Canelo Alvarez just took 11 months to accomplish the accomplishment. After a vicious 11thround TKO of Caleb Plant on Saturday night, he is the ﬁrst undisputed super middleweight champion.
In the build-up to the bout, the ﬁnest pound-for-pound ﬁghter in the world made it plain that he would only accept a stoppage if the two competitors had bad blood. And, in front of a raucous Canelo crowd of 16,586 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Canelo kept his word by putting pressure throughout the ﬁght.
Plant tried his hardest, but he lacked the authority to make Canelo respect him. He did score with movement and a sharp jab, but it was plainly insuﬃcient against a guy on a mission to ﬁnd and destroy.
Alvarez closed the gap and bludgeoned Plant with strong hooks and cutting right hands as the rounds proceeded. The Mexican superstar barely threw a punch, and the strain was too much for him. Plant, to his credit, seemed to handle the punches well and fought back when things became physical. But in the 11th round, Canelo landed a devastating left hook followed by an uppercut that knocked out the IBF champion.
Plant got to his feet, but was greeted with a ﬂurry of blows that knocked him down at 1:05 of the ﬁrst round.
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