Plant believes that he is a better fighter than Alvarez despite his experience, and has made a confident prediction that he will win the fight despite his opponent being ranked number one in the world
Caleb Plant has confidently claimed he is a better fighter than Canelo Alvarez and that he will show why experience doesn’t matter in their undisputed title clash.
The American faces the toughest test of his career against the pound-for-pound king in the sport, as his Mexican opponent eyes unifying yet another division at super middleweight.
But Plant believes that his experience will not count for much and warned Alvarez that he is not “a better fighter” going into their world title clash.
“I mean, he’s a great fighter,” Plant said. “He’s been around for a long time and he’s accomplished a lot, but you know, within his first 30 fights I was probably fighting better competition than he was in the amateurs. I’m a Golden Gloves national champion, I’m an Olympic alternate.
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“But, you know, I know he’s got experience on me, but everybody that I’ve ever fought had more fights than me. So, experience is a factor, but it’s not the determining factor.
“So, he’s a good fighter, but there’s no way that he’s better than me, and I truly believe that in my heart.”
Alvarez dethroned undefeated Briton Billy Joe Saunders to earn another world title belt at 168lbs, and is now eyeing the last title of Plant’s to complete another undisputed set.
And Plant has vowed to be “himself” in the ring and show the world watching what he has been working on to dethrone the sport’s current king.
“I will be myself,” Plant said. “I don’t have to go in there and be anybody but myself.
“Being myself is what got me here. It’s what got all these cameras in my face right now, and that’s how I’m gonna see it out, is being myself. And when that bell rings, you’ll see what I’m talking about.”
The coronavirus pandemic has continued to hinder the progress of the sport’s top fights with the likes of Tyson Fury forced to reschedule his clash with Deontay Wilder after an outbreak of the virus in training camp.
But Plant has revealed he is now vaccinated despite initial concerns in order to prevent “disruption” of his world title dream.
“You know, no one’s, you know, put a guy to my head and said, ‘You have to sign this for the vaccination,’ or anything like that,” Plant said. “But, you know, to be honest, not for any political reason, but I haven’t been a big fan of the vaccination.
“But I’m not opposed to people getting the vaccination. You know, but I feel like if you’re healthy and you’re young and you’re strong, like I am, you know, the long-term effects, I’m not exactly sure what they are.
“But I feel like if I got Covid, I could get through it just fine, but I did get the vaccination and I’m vaccinated because I don’t want this moment to slip by.
“And I’ve already sacrificed so much for the sport. Like I talked about, I’m not gonna let something like COVID get in the way of stopping me from obtaining my destiny.”