Caleb Plant taken to hospital after knockout defeat by Canelo Alvarez

Caleb Plant was taken to hospital after being knocked out in the 11th round of his meeting with Canelo Alvarez.

The American forced the fight into deep waters and it looked as though Alvarez may be frustrated in his bid to secure a statement stoppage.

But the Mexican came out of the blocks firing in the eleventh round dropping Plant twice before the referee stopped the contest.

And the 29-year-old has now been taken to hospital for observation after the explosive penultimate round stoppage in Las Vegas.

The brutal finish sent Alvarez's opponent sprawled on to the canvas looking visibly uneasy on his feet during the Mexican's crowning as undisputed 168lb champion.

But he was forced into deep waters to earn his 57th victory as a professional frustrated for large periods of the fight by Plant's evasive movement.

Plant started fast establishing his rangy jab and keeping his distance for the opening rounds but Alvarez quickly became frustrated.

The unified champion began walking his opponent down after a tentative opening round with his aggressive body work and trademark left hook working away quietly.

Despite having limited success, Alvarez's body work emerged more precise during the middle rounds and he started to find the range for his textbook left-hand.

Alvarez had opened up a lead on the judges scorecards by the midway point and was starting to ramp up the pressure in his bid to dominate the exchanges.

But Plant stood strong despite having no real outlet to launch any strafes of his own with Alvarez feinting and weaving in and out of the distance.

Despite a late flourish from Plant in the ninth and 10th, Alvarez re-established his control and came flying out for the 11th stanza with aggression dropping his opponent with an efficient combination.

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He initially beat the count but was shaking and uneasy on his feet before quickly being dispatched by the Mexican who sent his rival crumbling to the floor leading to the fight's conclusion.

The 31-year-old has now become the first undisputed super-middleweight champion in the history of the sport and affirmed his status as the pound-for-pound king.

Delighted with his performance Canelo then confirmed his new-found respect for Plant after the animosity shown between the pair in the build-up.

"It hasn't been easy to get to this point," he said. "This is for everyone, especially for Mexico.

"It means so much for the history of Mexico to be the undisputed champion. It makes me very happy and motivated to be one of six undisputed champions of the world.

"I have respect for Caleb Plant, he was a good fighter. We were men at the end, he wanted to keep fighting but I told him there was no shame. We had a great fight."

The Mexican could now look to a switch back to light-heavyweight with Russian pairing Dmitry Bivol and Artur Beterbiev waiting in the wings for the superstar's challenge.

Another formidable challenge could also be taken in his first defence as undisputed champion with David Benavidez also unconquered at 168lbs.

But the sport's leading athlete has ruled out a crossover bout with UFC's Kamaru Usman despite his victory over Colby Covington last night.

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