Betting Preview: Caleb Plant primed to go the distance against Canelo

Saul Alvarez will look to become the first undisputed super middleweight world champion in boxing history when he takes on the previously unbeaten Caleb Plant in November.

November's showdown between Caleb Plant and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez could well be determined by whether speed can overcome power.

There's no doubt who holds the greater power with Mexican Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KO) regarded as the world's pound-for-pound king.

His punching power has been apparent in his recent fights with British pair Callum Smith and last time out against Billy Joe Saunders.

Both sustained injuries from the heavy hitting Mexican, which ultimately cost them.

UK fans can expect the main event to get under way at around 5am on Sunday morning.

Canelo vs Callum Smith

Smith was beaten in December 2019 by a unanimous decision. The fight was one sided with the scorecards (119-109, 119-109, 117-111) reflecting Alvarez's dominance.

Liverpool-born Smith though did well to see out the 12 rounds given the bicep tear he sustained early in the fight. It left Smith unable to throw anything of any note with his left hand. And the 31-year-old took the fight away from the previously unbeaten British super middleweight.

Saunders put up a better show in May this year, but he was also badly injured in the eighth round.

Canelo v Saunders

So much so that his trainer Mark Tibbs refused to send him out for the ninth round. A vicious right uppercut landed doing Saunders' right eye some real damage.

It was a power shot that Alvarez is renowned for and Saunders said afterwards his "eye had dropped down beneath my lid".

"I could see like two or three all the time and I realised after 30 seconds it wasn't my legs, it was my eye," said the previously unbeaten Brit.

That power makes Alvarez the heavy favourite, but Tennesse-born Plant might just be able to make his older opponent miss.

Plant, speaking on the Pacquiao-Ugas pay-per-view fight last month, said: "I just gotta go out there and be myself.

Plant: I have the tools

"I feel like I've got every tool in the bag to make that happen. My downfall would be going out there and doing anything but being myself."

Plant, 29, though might just have to get on his bike, more so than he has ever done before. He will hold a height and reach advantage and his mobility could be one of his best weapons.

While Plant is far less experienced than his opponent, he does possess lightning speed.

His speedy combinations were far too good for Caleb Truax (Jan 2021) and Vincent Feigenbutz (Feb 2020). His fight prior to that was a total mis-match against former all-conference linebacker Mike Lee, who spent more time on the canvas than he did on his feet.

That fight will be a world apart from the power shots that Alvarez will throw. But if Plant can evade those punches and get his own jab working well, then he may well last the distance.

Canelo v Mayweather

Alvarez's only blot on his copybook is defeat to the legendary Floyd Mayweather Junior in September 2013.

Alvarez admitted afterwards he simply could not land anything on the US slickster. And Plant will have to be just as evasive if he is to hang around long enough to score with his combinations.

It's a big ask from Plant, who is stepping up markedly in class, but if he can stop Alvarez closing the gap and getting to work then he could get some joy on the scorecards.

Whether or not he will land enough powerful shots to convince the judges remains to be seen, but he's capable of going the distance.

When is it?

The 12-round super middleweight title fight will take place on Saturday, November 6.

Where is it?

The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

What's on the line?

Canelo's WBA (Super), WBC, WBO, and The Ring super middleweight titles and Plant's IBF super middleweight title.

The first undisputed super middleweight world champion in boxing history will be decided.

Where can I watch it?

The UK TV rights have not been confirmed yet, but the fight is expected to be available to stream on the DAZN streaming service in the UK.

It will be shown on FOX PPV in the USA.

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