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Canelo Álvarez knocks out Caleb Plant in 11th round


Canelo Álvarez stopped Caleb Plant to unify all four titles at 168 pounds.

By Morgan Campbell


Sául Álvarez promised a knockout, and less than a minute into Round 11 of his super middleweight title fight against Caleb Plant, he delivered.


Álvarez, a 31-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, who is known as Canelo, landed a series of heavy blows — an uppercut, a left hook and several right hands — and Plant crumbled. He went down once, rose to resume fighting, and then went down again under heavy fire. The second time, he stayed down as referee Russell Mora waved the fight off, and the sellout crowd of 16,586 spectators at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas erupted in celebration.


Álvarez entered Saturday with titles from three major sanctioning bodies — the World Boxing Association, the World Boxing Council and the World Boxing Organization. With the win, he picked up the International Boxing Federation title and became the 168-pound division’s undisputed champion, a rare distinction in modern boxing. Pro boxing has 17 weight classes, but the only undisputed champions are Álvarez and Josh Taylor, who holds four titles at 140 pounds.


“To become the first Mexican unified champion means a lot to me,” said Álvarez, who is now 57-1-2. “That makes me happy. It motivates me.”


With the loss, Plant drops to 21-1. He first won the IBF title in January 2019 with an upset victory over José Uzcátegui of Venezuela.


Here are the full results from the Álvarez-Plant card:


Main card

Canelo Álvarez defeats Caleb Plant via TKO in the 11th round

Anthony Dirrell defeats Marcos Hernández via TKO in the fourth round.

Rey Vargas defeats Leonardo Báez via unanimous decision (10 rounds).

Elvis Rodríguez defeats Juan Pablo Romero via KO in the fifth round.


Prelims

Joselito Velázquez defeats Gilberto Mendoza via unanimous decision (eight rounds).

Fernando Díaz defeats Jan Salvatierra via KO in the fifth round.

José Meza defeats José Gómez via unanimous decision (eight rounds).

Rances Barthelemy defeats Gustavo David Vittori via TKO in the second round.