Caleb Plant Attempting To Grow From Canelo Stoppage Defeat: “You Just Gotta Be Honest With Yourself”

Boxing Scene

Heading into his super middleweight showdown against Canelo Alvarez, Caleb Plant was steadfast in his belief that he was simply 12 rounds away from obtaining undisputed glory.

Both Plant and Alvarez officially locked horns in the center of the ring on November 6th, 2021, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada. While the newly turned 30-year-old fought with confidence and gusto, he was eventually overwhelmed by Alvarez’s relentless pressure. In the 11th round, in particular, a visibly exhausted Plant withered against the ropes as Alvarez violently ended his night.

Initially, Plant (21-1, 12 KOs) was stupefied by the end result. However, after taking the time to process what went wrong, the former IBF super middleweight titlist is refusing to blame his shortcomings on his training schedule, or any other extraneous factors. Instead, Plant reveals that he took a long and hard look in the mirror while also tipping his cap in the direction of Alvarez.

“It just takes being self-aware and being honest with yourself,” said Plant during an interview with “A loss is a loss. You just gotta be honest with yourself. I came to win. I didn’t come to just hand my belt over.”

Despite his dogged and determined demeanor, Plant has learned to come to grips with the first loss of his career. Now, the Nashville, Tennessee, native is attempting to move forward. In what will be his first appearance since his meeting against Alvarez, Plant is set to take on former two-time super middleweight champion, Anthony Dirrell, on October 15th, in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

As the title hopeful inches his way back to prominence, he appears unbothered by Dirrell’s brazen trash talk surrounding his knockout defeat. In Plant’s eyes, some of the best fighters to ever lace up a pair of gloves have been on the wrong end of embarrassing losses.

“There’s been tons of great champions who have been knocked out, Tommy Hearns, Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Muhammad Ali, the list goes on and on of great champions who have been stopped by other great fighters. And you know, Canelo is obviously a great fighter.” 

Products You May Like

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *