After Success Unifying Super Middleweight Division, Canelo Calculates Legacy With Cruiserweight Challenge

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is now contemplating challenging a much bigger man who is the champion at the Cruiserweight weight division in the WBC.

The Canelo legacy keeps rising as the 31 year old Mexican enters his prime and relishes success compounded repeatedly after multiple successful defenses of titles. Most recently, the Mexican has unified the competitive 168lb pound division.

His fanbase is expanding globally, with English speakers placing support behind the ‘face of boxing’ amidst the usual controversies and biases that all combat sports tend to manifest.

The Mexican fanbase too looks on as they toil away at their jobs being the backbone of multiple regional and national economies. Every Canelo fight affirms some of the positive image that exists globally of the Mexican man. At least, that is how most sports watchers interpret the presence of Canelo in media depictions. To talk about this legend in development is to talk about the importance of boxing within the Mexican community. Thus, the moves he makes will define the sport for decades to come.

Early Details On Canelo’s Move To Cruiserweight

According to Michael Benson, Canelo is planning to weigh at 180lbs as he faces Ilunga Makabu, an opponent with a significant weight and height advantage, 200lbs and much taller.

Canelo vs Plant Is Finally Here

Canelo is now set to face his last and potentially most difficult fight for Super Middleweight supremacy: Caleb Plant.

The Super Middleweight unification bout is set to kick off tomorrow at around 6pm PT from Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s at 75 dollars, which is not terrible alongside a decent undercard. Already, Canelo is a four-division world champion but Plant is IBF champion. Whoever wins is the first undisputed super middleweight world champion in boxing history. The stakes can not be higher.

Canelo marks 168lbs vs Plant at 167lbs – fight night rehydration may add 10 pounds, but the muscle density is on Canelo’s side.

Weigh-In For #CaneloPlant.

At 168 pounds, Canelo looked bulky and ready to deliver powerful blows. He made weight spot-on, 168lbs is the Super Middleweight limit, even going as far as to still wear a heavy gold pendant at the scale. For his part, Caleb Plant weighed in at 167 pounds:

The current IBF title holder at 168 pounds looked muscular as well, but thinner and trim as he is over 6ft tall – a bit of a liability when fighting a compact, explosive opponent.Our best guess is that Caleb Plant’s 167lb frame is an indication that he will fight at distance – “run” as some detractors say – during the fight:

Regardless, this looks to be an historic night with one man ready to unify all the belts. Reportedly, Al Haymon and Eddy Reynoso have been planning or open to additional fights.

Resumes Heading In To Fight

Each fighter has a respectable resume, but the best belongs to the current Pound-for-Pound king, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. He has most recently defeated 2 previously unbeaten Super Middleweights and defended his title against a formidable challenger in Avni Yildrim.

With respect to Plant, he does have 4 title defenses with his best win being over Jose Uzcategui. Mike Lee was also a respectable opponent, but one would be hard pressed to compare either one with Billy Joe Saunders or Callum Smith – the two Brits defeated by Alvarez.

Prediction

Canelo must KO Plant because as the PBC fighter, Plant is likely set to get the judges nod. Canelo must realize this and is predicting an 8th round KO. It’s tough to take this type of assertion seriously, with many cautioning other fighters about making such predictions. However, in Canelo’s case, most make an exception.

Personally, my fear is that this fight will be boring, with Plant excessively moving as his track leg physique indicated at the weigh-in. I hope I am wrong, but think I may not be.

Mikey Garcia – A Manny Pacquiao Style Loss

The Sandor Martin upset is reminiscent of the great Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao upset against Jeff Horn.

In Fresno, California, Mikey Garcia delivered a slow and methodical performance against Sandor Martin. For his part, Martin delivered on the expected southpaw style, consistent jab and constant lateral movement – this proved more valuable to the California judges who exhibited a preference for elusive activity. Martin scored the upset and is now heralded as Spain’s hero in the boxing world.

Mikey Garcia vs Sandor Martin on October 16, 2021

Boxing is Fair

There is a silver lining of sorts. In recent boxing memory, this Martin upset is not the first time that a relative unknown pulls off an upset against a fighter backed by a devoted fanbase: Jeff Horn’s win over Pacquiao did little to dull Pacquiao star power or even boxing ability. For different reasons, fans can argue giving Garcia a pass: he has returned (grudgingly) after a 20 month fight layoff.

In Pac’s case, fans reasoned he faced a ‘dirty’ fighter whose style was deemed ungentlemanly and home base of Australia provided an unfair judging hand. In a way, the purists who love ‘pure boxing’ and ‘pure officiating’ can signal to the fight as a fair outcome involving a well known boxing star. Garcia fans simply saw a man closing the distance and another engaged in lateral movement. No one saw an embarrassing loss. It was just a boring fight.

The demand stayed constant despite the loss to Horn. Pac-Man moved on and we saw him fight once more for years going towards a title belt in the same welterweight division. Ultimately, Pacquiao never gave Horn a rematch. Curiously, we observe here that it’s likely Garcia will not go out for a Martin.

It is possible that the loss served a few more ends than just catapulting Sandor Martin onto the radar of boxing fans: validate fair judges. It’s likely that Garcia lost the fight technically, but Martins’ style, evasiveness and jab kept Garcia from connecting more than twice a round on his head.

The Loss From An Unwanted Fight

I doubt there will be a rematch.

Like with Horn, the Mikey Garcia fanbase can turn the page and demand another fight with a more offensive minded opponent. Ultimately, the assertion from Robert Garcia about the fight not being even desired Mikey Garcia echoes the thoughts of many fans: Mikey just did not want this fight. According to Garcia, Mikey only took the fight because of the possibility of Bam Rodriguez receiving a title fight. That title fight did not materialize, with the ‘boxing’ and lateral movement winning the day too. A bad night, but undoubtedly, the fans will be happy with a better fight.

Robert Garcia on Mikey Not Wanting The Martin Fight

Robert Garcia Brutally Honest About Mikey Garcia Fight vs Martin EsNews Boxing – YouTube

Sugar Ray Leonard: ‘Canelo Has My Vote As P4P’

Sugar Ray Leonard – Former 5 Weight Division World Champion

In the Ak & Barak show, Sugar Ray Leonard labeled Canelo as the best pound for pound fighter in the world. Sugar Ray recalled his bouts against Roberto Duran and Marvin ‘Marvelous’ Hagler’s boxing ability. Leonard empathized with Hagler’s inability to tolerate his loss against him. He also praised the abilities of the main names within the lightweight division.

Canelo’s entrance into his bout with Callum Smith in San Antonio, Texas

After a dominating performance against Callum Smith, Canelo Alvarez has continued to garner nearly unanimous praise for his latest performances in multiple weight classes. The distinctive approach of Canelo – refined over an over 15 year career – is to methodically time and counter his opponents, while maintaining elusive head movement, but without fleet footed ‘running’.