We’re just days away from the crowning of the first ever undisputed super-middleweight champion of the world.
This Saturday night WBA, WBC and WBO champion Canelo Alvarez will be facing the IBF king Caleb Plant in a highly anticipated championship bout in Las Vegas.
Even though the American is undefeated, he’s a heavy underdog, going against the pound-for-pound king of boxing right now. The fight was supposed to take place earlier this year, but the initial negotiations fell off because Plant refused to take a smaller check and he had some issues with the suggested timetable of the fight itself.
Now, three days prior to the clash, the 29-year-old Plant is adamant he’ll walk out of MGM Grand Garden Arena victorious.
“I’m in this to win it, I’m in this for the long haul,” said Plant late last year for Boxing News magazine. “I could have taken the fight and things would have happened where nobody would have blinked an eye, but I would have blinked an eye because I would have known that I took the fight for the money.”
“If I walked on water, they’d say I couldn’t swim,” he said.
“There have been some guys who lost before the bell even rang against Canelo,” said Plant at a recent media workout. “I think that’s why he’s so irritated with me. Some guys just come in and are there to hand over their belt, get their check and leave. Anyone who knows me, they know I’m only here for those belts.”
“This is personal for me, but every fight is personal for me,” said Plant. “I’ve sacrificed a lot for this sport and dedicated myself completely, so anybody who’s getting in the way of my goals makes it personal to me. No matter who it is.”
“He says the first few rounds will be tough, but I’m saying all the rounds are going to be tough for him,” said Plant. “He’s got a tall order in front of him.”