Where does Tyson Fury’s win leave the world heavyweight scene?
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Canelo Alvarez is targeting more titles and more history to enhance his prestigious boxing legacy when he bids to become the first-ever undisputed super-middleweight world champion on Saturday night in Las Vegas against Caleb Plant. The Mexican will table his WBC, WBA and WBO straps in a bid to win Plant’s IBF title when the pair go to war at the MGM Grand.
There has already been plenty of needle between the two fighters ahead of this weekend’s highly-anticipated contest.
The fighters traded blows on stage at September’s press conference in Beverly Hills as a right hand from Canelo drew blood just under Plant’s eye.
‘Sweet Hands’ has a scar to show for the melee as he looks to carry out his revenge in the ring and cause one of the biggest upsets in modern boxing history.
Plant is no mug to his credit, boasting a record of 21-0 and four successful world title defences since winning the red strap in January 2019 against Jose Uzcategui in Los Angeles.
But he will have to turn in, without doubt, his best ever career performance if he is to pull this off against the pound-for-pound king Canelo.
The 31-year-old has lost just once in 59 professional outings, winning seven consecutive fights since his controversial draw with Gennady Golovkin at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in 2017.
Canelo successfully stopped Billy Joe Saunders last time out in Dallas, Texas when he shattered the Brit’s eye socket in the eighth round of a pulsating contest.
Many are expecting Canelo to close the show again this time around against Plant before potentially moving back up to light-heavyweight where the likes of Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol await him.
Express Sport has all the important details below…
Las Vegas, Nevada
Canelo Alvarez vs Caleb Plant – for WBA (Super), WBC, WBO, IBF and The Ring super middleweight titles
Elvis Rodriguez vs Juan Pablo Romero
Rey Vargas vs Leonardo Baez
Anthony Dirrell vs Marcos Hernandez
Jose Manuel Gomez vs Jose Antonio Meza
Joselito Velazquez vs Gilberto Mendoza
Rances Barthelemy vs Gustavo David Vittori
Jan Salvatierra vs Fernando Diaz
Zach Parker vs Marcus Morrison – for WBO International super-middleweight title
Nathan Heaney vs Sladan Janjanin – for IBO International middleweight Title
Denzel Bentley vs Sam Evans
Eithan James vs Stu Greener
Ryan Garner vs Pedro Manuel Gomes
Dylan Moran vs TBA
William Hayden vs Lee Connelly
Andrew Cain vs Uriel Lopez
Raheem Muhammad vs Reiss Taylor
Macauley Owen vs Constantin Radoi
Live Streams and Fight Times
Canelo versus Plant is being shown as a pay-per-view event on BT Sport in the UK at the cost of £19.95.
The main event is expected to get underway around 5am but as always that is subject to delays.
If you’re waking up for the bout, we recommend setting your alarm for 4am to check on proceedings.
To whet your appetite, you can watch Zach Parker’s super-middleweight showdown with Marcus Morrison on BT Sport 1 on Saturday evening, which is expected to get underway atoner 7:45pm.
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