Charlo and Plant all wrong for Canelo says Leonard Ellerbe

Canelo Alvarez could be doomed to taste defeat if he faces IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant or Jermall Charlo, according to Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe.

In Ellerbe’s view, Plant (20-0, 12 KOs) and Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) are “all wrong for Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs).

Canelo is off the hook as far a Jermall goes, though, as he’s still fighting at 160, and he doesn’t figure into the immediate future for the Mexican superstar.

Plant, 28, is someone that Canelo will need to tangle with at some point in 2021 if he continues with his goal of becoming the undisputed super middleweight champion [168].

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It’s a worthy goal that Canelo has, but it’s one that won’t bring the kind of attention to him that he might think it will.

Caleb Plant, Canelo Alvarez, Jermall Charlo, Leonard Ellerbe - Boxing News

50 years ago, the ultra-hardcore boxing fan that existed in the 1960s and the 1950s would be impressed if a fighter like Canelo were to unify a weight class.

In this age, with the sanctioning bodies having polluted each weight class with world titles, it’s no longer a big deal for a fighter to capture a belt.

“I hope that fight gets made because Caleb Plant is a very, very good fighter,” said Ellerbe to Fighthype about Canelo potentially fighting Plant in May or September.

“He just hasn’t had the opportunities of a Canelo. His [Plant] style is all wrong for Canelo. Jermall, too, all wrong. I hope both of them get that fight.

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“[David] Benavidez’s style would be more; they would match-up really well,” said Ellerbe about Benavidez’s style being better for Canelo. “All the fights would be good, but Caleb is a thinking fighter. He’s very slick, very sharp, and great reflexes.

“Jermall, great athleticism, tremendous skills, tough as nails, can do it all. His style is all wrong for him,” said Ellerbe in continuing to believe that Charlo is too talented for Canelo.

Caleb Plant, Canelo Alvarez, Jermall Charlo, Leonard Ellerbe - Boxing News

“That’s not something, regardless of what others say, that those are the fights that they’re looking for,” Ellerbe said in making it clear that Canelo’s team aren’t looking for fights against talented guys like Jermall and Plant.

Canelo could wind up regretting that he chose to try and unify the 168lb division. He likely saw weakness among the champions at super middleweight, so he shot off in that direction to become the undisputed champion the easy way.

What would do more for Canelo’s career is if he stayed at 175 and if he’d taken on IBF/WBC light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev and WBA champ Dimitry Bivol.

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The speed with which Canelo vacated his WBO 175lb title after he beat the past his prime Sergey Kovalev suggests that he realized his limitations, and he didn’t want to take the chance of being knocked out by Beterbiev and or schooled by Bivol.

Obviously, Canelo would gain a heck of a lot more respect if he at least tried to become the undisputed champion at 175 rather than moving back down to 168 to go after the flawed champions.


Caleb Plant, Canelo Alvarez, Jermall Charlo, Leonard Ellerbe - Boxing News“No, no, no. Caleb Plant is a different animal,” said Ellerbe when told that Canelo has improved since his controversial 12 round split decision win over Erislandy Lara in 2014.

“He’s a bigger version, he has great skills, reflexes, and he’s a thinking fighter. I don’t want to say all this and give it all.

“Again, that’s how you deal with a fighter like Canelo. It takes certain attributes. In my opinion, those are the two guys [Jermall and Plant] that beats him.

“Caleb Plant is a sharpshooter. So he doesn’t have to clip him [Canelo]. He can outbox him. Caleb Plant is a very, very good boxer.

Plant has a lot of talent, and he could beat Canelo. He’s going to probably need to knock Canelo out to make sure he doesn’t suffer the same fate that Lara, Austin Trout, and Gennadiy Golovkin suffered in losing to him by a controversial decision.

Caleb Plant, Canelo Alvarez, Jermall Charlo, Leonard Ellerbe - Boxing News

“In Jermall’s case, he can do it all,” said Ellerbe. “He’s a thinking fighter too.

“He’s extremely athletic, gifted; he can punch, solid defense. Jermall can do it all. Canelo just has a little more experience. He’s been in bigger fights.

“But there are things that you can do to offset those kinds of things. Canelo is a tremendous fighter; he has a lot of experience in big fights.

“He’s gotten better, better, and better. He’s on cruise control right now,” said Ellerbe about Canelo.

The fans aren’t interested when fights are promoted using the angle of a match being for a world title or an undisputed championship. Look, Terence Crawford.

He unified the 140 lb division several years ago, and the boxing fans didn’t are. Moreover, Crawford still doesn’t have a large fan base, which tells you that becoming an undisputed champion doesn’t increase your popularity.

“No,” said Ellerbe when asked if Canelo is the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in boxing. “Taking nothing away from Callum Smith.

“He’s a very good fighter, a world champ, and he did exactly what he was supposed to do, but the pound-for-pound, that in my opinion.

“But I’m one that puts nothing into that because it’s all subjective. You have media favorites. All these fighters can fight.

“How do you pick and say, ‘This guy, this guy, and this guy.’ Right now, there’s no doubt that Tank should be in the pound-for-pound whatever.

Caleb Plant, Canelo Alvarez, Jermall Charlo, Leonard Ellerbe - Boxing News

But he’s not because somebody else says [he doesn’t belong in the top 10.’ That s*** doesn’t mean anything to us.

“Tank is going to be pound-for-pound in the Box Office, and he’s going to have a pound-for-pound bank account. I can’t believe it either,” said Ellerbe about Jermall Charlo not being on the pound-for-pound list.

‘Again, Jermall can fight his a** off, and he’s proven it. It’s all subjective, and a lot of the media members, a lot of the fans, they don’t like that person or that person.

“It’s all bull s****. The fighters need to fight the biggest possible fights that they can. They need to do it in their prime, champs vs. other champions, and they all need to make a lot of money.

Caleb Plant, Canelo Alvarez, Jermall Charlo, Leonard Ellerbe - Boxing News

“That’s the way I see it. All the other stuff is subjective. ‘This guy is better than this guy.’ He’s got to get in the ring and prove it, especially if they’re around the same weight class,” said Ellerbe.

16 thoughts on “Charlo and Plant all wrong for Canelo says Leonard Ellerbe”

  1. Canelo’s entire resume with the exception of Lara, Trout and ggg is all has beens, welterweights and never will bes. IN THE WORDS OF KILLMONGER”IS THIS YOUR KING”. Y’all call it hate, but it’s truth and we know we hate the truth.

  2. Okay so in what world exactly are these f****n dreamers in?? SMH.. why so much hate and salt towards the KING Canelo?? Just what the hell were yall looking at in Canelos last 10 fights? Hell his last 10 years.?? Lol WTF peoples? can we not just give credit where credit is due?!! I mean yes canelo did lose ONCE to one of the BESt boxers of all time, but with a lot of emphasis on the (“ONE” part)of the BEST! And that wasn’t a slam dunk defeat either..just < facts! But to be fair and truthfully accuurate; Canelo is also one of the BEST OF ALL TIME if not THE BEST of ALL TIME again just stating facts! Some people just can't handle the truth, cuz it hurts.. but ok sooo ..yea look guys I'm no HATER I f***s with MONEY MAY too! I Just gotta give reconition where its due and so shoukd evwryine else i promise CANELO WILL prevail and show the world just what they need to see to believe.. or whatever terminology yall wanna use lol SO BE PREPARED TO JUMP BAND WAGONS WHEN THE TIME COMES,.. OR GET YA ASSSES LEFT IN THE DUST.... AND THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE!!!!!!! # CANELO WILL FINISH HIS CAREER WITH NO MORE LOSSES

  3. Canelo doesn’t want to test himself. He would rather give guys 4 weeks to train all while being a nobody so he can look like he has corrected his stamina issues.

    • That’s rubbish
      Canelo has been moving up in weight and fighting champions.
      Crawford hasn’t even got a marque name on his record and yet he is your number one !!!
      Honest god you are the biggest clown on this site

      You also claimed that Loma wasn’t small at LW ???
      In all his fights at LW he has been visibly significantly smaller , the guy has narrow shoulders and a small frame
      You only see what you want to see , either that or simply don’t watch his fights
      You’re a fool Either way

  4. $1000 bet that regardless of our emotions and our likes or dislikes, Canelo never loses another fight in his career. All wrong? Everyone is right. Any takers?

  5. Of course Ellerbe is going to sell his fighters… what it really means is that EVERYONE is willing and desperate to make fights with Canelo.

  6. Canelo The CLENBUTEROL Cheating, Cherry Picking, Cash Cow Coward of the WBC won’t ever fight Charlo, Benavidez, Andrade, Beterbiev, Ramirez or GGG unless forced, threatened of paid off. This Cheating Fraud Canelo has had a career of low level wins, Corrupt wins and has losses to GGG 2 times, Austin Trout, Mr. Illegal IV Mayweather (2 Cheaters), and Erislandy Lara. He wants to possibly fight Caleb Plant, another unproven, no power, running pillow puncher.

    I saw Plant fight live against Mike Lee, and had a front row seat. I saw exactly what he has and what he’s all about. He can’t fight inside if they paid him. He’s a good athlete and that’s it. He’s a big hype job that has proven very little. Caleb Plant is just another one of these guys that they always blow up.
    All these cherry picked fights that Canelo The Cheating Fraud gets has every opponent dealing with insurmountable disadvantages. This is a fact, and here they are. The opponents facing Canelo the Fraud will have to fight at either Sin City #1 in Las Vegas or Sin City #2,Texas. Both places will have all the puppets in place including the judges, referees, Commission and the WBC/Sulaiman. They will have to deal with Canelo the Cheater’s stacked hand wraps and most importantly. Canelo the Cheatings fraud’s CLENBUTEROL PED use that he is now allowed to use more of. Yes, Clenbuterol is what Canelo the Cheater was suspended for using, and his good buddy Sulaiman made a few calls to the drug testing agency, and the new change happened to appease the Convicted Cheater Canelo. Now the Convicted Cheater gets to use even more of the CLENBUTEROL PED he was suspended for using, LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL! I wonder if they will now erase the Cheater’s record for cheating with PEDS????
    The Corrupt sport of Boxing always looks to make the sport safer and more credible by doing these kinds of shameful changes to help out their Cash Cows, SMH! SMH! SMH!

    By the way, who’s Canelo the Cheating Coward fighting next? Yildirim, oh, the guy that Canelo the Fraud requested to fight? Yes, he requested that fight because the WBC did not make him fight Yildirim, which shows what a Fraud Canelo is. There’s plenty of fights out there, and we know who those fights should be against, but the Cheating Con Fraud ran like the scared rat that he is. He wants no part of Charlo, Andrade, GGG, Ramirez, Beterbiev, Bivol and he will keep running as long as the corruption in the sport exists.

  7. Canelo only wants to fight slower big guys, non athletic style. Just like Loma dodged a certain style so has Canelo, after his 1 loss and 2 should have been losses (Lara/Trout) he will not fight certain styles anymore. We can’t sit here and say Loma avoids certain styles but then we ok it it for Canelo to do it. We cant sit here and say Usyk should get his mandatory for AJ but Ryan gets to avoid Haney, him being the mandatory for Haney.

  8. Ellerbe is throwing road blocks in front of these guys. Charlo v Canelo isn’t happening GGG needs to man the F up and face the guy @ 160 like Charlo or the easiest touch and fight to make in Andrade. Canelo against Plant will happen and be interesting as the last piece of the puzzle to UNDISPUTED supremacy 👍

  9. Neither Plant nor Charlo are a real threat to Canelo right now imo. Charlo would make for an entertaining opponent for a few rounds but that’s about it. I don’t see Charlo staying in the pocket
    past the fourth round. Canelo hits pretty hard to the body and there isn’t too many opponents that
    want to stay in the pocket with him. Gennadiy, Jacobs, Lara, Trout, Cotto, and others tried to either
    fight Canelo at mid-range or long-range because they did not want to feel his body punches.

  10. Plants a good fighter, nice fast hands and is naturally bigger than Canelo but Canelo is quick himself and can bang, Plant’s a slickster and isn’t used to being clipped thus if Canelo could land on him which he will, he’s good enough to get to anyone at some point in a fight he might be able to give Plant a gut check.

    • Plant looks good because he only fights uber drivers. If he gets in the ring with canelo it will end worse then it did for smith same goes for charlo

  11. “His [Plant] style is all wrong for Canelo.” let’s find out IN a boxing ring. meanwhile, Charlo can apply his presumed superiority to eliminate Benavidez. otherwise, STOP trying to compel Canelo to do ALL of the heavy lifting. Btw, “[unifying 168lbs] is a worthy goal . . . but it’s one that won’t bring the kind of attention to [Canelo] that he might think it will.” Guess What, you boxing-ignorant HACK? Canelo already has the attention of the most loyal and dedicated fanbase in the U.S. Charlo and Plant are the ones who are in desperate need of attention. if they want it, they need to put in the work IN a boxing ring.

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