By Ken Hissner: At the MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, Saturday, Tom Brown (TGB Promotions), PCB Champions and Saul Alvarez (Canelo Promotions, presented in the Main Event WBA, WBC, WBO World Super Middleweight champion Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez unified the titles stopping IBF World Super Middleweight champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant in the eleventh round over PPV Showtime, before 16,500 in attendance.
In the Main Event WBA, WBC, WBO World Super Middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 57-1-2 (39), #168, of Guadalajara, Jalisco, MEX, unified stopping BF World Super Middleweight champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant, 21-1 (12), #167, of Las Vegas, NV, and Nashville, TN, stopping him at 1:05 of the eleventh round of a scheduled 12 rounds.
In the first round, it wasn’t to almost a minute remaining Alvarez threw his first punch a chopping right to the head of Plant. Plant moved and landed numerous jabs. In the second round, Plant continued following his game plan of moving and jabbing. Alvarez got in some chopping rights when the taller Plant bent down. It was a much better round for Alvarez but not enough to win the round. In the third and fourth rounds, Alvarez was able to get in some power shots making Plant hold for the most part. Both landed big left hooks in the final ten seconds of the fourth.
In the fifth round, Plant moved more as he did in the first two rounds and jabbed. This was enough to take the round. In the sixth round, Plant would lean to his right and get hit by chopping Alvarez by throughout the first half of the round. He stunned Plant with a minute remaining in the round with a left hook to the chin. In the seventh round, at the halfway point, Alvarez missed a chopping right and got hit with a counter left hook from Plant. It was a better round for Plant while a clash of heads happened in the final thirty seconds. In the eighth round, it was all Alvarez as Plant did little moving.
In the ninth round, from the halfway point on, Plant landed combinations and, in the final twenty seconds, a flurry of half a dozen unanswered punches. In the tenth round, it was all Alvarez again getting chopping rights on when inside when Plant slowed down, not moving as much in the round.
In the eleventh round, Alvarez having Plant against the ropes, a left, right, and another hook on the way down all on the chin, dropped Plant. He was up at 8 when referee Russell Mora asked if he wanted to continue, and he nodded yes but was unsteady on his feet and obviously hurt. Alvarez raced after him and attacked with a pair of rights on the side of his head and neck, and down went Plant for the count.
Super Lightweight southpaw Elvis “The Dominican Kid” Rodriguez, 12-1-1 (10), #142, of Santo Domingo, DR, knocked out Juan “El Pivi” Pablo Romero, 14-1 (9), #143, of Villa del Carbon, at 2:59 of the fifth round of a scheduled 12 rounds.
In the fourth round, Rodriguez scored a knockdown. In the fifth round, he knocked out Romero.
Super Bantamweight WBC World Super Bantamweight champion Rey Vargas, 35-0 (22), #125, of Otumba, MEX, defeated Leonaredo “Cuate” Baez, 21-5 (12), #126 ½, of Mexicali, Baja California, MEX, over ten rounds in a Non-Title fight.
In the first five rounds, Vargas was pitching a shutout! In the sixth and seventh rounds, Vargas continued a body attack hurting Baez several times each round. In the eighth round, Baez continues to be the aggressor but runs into counterpunches by Vargas. In the ninth round, due to a clash of heads, Baez was cut on the right side of his head. In the tenth and final round, Baez tried but ran into counterpunches by Vargas.
Scores were 99-91, 100-90 twice, as did this writer score it.
In the co-feature, Former two-time Super Middleweight World champion Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell, 34-2-2 (25), #168 ½, of Flint, MI, knocked out Marcos “Madman” Hernandez, 15-5-2 (3), #168 ½, of Fresno, CA, at 0:22 of the fourth round of a scheduled ten rounds.
In the first round, Dirrell came out firing a flurry of punches backing Hernandez into a corner. Hernandez grabbed him and managed to get through the round. In the second round, Hernandez held his own, trying to rough it up with Dirrell but not quite enough to win the round. In the third round, Hernandez out-landed Dirrell with uppercuts. In the fourth round, Dirrell countered a Hernandez jab with a right uppercut on the chin, and down went Hernandez on his back as referee Celestino Ruiz counted him out.
Welterweight Rance “Kid Blast” Barthelemy, 29-1-1 (15), #143, of Cuba and Miami, FL, stopped Gustavo David Vittori, 25-10-1 (12), #143, of Concordia, ARG, at 1:54 of the second round of an 8.
Super Featherweight Jose “El Gallo” Manuel Gomez, 12-1 (5), #131, of Huntington Park, CA, lost to Jose “Pepao” Antonio Meza, 8-6 (2), #132, of Gomez Palacio, Durango, MEX, over eight rounds.
All scores 76-75
Flyweight Joselito “El Huracan” Velazquez, 14-0-1 (9), #114, of MEX and West Covina, CA, defeated Gilberto Mendoza, 19-11-3 (10), #114, of Modesto, CA, over 8 rounds.
All scores were 80-72.
Super Flyweight Jan “Nito” Salvatierra, 7-1 (3), #?113 of Los Cabos, Baja California, MEX, was knocked out by Fernando “Leoncito” Diaz, 10-2-1 (2), #114, of Riverside, CA, in the fifth round of a 6.