How to play Alvarez’s quest for undisputed title

LAS VEGAS — Caleb Plant states all the ideal things. Hell, he does all the ideal things. He looks the part.

In Spite Of all that, there doesn’t appear to be a method he can discover to beat Canelo Alvarez when they satisfy Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the indisputable very middleweight title.

If we talk in college football terms, Alvarez has Alabama, Georgia, Cincinnati and Oklahoma on his résumé. Plant has UNLV, Kansas, Tulane and Slippery Rock on his. It’s no contest.

Nobody I have actually talked to offers Plant even a snowball’s possibility of winning.

BetMGM has Alvarez as a -900 preferred, with Plant at +500. Alvarez is -190 to win by KO/TKO.

Plant definitely is not inefficient. Rocky Fielding, whom Alvarez beat for a secondary very middleweight title in 2018, was inefficient. Plant is a strong, expert fighter.

The issue is, he’s in with an all-time excellent. Alvarez might be the best Mexican-born fighter ever, and if he’s not there yet, he has a possibility to reach that exalted status prior to he leaves.

Alvarez has actually combated the very best of the very best in whatever weight class he’s remained in, never ever ducking anybody and looking for difficulties at every turn. Plant’s greatest win protested Jose Uzcategui. Just major, hardcore boxing fans understand much about Uzcategui.

Alvarez has actually remained in with elite opposition like Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto, Gennadiy Golovkin and more. His only loss pertained to Mayweather in a very welterweight battle.

He’s a penalizing body puncher, a significantly underrated protector and he has among the very best chins in the video game. He remained in there for 24 rounds with Golovkin and never ever even wobbled.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 21:  (L-R) Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant during a face-off before a press conference ahead of their super middleweight fight on November 6 at The Beverly Hilton on September 21, 2021 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant throughout a press conference on Sept. 21, 2021, in Beverly Hills, California, ahead of their battle on Saturday. (Picture by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Plant has excellent speed and above-average footwork, and he’d be a test for any other very middleweight. Look, however, at what Alvarez did to other very middleweights:

He frightened then-unbeaten Callum Smith and severely mauled him, winning 11 of 12 rounds on 2 scorecards. He made Billy Joe Saunders stopped on the stool. And yeah, while Fielding was a joke as a champ, Alvarez dealt with him as such, dropping him 4 times and stopping him in the 3rd.

There appears nearly no other way that Plant wins this battle. So that implies we need to take a look at how and when Alvarez wins in order to get a bet down, since laying $900 to win $100 is nearly as bad as guzzling castor oil (look it up).

He’s -190 to win by KO/TKO and you can get him at +450 if you wish to wager him to win by KO/TKO in the very first 4 rounds.

Alvarez is +2500 to end up the battle in the preliminary and +2000 to complete it in the 12th. Plant is +12500 to win by KO/TKO in the very first and is the very same to win that method in the 12th.

I see Alvarez stopping Plant in the center rounds, someplace from 6 to 9, so as appealing as it is to get Alvarez at +450, it’s going to be difficult for him to win within 4.

So I’ll just play Alvarez to win by KO/TKO and put 2 systems on it at -190, intending to make a $200 earnings.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.