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#pounditSaturday, February 4, 2023

Articles tagged: Caleb Plant

Caleb Plant disrespected Anthony Dirrell with mock shovel after KO

Caleb Plant delivered a big knockout win over Anthony Dirrell on Saturday night, and he had to be stopped after disrespecting his fallen opponent.

Plant floored Dirrell with a huge left hook in the 9th round to end their fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He raised his arms as he circled the ring in victory:

Plant then pretended to grab a shovel and bury Dirrell with dirt, as if he put his opponent in a casket. The referee had to step in and stop Plant.

“I was just burying the beef between us, that’s all,” Plant said of his actions when speaking with the media after the fight.

He sure looked like he was doing more than just burying some beef.

Plant is now 22-1 (13 KOs) in his career, while Dirrell is 34-3-2.

Canelo Alvarez, Caleb Plant made big money for their fight

Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant went 11 hard-fought rounds on Saturday night, and both are walking away with a lot of money for their troubles.

Alvarez defeated Plant in the super middleweight unification bout to become the first undisputed champion in the history of the division. It was an entertaining fight that ended in thrilling knockout fashion (video here).

ESPN’s Mike Coppinger reported that Alvarez earned a total of $40 million guaranteed for the fight. Meanwhile, Plant, who suffered the loss of his career, still walked away with a career-high $10 million guaranteed.

Alvarez, who was fighting for the third time in 2021, is the biggest cash cow in boxing today. He even gets his opponents plenty of bread, as we saw with this previous Alvarez opponent who lasted way shorter than Plant did.

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions

Video: Canelo Alvarez destroys Caleb Plant with 11th-round knockout

Canelo Alvarez beat Caleb Plant in their fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nev. via 11th-round knockout, and he really delivered the pain.

Canelo dropped Plant twice in the 11th. First, he knocked down Plant with a big left hook and powerful right uppercut combination. Plant put his gloves on the canvas to regain his balance following the punishment he took. He beat the 10-count and told referee Russell Mora that he wanted to continue.

As soon as the action restarted, Alvarez attacked immediately and peppered the wobbly-legged Plant. Plant could barely defend himself after the restart. Mora let the fight continue longer than it probably should have. He finally called it off 1:05 into the 11th round after Plant hit the canvas for a second time.

Canelo retained his three super middleweight championship belts with the win and claimed Plant’s IBF title to give him four titles across the weight class.

Canelo is now 57-1-2 with 39 KOs. The previously unbeaten Plant is now 21-1.

Video: Canelo Alvarez, Caleb Plant throw punches at press conference

Nothing draws attention to a scheduled pay-per-view fight quite like a scrap at the press conference or weigh-in. Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant know that trick well.

Alvarez and Plant had a press conference on Tuesday in Los Angeles to promote their upcoming Nov. 6 fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

As they met in the middle of the stage, they traded words while face-to-face. Then Canelo pushed Plant in the chest. Plant took a swing at Canelo, who ducked it and hit Plant back.

The fight was only recently announced, so they had to build some hype somehow.

Canelo (56-1-2, 38 KOs) is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing. Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) will be facing his toughest test as a pro boxer. And now they may have sold a few more pay-per-view buys too.