Former IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant is planning for a rematch with Canelo Alvarez, but only after he clears out the 168-pound division will Plant take on the undisputed titleholder.
Since suffering his first professional defeat, as well as losing his IBF belt to the Mexican back in November last year, ‘Sweethands’ will be returning to the squared circle for the first time against former two time WBC super middleweight champ Anthony Dirrell on 15th October at the Barclays Center in New York City.
In the Canelo fight I got caught with a shot… happens in big-time boxing: Caleb Plant
Speaking to Brian Custer, Plant said that while he did suffer his maiden career setback against Canelo, he will be carrying it as an experience against Dirrell and the fights that follow.
“Being at that level and everything that came with it. I felt that I was well prepared, but now that I’ve been through it, I’ll be able to carry that experience with me into these bigger fights,” said Plant, “There are some things that I would do differently, but I’m going to keep those to myself. I’m going to clear out the division and then get a rematch [with Canelo]. In the rematch, you’ll be able to figure out and see what’s going on.”
“People can say what they want, but in most of my fights and in the Canelo fight, I was throwing more punches and landing more punches than most of my opponents,” the 30-year-old went on, “If they’re supposed to be throwing more punches than me, why are they standing around and looking at me? If I don’t hit hard enough, why aren’t they walking through it?”
“In the Canelo fight, I was doing great; I was doing good. I got caught with a shot. That happens in big-time boxing. When two great fighters go up against each other, one of them is going to come up short,” Plant added.
Anthony Dirrell is coming off from a 4th round knockout win against Marcos Hernandez on the undercard of Canelo vs Plant on 6th November last year. ‘The Dog’ has held the WBC belt twice in his career, first between 2014-15 and then again in 2019. In both occasions, Dirrell lost the belt on his first title defense- something which Plant demarcates.
“He’s not going to the Hall of Fame, and he’s not had one successful title defense,” Plant continued on Dirrell, “He wants to act like this isn’t something I’ve seen before. I’m coming off a fight against Canelo, and I had a great performance.” [H/T BoxingNews24.com]