IBF super-middleweight champion Caleb Plant believes he’s a completely different fighter than Billy Joe Saunders.
Saunders suffered an eighth-round TKO defeat to Canelo Alvarez this past weekend to lose his WBO super-middleweight crown.
Alvarez is now slated to fight Plant next with the winner unifying the division completely. Of course, it’s hard to pick against Alvarez as he will undoubtedly be a huge favorite going into that fight if it’s booked.
Not if Plant has anything to say about it, though.
“That’s what he thinks,” Plant said on the Pug and Copp Boxing Show about Canelo thinking he will unify the division against him. “You’re looking at the reason. With Billy [Joe Saunders], I think people misconstrue the fact that maybe because me and Billy have some slickness to our style that we’re the same fighter.”
For many observers, Saunders is on the same level, if not better, than Plant. And given how he ultimately couldn’t cope with the Mexican, Plant’s chances don’t look too good.
But to the American, being compared to Saunders is disrespectful.
“To me, that’s almost disrespectful. Just the amount of discipline alone that I possess over him is disrespectful,” Plant said. “The amount of discipline that I have, the athletic ability that I have. Billy, he’s quick, he’s got some quickness, but he’s not explosive.
“The height, the real, the boxing ability, the boxing IQ, I hit harder than him. I mean, the list goes on and on. Just because we both have some slickness to our style, don’t construe that we’re the same boxer or even the same type of man.”
Some big words there.