Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is going in search of history on Saturday night, as he takes on American Caleb Plant for the title of undisputed super-middleweight champion.
Canelo, boxing’s undoubted No1 pound-for-pound star, currently holds the WBC, WBO and WBA super-middleweight belts, with Plant’s IBF strap the sole item missing in his collection.
The Mexican all-time great embarked on his journey at 168lbs towards the back-end of 2020, defeating Britain’s Callum Smith to claim the WBA and WBC titles.
Canelo has since dismantled Billy Joe Saunders to claim the WBO strap, with the undefeated Plant now standing in his way from eternal glory.
The pair will take to the ring under the famous MGM lights in Las Vegas, with genuine animosity between the pair following their explosive press conference in September, where Plant ended up with a cut following a coming together.
With the intriguing spectacle swiftly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez goes in search of history as he takes on American Caleb Plant for the title of undisputed super-middleweight champion this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada
There is real animosity between the pair after their clash at the September press conference
When is Canelo Alvarez vs Caleb Plant?
The clash between Canelo and Plant is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The pair are expected to walk to the ring at around 4am on Sunday morning for those in the UK, though that will of course depend on results beforehand.
While the main event is most certainly intriguing, the undercard is perhaps lacking somewhat.
Included, however, is former WBC super-middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell against Marcos Hernandez, while Rey Vargas takes on Leonardo Baez.
How to watch the fight
For those in the UK, the fight will be available to watch on BT Sport Box Office at a cost of £19.95.
Following the purchase, fans will also be able to stream the action on BT Sport’s website and app.
BT Sport Box Office is available on Sky at channel 490, while it will be in the live events section on Virgin Media.
Canelo vs Alvarez: The key stats
Canelo defeated Callum Smith (left) and Billy Joe Saunders (right) to claim the WBC, WBA and WBO super-middleweight titles
Height: 5ft 8in
Record: 56W, 1L, 2D
Height: 6ft 1in
Record: 21W, 0L, 0D
Fight card in full
- Canelo Alvarez vs. Caleb Plant for the WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF and Ring Magazine Super-middleweight titles
- Andre Dirrell vs. Marcos Hernandez
- Rey Vargas vs. Leonardo Baez
- Elvis Rodriguez vs. Juan Pablo Romero
What’s been said?
As stated, there is genuine animosity between the two fighters heading into this weekend’s bout.
Plant came out firing when the pair came face-to-face in September, calling Canelo a drugs cheat – referring to his 2018 six-month ban after testing positive for clenbuterol, which the Mexican insists came from contaminated meat.
The American also referred to Oscar Valdez, Canelo’s gym-mate, who received no suspension despite testing positive for a banned substance.
Plant said: ‘You’re going to find out the same time everybody else finds out. And you know when they found out? When it was too late. That’s when they found out, and that’s exactly when you’re going to find out.’
He continued: ‘What the f*** are you going to do? F*** you. And you’re a drug cheat. So tell me something. Oscar Valdez tests positive for something and not get suspended for six months. But he (Canelo) get test positive for something and gets suspended for six months, and somehow he’s not a drug cheat?’
Plant was cut as Canelo countered the American’s attempted strike at the press conference
Canelo has insisted the bout between the two is now personal after Plant’s trash talk
Canelo subsequently pushed Plant as the pair squared off, with the latter swinging and missing with a punch. The Mexican, who slipped the attempted strike, then landed a counter, drawing blood from his soon-to-be opponent.
Canelo has since explained why the match-up has now become so personal.
‘All the talk, all the s*** he says. That’s why (it’s so heated), Canelo said. ‘He crossed the line and maybe too much, that’s why it’s personal. At the same time, it’s one of the most important fights for me.’
He continued: ‘When something is personal with me, it’s different. In my mind I have that special thing. It’s going to be a really good night for us.’
Canelo vs Plant: The odds
With Canelo deemed to be boxing’s pound-for-pound No1 star, it comes as no surprise that he’s the overwhelming favourite to prevail this weekend.
The Mexican is favoured at 1/12 to get the win, while Plant is the underdog at 6/1.
The hard-hitting Canelo will undoubtedly be pushing for a knockout throughout, which is reflected in the odds of 4/7 for a stoppage win. Meanwhile, Canelo to win by a decision is at 15/8.
As for Plant, the bookies deem both a win and a draw equally as unlikely, with odds of 11/1. An unlikely draw is at 25/1.
*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication.