With his victory against Caleb Plant (USA), Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was crowned the first undisputed world champion in the super middleweight division and made history with him. With his victory in the eleventh round by technical knockout, the Mexican secured the IBF belt in Las Vegas; the 31-year-old had previously won titles from the other three associations, WBC, WBA and WBO.
“It’s for everyone, especially for Mexico. Tonight we did it. There are only six of us. It makes me very happy to be one of the six undisputed world champions,” said the 31-year-old after his triumph at the MGM Grand Hotel.
Plant came down twice in lap 11 and stood up, visibly dazed, but Alvarez eventually sent his opponent onto the boards with right-left combinations. For the American, it was the first loss of his career.
So far, only five other boxers have held all four belts: Oleksandr Ussyk (Ukraine) in the lightweight division, Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor in the middleweight division, and Terence Crawford (all from the United States) and Josh Taylor (Scotland) in the welterweight division. . The only undisputed defending champion outside of Alvarez is Taylor.