Mike Tyson knew ‘best fighter of his generation’ Canelo Alvarez would win

Mike Tyson knew exactly what was going to happen when "the best fighter of his generation" Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez stepped into the ring with Caleb Plant on Saturday night.

The Mexican became the undisputed super-middleweight champion of the world when he stopped his opponent in the 11th round in Las Vegas.

He had dominated the fight throughout, with Plant weathering the storm and landing a few blows of his own but fading badly in the later rounds.

The 11th proved too much for the American, who got up from being knocked down twice but was wasn't given the chance to regain his composure by Alvarez, who could smell blood and produced a ferocious flurry to bring an end to proceedings.

Not many will be surprised by the outcome given Canelo is widely regarded as the best active pound-for-pound boxer on the planet right now – even if Plant was undefeated coming into this bout.

One man who was pretty confident he knew what the result was going to be was 'Iron Mike', who had on more than one occasion predicted a knock-out victory for Alvarez before it happened.

"I believe Canelo is going to knock him out!" the former world heavyweight champ said at the weigh-in, after saying the Mexican has "proven himself to be the best fighter of his generation".

Much earlier than that, in July, Tyson told Hotboxin' with confidence: "Caleb Plant ain't lasting the distance.

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"He's going to get clocked. He's going to get so f****d up. With two human beings, anything is possible, but I think [Canelo] is going to f*****g kill him.

"He's your friend? You're going to his funeral. Wait 'til Alvarez starts hitting that motherf*****g body."

Canelo's win made history, as he became the first fighter ever to unify the super-middleweight division.

He is also the first Mexican to become undisputed champion in any division, and only the sixth fighter ever to hold the WBO, WBA Super, WBC and IBF belts at the same time.

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Alvarez took less than 12 months to collect them all, beating Callum Smith in December to claim the WBA Super and WBC titles last December before taking the WBO crown from Billy Joe Saunders earlier this year.

After beating Plant, the 31-year-old spoke of his pride at being able to add the IBF title to those he had already collected.

"It hasn't been easy to get to this point," Alvarez said. "With my team I have gone really far.

"This is for everybody, especially for Mexico. We did it tonight. We are only six.

"It keeps me happy and motivated to be one of the six undisputed fighters in the world."

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