Baez showing a ton of heart

Vargas is up by a wide margin through seven but that hasn't stopped Baez from marching forward and giving it everything he has. Vargas needs to be careful. A desperate fighter is when they are at their most dangerous.

Rey Vargas in control

Through four rounds, and it's all Rey Vargas. He's popping the jab with ease, showing excellent footwork in slipping in and out of shots and working the body well. Baez' left eye is cut and bloody. Shouldn't last too much longer. 

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