Caleb Plant: “When My Hand Is Raised In Victory, The World Will Know Then, That I’m The New Face Of Boxing”

By: Hans Themistode Despite the questions surrounding his overall resume, Caleb Plant’s confidence is through the roof as he prepares for what appears to be the most difficult test of his career. The IBF super middleweight titleholder is set to defend his crown against unified champion Canelo Alvarez, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 6th. Currently, Plant is pegged as a significant underdog on the night. While Plant has reigned supreme as a world champion for the past two and a half years, Alvarez is widely considered the best fighter in the entire sport. Regardless of the minuscule number of fans and media pundits picking Plant to emerge victorious, the Nashville Tennessee native urges all who doubt him to simply plunk down their hard-earned money and tune in to witness a once in a lifetime showing. “On November 6, the world will witness boxing’s first ever crowned undisputed super middleweight champion,” said Plant. “Everyone should order the PPV now and get their popcorn ready, because I’m about to put on a performance that will go down in history as one of the best ever. This man is in trouble.” Although Plant is oozing with self-belief, most within boxing circles aren't buying his chances against Alvarez. Since truncating the title reign of Jose Uzcategui in January of 2019, Plant’s level of opposition has gone in the wrong direction. The 29-year-old has made it look incredibly easy against the likes of journeymen Mike Lee and Vincent Feigenbutz, stopping before the sound of the final bell. Plant would follow those stoppage victories with a recent one-sided unanimous decision win over long-faded former champion, Caleb Truax. In the meanwhile, Alvarez has picked up numerous world titles across that same time period. After dethroning middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs in May of 2019, and adding his IBF title to his ever-growing collection, Alvarez opted to move up two weight classes to take on WBO light heavyweight champion, Sergey Kovalev. The Mexican star proved that the height, reach and weight advantage of the hard-hitting former titlist, was extraneous as he scored the devastating stoppage victory in the 11th round. While Alvarez enjoyed success moving up and down weight classes, the Mexican star settled into the super middleweight division in December of 2020. With victories over Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders, Alvarez now holds three of the four major world titles in the division. More importantly, as Alvarez continues to stack up wins and add to his championship mantle, the 31-year-old has earned a place as one of the best fighters in the world and is generally considered the face of the entire sport. With that said, Plant believes that his name will usurp Alvarez as the number one attraction, provided he picks up the victory. “When my hand is raised in victory, the world will know then, that I’m the new face of boxing.” The post Caleb Plant: “When My Hand Is Raised In Victory, The World Will Know Then, That I’m The New Face Of Boxing” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Caleb Plant: “When My Hand Is Raised In Victory, The World Will Know Then, That I’m The New Face Of Boxing”

By: Hans Themistode

Despite the questions surrounding his overall resume, Caleb Plant’s confidence is through the roof as he prepares for what appears to be the most difficult test of his career.

The IBF super middleweight titleholder is set to defend his crown against unified champion Canelo Alvarez, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 6th. Currently, Plant is pegged as a significant underdog on the night. While Plant has reigned supreme as a world champion for the past two and a half years, Alvarez is widely considered the best fighter in the entire sport.

Regardless of the minuscule number of fans and media pundits picking Plant to emerge victorious, the Nashville Tennessee native urges all who doubt him to simply plunk down their hard-earned money and tune in to witness a once in a lifetime showing.

“On November 6, the world will witness boxing’s first ever crowned undisputed super middleweight champion,” said Plant. “Everyone should order the PPV now and get their popcorn ready, because I’m about to put on a performance that will go down in history as one of the best ever. This man is in trouble.”

Although Plant is oozing with self-belief, most within boxing circles aren't buying his chances against Alvarez. Since truncating the title reign of Jose Uzcategui in January of 2019, Plant’s level of opposition has gone in the wrong direction. The 29-year-old has made it look incredibly easy against the likes of journeymen Mike Lee and Vincent Feigenbutz, stopping before the sound of the final bell.

Plant would follow those stoppage victories with a recent one-sided unanimous decision win over long-faded former champion, Caleb Truax. In the meanwhile, Alvarez has picked up numerous world titles across that same time period.

After dethroning middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs in May of 2019, and adding his IBF title to his ever-growing collection, Alvarez opted to move up two weight classes to take on WBO light heavyweight champion, Sergey Kovalev. The Mexican star proved that the height, reach and weight advantage of the hard-hitting former titlist, was extraneous as he scored the devastating stoppage victory in the 11th round.

While Alvarez enjoyed success moving up and down weight classes, the Mexican star settled into the super middleweight division in December of 2020. With victories over Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders, Alvarez now holds three of the four major world titles in the division. More importantly, as Alvarez continues to stack up wins and add to his championship mantle, the 31-year-old has earned a place as one of the best fighters in the world and is generally considered the face of the entire sport.

With that said, Plant believes that his name will usurp Alvarez as the number one attraction, provided he picks up the victory.

“When my hand is raised in victory, the world will know then, that I’m the new face of boxing.”

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Anthony Joshua: “I Don’t Really Fold Under Pressure”

By: Sean Crose "I don't always want to be the best in the gym," WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua has told Sky Sports. "Every time I spar, I spar like I'm performing. I have had tough spars. I am doubting myself." These are not the sort of things you hear from a towering, impressive, dominant fighter with a single avenged loss on his resume. Joshua, however, would clearly rather work out his doubts in the gym than he would during a high profile fight, which is exactly what he's about to have this Saturday in Britain when he faces former cruiserweight kingpin Oleksandr Usyk for all his belts. "All boxers can move up in weight," he said. "Some feel better at the higher weight, they carry more power and feel fresher." Although Usyk hasn't looked overly impressive since turning heavyweight, the man remains a walking, talking skill set - one who hasn't lost a fight and may well be comfortable at heavyweight when he steps into the ring on Saturday. "In my mind, I have removed the conversation that he is a cruiserweight," Joshua said of Usyk. A huge Joshua fight against Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder may be in the future, but Usyk is no light touch. That's something Joshua appears to be fine with. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) "Since I came into boxing in 2008 I had a rapid rise, maybe due to sheer strength, size, heart. I took on massive challenges early on," said Joshua. "Usyk is another great champion, great fighter. But I don't really fold under pressure." Joshua also claimed he relies on faith to help him get through the challenges of being a top competitor. "I asked God for strength and he gave me battles," stated Joshua. "When I pray for strength, I want to fight the Usyks and the champions because that's how you find out how strong you really are." The work of being a heavyweight titlist is undoubtedly difficult, but Joshua doesn't think it's all grind and toil. "This is fun. This is deep practice," he said. "When I get into the ring it's time to practice everything I know." Although he suffered a stunning loss to Andy Ruiz, Joshua was able to learn from his mistakes and came back to best Ruiz successfully six months later. "I'm rather experienced now," he told Sky. You have to go through trials and tribulations." "You have to go through certain experiences to have wisdom," claimed Joshua, adding that "you've got to go through turbulent times." The post Anthony Joshua: “I Don’t Really Fold Under Pressure” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Anthony Joshua: “I Don’t Really Fold Under Pressure”

By: Sean Crose

"I don't always want to be the best in the gym," WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua has told Sky Sports. "Every time I spar, I spar like I'm performing. I have had tough spars. I am doubting myself." These are not the sort of things you hear from a towering, impressive, dominant fighter with a single avenged loss on his resume. Joshua, however, would clearly rather work out his doubts in the gym than he would during a high profile fight, which is exactly what he's about to have this Saturday in Britain when he faces former cruiserweight kingpin Oleksandr Usyk for all his belts.

"All boxers can move up in weight," he said. "Some feel better at the higher weight, they carry more power and feel fresher." Although Usyk hasn't looked overly impressive since turning heavyweight, the man remains a walking, talking skill set - one who hasn't lost a fight and may well be comfortable at heavyweight when he steps into the ring on Saturday. "In my mind, I have removed the conversation that he is a cruiserweight," Joshua said of Usyk. A huge Joshua fight against Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder may be in the future, but Usyk is no light touch. That's something Joshua appears to be fine with.

(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

"Since I came into boxing in 2008 I had a rapid rise, maybe due to sheer strength, size, heart. I took on massive challenges early on," said Joshua. "Usyk is another great champion, great fighter. But I don't really fold under pressure." Joshua also claimed he relies on faith to help him get through the challenges of being a top competitor. "I asked God for strength and he gave me battles," stated Joshua. "When I pray for strength, I want to fight the Usyks and the champions because that's how you find out how strong you really are."

The work of being a heavyweight titlist is undoubtedly difficult, but Joshua doesn't think it's all grind and toil. "This is fun. This is deep practice," he said. "When I get into the ring it's time to practice everything I know." Although he suffered a stunning loss to Andy Ruiz, Joshua was able to learn from his mistakes and came back to best Ruiz successfully six months later. "I'm rather experienced now," he told Sky. You have to go through trials and tribulations."

"You have to go through certain experiences to have wisdom," claimed Joshua, adding that "you've got to go through turbulent times."

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