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Canelo Alvarez vs Caleb Plant: Sweethands in too deep

Stadium: MGM Grand Garden Arena

TV: BT Sport Box Office

Caleb Plant has shown Canelo Alvarez little respect in the build-up to this weekend’s clash and could be made to pay for that brashness in Las Vegas.

The winner will be crowned as the undisputed super-middleweight champion of the world and Canelo is a hot favourite to prevail.

An explosive encounter is on the cards and 8/15 for the Mexican superstar to get the job done inside the distance is our first Canelo Alvarez vs Caleb Plant prediction.

A Look At Canelo Alvarez’s Betting Odds

Canelo has only suffered one defeat in 59 fights and that was when outpointed by the great Floyd Mayweather over eight years ago.

Alvarez had a couple of close encounters with Gennady Golovkin at middleweight in 2017 and 2018 but has proven a class apart from his rivals since moving up to 168lbs.

He was taken the full 12 rounds by England’s Callum Smith but claimed the WBA and WBC titles by a wide margin on the judges’ scorecards.

Those belts were retained when Avni Yildirim’s corner threw in the towel after three rounds and Billy Joe Saunders then surrendered his WBO crown when retiring at the end of the eighth.

Canelo will be fired up for another stoppage after claiming Plant insulted his mother at a pre-fight press conference which ended in a brawl.

Looking at the 11/5 for the favourite to oblige in rounds five to eight this time.

A Look At Caleb Plant’s Betting Odds

Plant was a Golden Gloves winner at light-heavyweight as an amateur and will have a sizeable height and reach advantage here.

The 29-year-old, from Tennessee, has a perfect 21-0 record in the paid ranks and puts his IBF title on the line.

He outpointed Jose Uzcategui of Venezuela to secure that belt in January 2019 and has come through three defences.

Mike Lee was stopped in three rounds, Vincent Feigenbutz went in the 10th and Caleb Truax was brushed aside 120-108 on all three cards earlier this year.

Plant has a sound technique and is good on his feet, so there is a chance he could trouble Canelo if keeping this fight at long range.

However, this represents a huge step up in class for the American, with Alvarez rated the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet currently active.

The Mexican’s body shots have always been a major weapon and 9/1 for him to wear down Sweethands in round seven completes our Canelo Alvarez vs Caleb Plant betting tips.

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