Terence Crawford gives Plant advice to beat Canelo Alvarez
By Sean Jones: Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford recommends that IBF super middleweight champion Caleb ‘Sweethands’ Plant should study how Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin fought Canelo Alvarez in their first fight in 2017 and utilize some of what he did to defeat the Mexican superstar on November 6th.
Golovkin expertly stood on the outside and landed a high number of jabs to get the better of Canelo in their 2017 fight, but shockingly the judges scored it a 12 round draw.
They arguably gave themselves and Canelo a black eye with their scoring for that contest, leaving him in the position where he had to fight Golovkin a second time.
Golovkin followed Floyd Mayweather Jr’s blueprint to beat the 5’8″ Canelo by throwing jabs and not giving him any opportunities to counter punch during their 2013 fight.
Mayweather shut Canelo out, leaving him with few opportunities to connect with his left hook counter.
Crawford thinks it would be a bad idea for Plant to stand in front of Canelo in this fight for obvious reasons. We’ve seen what had happened with Canelo’s last four opponents when they stood in front of him, and Plant needs to learn from the mistakes those guys made.
“It’s going to be a good fight. I’m excited to see it,” said Terence Crawford to Fight Hub TV on the Canelo vs. Plant fight. “I’m excited to see what Caleb Plant does.
“If he’s going to come in there and stand in front of Canelo. I think that would be a bad game plan. I think that he should utilize his skills and look at the GGG first fight and take bits and pieces of that fight and put it in his arsenal,” said Crawford.
Plant will have to do more than just jab if he wants to beat Canelo because the fight is taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, and, likely, the judges won’t value jabbing.
As we’ve seen in Canelo’s past fights in that city, the judges seemed to put more weight on clean-landing power shots. Even when Canelo is out-landed, he’s given rounds if his opponent is throwing mainly jabs.
Plant will have to sit down on his shows from time to time if he wants to win a decision and keep Canelo off.
If all Plant is doing is throwing jabs, Canelo will put up his height guard and walk him down and then unload with his enormous power shots to do damage.
The real question is whether Plant’s stamina will hold out into the championship rounds. In the later rounds in his fights with Vincent Feigenbutz, Caleb Truax, and Jose Uzcategui, he looked tired. If Plant was getting tired in fights against those guys, we’re probably going to see the same thing from him against Canelo.
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