It was yet another slow start for Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez, but boy, did he pack on extra sauce on the finish.
Alvarez used a tremendous 11th round in which he scored two knockdowns to take a TKO victory over Caleb Plant at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday night.
Alvarez used a flush left hook and a right uppercut to knock Plant down for the first time in his career. Plant tried to shake off the cobwebs but was still shaken when Alvarez stormed back and used follow up punches to knock Plant down again for good. Referee Russell Mora waved off the fight at 45 seconds.
MMA Crossfire had it 98-92 for Canelo until the 11th round.
The win solidified Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 KOs) as the first Mexican born undisputed champion.
Plant (21-1-0, 12 KOs) suffered his first defeat and lost his IBF belt in the process.
Early on, Plant made it look like he would give Alvarez a challenge, using his defence to avoid key Alvarez body shots and left hooks, occasionally landing some of his own.
Canelo over powered Plant, landing the harder punches all fight (102-59 edge in power landed). 53 of his 117 landed punches were body shots. Plant threw 232 jabs, but landed just 18%. #CaneloPlant pic.twitter.com/900Ds5hYai
— CompuBox (@CompuBox) November 7, 2021
Plant’s best round was the third round, where he not only avoided the shots of Alvarez, but doubled and tripled his jab to make Canelo pay. However, Alvarez started to take charge and use pressure after about the fourth round, landing some big shots to discourage Plant from trying to counter.
It was obvious that Alvarez was using the early rounds to figure out the timing and strategy of Plant, something that Plant was not able to fully take advantage of.