Today it is undisputed and unchallenged.
Canelo Alvarez once again proved why he is considered the best fighter in the world by using a brutal body attack to wear down the previously undefeated Caleb Plant and knock him down in the 11th round on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to stop. As a result, Alvarez won the undisputed super middleweight championship and became the first Latino to hold an undisputed crown in the four-belt era.
Alvarez added Plant’s IBF belts to the WBA-WBC-WBO belts he brought to the ring. He swore before the fight that he would beat Plant up and make him pay for comments at a press conference he didn’t like, and that’s exactly what he did.
It was nowhere near the best of Alvarez’s accomplishments, but it was more than enough to take Plant down. Plant tried to keep Alvarez away from him, but Alvarez kept going to the left hook.
It was the blow that finally earned him the fight. He dropped Plant with the left hook and seriously injured him in the 11th round. When Plant got up he stumbled and Alvarez was like a shark with blood in the water.
He dropped him on the ropes a second time with a combination and referee Russell Mora stopped it at 1:05 on the 11th to give Alvarez the win.
That made him only the sixth undisputed champion of the four-belt era, alongside Bernard Hopkins, Jermain Taylor, Terence Crawford, Oleksandr Usyk and Josh Taylor.
“I’m proud to be one of six,” said Alvarez.
He’s the best fighter in the world and nothing seems to stop him from grabbing the undisputed belt now at 175 pounds. He had a crown put on and clearly reveled in the story he had created.
The undisputed crown was the brainchild of his trainer / manager Eddy Reynoso, and Alvarez implemented it perfectly.
“It means so much in Mexican history to be an undisputed champion,” said Alvarez.
Alvarez said Plant made the fight difficult but he stuck with the game plan and it paid off.