Plant On Canelo Fight: “I Got Vaccinated So COVID Won’t Stop The Fight”

Caleb Plant confident he will shine on the big stage

IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant, unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez
Caleb Plant (left), Saul "Canelo" Alvarez

Caleb Plant is vaccinated to ensure COVID won’t “stop me from obtaining my destiny”

One would have to be food deprived for 3-days and recently been kicked in the head to not know that a bout with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KO’s) is a big deal. Luckily, IBF world super middleweight champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (21-0, 12 KO’s) is not missing meals and suffered no recent cranium trauma. With this being the case, the Tennessee native is fully cognizant of the magnitude of his upcoming November 6 dustup with the WBA super, WBO and WBC 168-pound champion.

Undoubtedly, this bout is Plant’s biggest payday and is to be fought on the most visible stage so far. Yet, there is also history at stake. When the winner prevails, they will be crowned the first undisputed super middleweight champion in history. Bearing all this in mind, Plant was unwilling to allow anything to prevent a successful endeavor.


One such potential pitfall was the lingering COVID-19 virus. The nefarious ailment has ravaged lives and turned countless boxing events on their head. In fact, more recently, COVID was listed as the reason that Tyson Fury’s trilogy with Deontay Wilder and Teofimo Lopez’s bout with George Kambosas were rescheduled. After taking this into consideration, despite having some adverse feelings about the vaccine, Sweethands made it his business to get the shot.

“No one has put a gun to my head and said you have to sign this for the vaccination or anything like that. To be honest, not for any political reason, I haven’t been a big fan of the vaccination. But I am not opposed to people getting the vaccination. You know, I feel like if you’re healthy and you’re young and you’re strong like I am, the long-term effects, I am not exactly sure what they are, but I feel like if I got COVID, I’d get through it just fine. But I did get the vaccination, and I am vaccinated because I didn’t want this moment to slip by. I’ve already sacrificed so much for the sport, like I said. I’m not going to let something like COVID get in the way or stop me from obtaining my destiny.”


Provided that there are no more last minute hiccups to pop-up, Plant is eager to get into the ring on fight night. Sure, Sweethands knows that most think he will lose handily, yet in the end he is betting on himself to perform in the clutch.

“I’ve always been the type of guy who performs the best under the brightest lights. So, when there is a big crowd and when the pressure is on, I’ve always stepped up to the plate and so I feel like the more people the merrier…I’m willing to take it wherever it has to go to get my hands raised. But don’t be surprised if it’s easier than y’all think!”

If confidence was any indicator, then Plant is set to give Canelo one hell of a fight! Yet, like any boxing fan knows, there is a tall mountain and wide ocean in between talking trash verbally and backing it up in the ring. So, let’s sit tight and see how this historic dustup plays out in the squared-circle.

By: Bakari Simpson

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