Caleb Plant is taken to hospital after being KNOCKED OUT by Canelo Alvarez, who handed the American the first defeat of his career as he became undisputed super middleweight champion
- Caleb Plant has gone to hospital after his defeat to Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas
- The American was knocked out in the 11th round against the all-time great
- Canelo became the first undisputed super middleweight champion with the win
- He is also the first undisputed champion across any weight from Mexico
Caleb Plant has been taken to hospital following his damaging 11th-round stoppage defeat to Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas.
The American relinquished his IBF strap after referee Russel Mora called an end to the contest following two heavy knockdowns in the penultimate round, as Plant fell to the first defeat of his professional career.
Canelo made history with the latest of his ever-growing collection of accomplishments, becoming the first-ever undisputed super middleweight champion in history – and the first-ever undisputed champion across any weight from Mexico.
Plant swiftly departed the ring and did not conduct a post-fight interview following the defeat, with a PBC spokesperson informing that the 29-year-old was taken to hospital for an ‘observation’, as reported by ESPN.
Caleb Plant has been taken to hospital after his 11th-round stoppage loss to Canelo Alvarez
Canelo became the first-ever undisputed super middleweight champion with the victory
There was animosity in abundance prior to the opening bell, after the pair clashed at their September press conference with Plant exiting the stage with a nasty cut following an exchange of punches.
The previously undefeated American is known for his tight defence, movement and work behind the jab, a combination with the potential of causing Canelo some problems, as seen during his sole defeat to Floyd Mayweather, alongside wins over Erislandy Lara and Billy Joe Saunders.
Indeed, Plant did have flashes of success and Canelo was made to work for his 57th career victory, but overall it was a largely one-sided contest, with the Mexican pushing the pace throughout.
As we’ve seen on numerous occasions throughout his career, Canelo broke his opponent down with purpose, before finally making the breakthrough late on in the contest, knocking Plant to the canvas twice in the 11th.
The judges unanimously had Canelo winning at the time of the stoppage, with scores of 96-94, 98-92 and 97-93.
Canelo typically put the pressure on as he slowly but surely broke the American down
Plant was finally floored in the 11th round, before referee Russel Mora stopped the fight
Canelo, who became just the sixth champion to hold every title in a division in the four-belt era, revealed Plant apologised for the pre-fight antics after the final bell.
‘Definitely my respect for Caleb Plant, he’s a very difficult fighter, he had a lot of ability,’ said Canelo. ‘I do respect the fighter.
‘He wanted to still fight me, he wanted to still continue. I told him, “There’s no shame, we had a great fight today.”
‘He did say sorry, that he didn’t mean it that way. Everything is okay.’
Canelo also admitted that the American was making the fight difficult for him, but praised the words of his coach Eddy Reynoso.
He said: ‘He (Plant) was making it a little difficult, but Eddy told me to stick with the game-plan, the last two rounds, and at the end I got him.’
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