Caleb Plant As Confident As Ever Heading Into Canelo Alvarez Showdown: “I Know I’m Gonna Win This Fight”

By: Hans Themistode Caleb Plant is sitting alone on an island. But he doesn't mind. With the majority of the boxing public viewing the IBF super middleweight champion as a no-hoper in his contest against Canelo Alvarez on November 6th, Plant has decided to tune out the noise. While he acknowledges that defeating Alvarez is a monumental task, the 29-year-old belt holder is as confident as ever. “I know I’m gonna win this fight,” said Plant during an interview with Brian Custer on The Last Stand Podcast. “I’m confident as I’ve ever been.” Despite the fearless attitude of Plant, Alvarez is still pegged as a significant favorite. By and large, the Mexican product is considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, regardless of weight classes. During his recent 168 pound run, Alvarez has taken care of business in dominant fashion. In December of 2020, Alvarez easily outboxed Callum Smith and ultimately stripped him of his WBA world title. In the process, Alvarez also snagged the vacant WBC and Ring Magazine belts. After a quick pitstop against Avni Yildirim in February earlier this year, stopping the journeymen in the third round, Alvarez would take on Billy Joe Saunders. The elusive British product would find moments of success in the early goings. But eventually, Alvarez found the fight-ending blow in the eighth round, finishing off his rival and both stripping him of his WBO title and sending him into retirement. With Plant facing the likes of Mike Lee, Vincent Feigenbutz, and most recently, Caleb Truax - the title reign of Plant has been viewed as somewhat lackluster in comparison. Regardless of the lack of big-time opponents on his resume, Plant is still firmly backing himself in his upcoming showdown against Alvarez. Those who continue to doubt him won’t ruffle his feathers. As long the man in the mirror believes he’ll pull off the improbable victory, that's all that matters. “I don't need you guys to believe. I don't need you guys to support me or root for me. I’ve been doing it my whole life without people doing that. When the bell rings, can't none of y'all get in their for me anyways. I don't need y'all to believe it. The only person that needs to believe it is me.” The post Caleb Plant As Confident As Ever Heading Into Canelo Alvarez Showdown: “I Know I’m Gonna Win This Fight” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Caleb Plant As Confident As Ever Heading Into Canelo Alvarez Showdown: “I Know I’m Gonna Win This Fight”

By: Hans Themistode

Caleb Plant is sitting alone on an island. But he doesn't mind.

With the majority of the boxing public viewing the IBF super middleweight champion as a no-hoper in his contest against Canelo Alvarez on November 6th, Plant has decided to tune out the noise.

While he acknowledges that defeating Alvarez is a monumental task, the 29-year-old belt holder is as confident as ever.

“I know I’m gonna win this fight,” said Plant during an interview with Brian Custer on The Last Stand Podcast. “I’m confident as I’ve ever been.”

Despite the fearless attitude of Plant, Alvarez is still pegged as a significant favorite. By and large, the Mexican product is considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, regardless of weight classes.

During his recent 168 pound run, Alvarez has taken care of business in dominant fashion. In December of 2020, Alvarez easily outboxed Callum Smith and ultimately stripped him of his WBA world title. In the process, Alvarez also snagged the vacant WBC and Ring Magazine belts.

After a quick pitstop against Avni Yildirim in February earlier this year, stopping the journeymen in the third round, Alvarez would take on Billy Joe Saunders. The elusive British product would find moments of success in the early goings. But eventually, Alvarez found the fight-ending blow in the eighth round, finishing off his rival and both stripping him of his WBO title and sending him into retirement.

With Plant facing the likes of Mike Lee, Vincent Feigenbutz, and most recently, Caleb Truax - the title reign of Plant has been viewed as somewhat lackluster in comparison.

Regardless of the lack of big-time opponents on his resume, Plant is still firmly backing himself in his upcoming showdown against Alvarez. Those who continue to doubt him won’t ruffle his feathers. As long the man in the mirror believes he’ll pull off the improbable victory, that's all that matters.

“I don't need you guys to believe. I don't need you guys to support me or root for me. I’ve been doing it my whole life without people doing that. When the bell rings, can't none of y'all get in their for me anyways. I don't need y'all to believe it. The only person that needs to believe it is me.”

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Usyk Breaks The Myth Of The Supersized Heavyweight

By: Sean Crose I remember hearing repeatedly that heavyweights of the past, no matter how great or dominant, simply could not hold up against today's supersized heavies. I recall wondering if the theory of bigger means better was actually true when the supersized, and very skilled, heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko battled Bryant Jennings in 2015. Klitschko certainly got the better of his opponent that night, but I asked myself how well the towering Ukraine would have done against a prime Mike Tyson. I couldn't help conclude that Iron Mike would have been able to get in on his man. The same question of size equaling dominance had popped into my head way back in 2013, as well, when Tyson Fury got dropped hard by the much smaller Steve Cunningham. No matter. The relentless drum beat thumped along for years... Ali, Foreman, Holmes, Louis, and who knows how many others simply couldn't best guys like Klitschko, Anthony Joshua, Fury, Deontay Wilder, and the rest of the supersized gang due to all the inches and pounds they'd have had to give up in order to face these modern day titans. Then came last Saturday's heavyweight throwdown in England and the voices suddenly fell silent. That's when traditionally sized former cruiserweight kingpin Oleksandr Usyk soundly defeated Joshua in gloved combat at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Could "Gentleman Jim" have competed against today's heavies? Joshua, who was defending his WBC, WBA, and IBF heavyweight tiles, certainly didn't fight poorly. Yet he didn't fight well enough. Usyk, simply put, was able to get inside on his man and land - not just land, really, but land effectively. So much for the belief that a large man with skill bests a smaller man with skill. Ultimately, it seems, skill level in and of itself still holds the trump card - or at least it can. Just because bigger fighters can box effectively in a way they historically and generally couldn't (think Jess Willard, Primo Canera, etc...) doesn't mean they have the market cornered at heavyweight in the here and now. Indeed, it's Usyk - who stands under 6'4 - who now holds the majority of the division's titles. Of course none of this means that a 175 pound former heavyweight champion like Jim Corbett could stand much of a chance against a Deontay Wilder. What it means, however, is that super sized heavyweights are not always guaranteed to control the division. The days of some (let's face it, not everyone has believed the supersized theory) declaring any current or former heavyweight under six and a half feet tall is persona non grata is over - at least for the time being. And that's not a bad thing. The post Usyk Breaks The Myth Of The Supersized Heavyweight appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Usyk Breaks The Myth Of The Supersized Heavyweight

By: Sean Crose

I remember hearing repeatedly that heavyweights of the past, no matter how great or dominant, simply could not hold up against today's supersized heavies. I recall wondering if the theory of bigger means better was actually true when the supersized, and very skilled, heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko battled Bryant Jennings in 2015. Klitschko certainly got the better of his opponent that night, but I asked myself how well the towering Ukraine would have done against a prime Mike Tyson. I couldn't help conclude that Iron Mike would have been able to get in on his man.

The same question of size equaling dominance had popped into my head way back in 2013, as well, when Tyson Fury got dropped hard by the much smaller Steve Cunningham. No matter. The relentless drum beat thumped along for years... Ali, Foreman, Holmes, Louis, and who knows how many others simply couldn't best guys like Klitschko, Anthony Joshua, Fury, Deontay Wilder, and the rest of the supersized gang due to all the inches and pounds they'd have had to give up in order to face these modern day titans. Then came last Saturday's heavyweight throwdown in England and the voices suddenly fell silent. That's when traditionally sized former cruiserweight kingpin Oleksandr Usyk soundly defeated Joshua in gloved combat at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Could "Gentleman Jim" have competed against today's heavies?

Joshua, who was defending his WBC, WBA, and IBF heavyweight tiles, certainly didn't fight poorly. Yet he didn't fight well enough. Usyk, simply put, was able to get inside on his man and land - not just land, really, but land effectively. So much for the belief that a large man with skill bests a smaller man with skill. Ultimately, it seems, skill level in and of itself still holds the trump card - or at least it can. Just because bigger fighters can box effectively in a way they historically and generally couldn't (think Jess Willard, Primo Canera, etc...) doesn't mean they have the market cornered at heavyweight in the here and now. Indeed, it's Usyk - who stands under 6'4 - who now holds the majority of the division's titles.

Of course none of this means that a 175 pound former heavyweight champion like Jim Corbett could stand much of a chance against a Deontay Wilder. What it means, however, is that super sized heavyweights are not always guaranteed to control the division. The days of some (let's face it, not everyone has believed the supersized theory) declaring any current or former heavyweight under six and a half feet tall is persona non grata is over - at least for the time being. And that's not a bad thing.

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