Belts, record, and full list of undisputed four-belt champions Canelo Alvarez can join if he defeats Caleb Plant
Plant is the only man standing in Canelo’s way of becoming undisputed champion, so there’s more at stake in Saturday’s fight in Vegas than just bad blood.
Many people have been scarred by their encounters with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, but only a few have stepped into the ring with him.
By his own admission, the Mexican has never prepared for a fight as engulfed in animosity as his upcoming “Road to Undisputed” clash with Caleb Plant – and that animosity came to a head six weeks before the first bell.
Canelo came out swinging, believing Plant had insulted his mother – something the Tennessee fighter denies, citing his own tragic family history – and landed such a clean hit that he drew blood from under Plant’s eye.
None of this will be the driving force behind what will be a historic event in Las Vegas.
All four major super-middleweight belts – WBA, WBC, WBO, and Plant’s IBF – will be on the line for the first time in the four-belt era.
One man is poised to become the undisputed champion, joining an elite group of only a few fighters.
World super-middleweight titles are currently held by WBA, WBC, and WBO.
WBC and WBA super-welterweight world titles previously held; WBC, WBA, and IBF middleweight world titles previously held; WBO light-heavyweight world title previously held
Only five male fighters have held multiple belts at the same time since the number of sanctioning bodies was increased to four: Oleksandr Usyk (cruiserweight), Bernard Hopkins (middleweight), Jermain Taylor (middleweight), Terence Crawford (super-lightweight), and Josh Taylor (super-lightweight).
After defeating Jose Ramirez earlier this year, the last of those is the world’s only undisputed champion.
It’s worth noting, however, that the WBO was not fully recognized in the cases of Hopkins and Jermain Taylor.
Joe Calzaghe beat Mikkel Kessler in 2007 and came the closest to accomplishing the feat at super-middleweight (Canelo’s current division).
While he held the WBA, WBC, and WBO titles at the time, he had vacated the IBF title a year prior after refusing to fight the body’s mandatory challenger – so while he didn’t defend it unsuccessfully, he did.
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Belts, record, and complete list of undisputed four-belt champions Canelo Alvarez can join if he defeats Caleb Plant
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Canelo Alvarez belts, record and full list of undisputed four-belt champions he can join in win vs Caleb Plant
Belts currently held: WBA, WBC and WBO super-middleweight world titles
Belts previously held: WBC and WBA super-welterweight world titles; WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight world titles; WBO light-heavyweight world title
How to watch Canelo vs Plant
- Date: Saturday 6 November
- Venue: MGM Grand Arena, Paradise, Nevada
- Fight time: Ring walks for the main event are set to start around 3am UK time
- TV/Live stream: BT Sport Box Office – pay per view is £19.95. You can also stream on the BT Sport app.