Anthony Dirrell-Marcos Hernandez Set For Canelo Alvarez Co-Main
The fight card for the upcoming Canelo Alvarez vs. Caleb Plant event has been set including a co-main event battle.
The co-main event for Canelo Alvarez vs. Caleb Plant is set.
Two-time super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell will square off with top contender Marcos Hernandez.
Also announced was a battle between Rey Vargas and Leonardo Baez, along with Elvis Rodriguez vs. Juan Pablo Romero.
The event takes place November 6 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In the headline bout, Alvarez and Plant meet for the undisputed super middleweight title.
(33-2-2, 24 KOs), a two-time WBC 168-pound world champion, won the title for the first time with a unanimous decision over Sakio Bika in 2014. The native of Flint, Mich. dropped the title the next year to Badou Jack by majority decision, before putting together six straight victories to get back into position to fight for the championship again.
He captured the title for a second time in 2019, winning a technical decision victory over Avni Yildirim. Most recently, Dirrell battled Kyrone Davis to a draw in February, in his first fight since a title fight defeat against David Benavidez in September 2019.
“I’m very ready for this fight,” Dirrell said. “I know Hernandez is a tough competitor and I’m sure he’ll have a lot of fans there since we’re fighting on the same card as Canelo. But I know I’m ready to fight on the big stage and on a card of this magnitude. I fought on the Errol Spence Jr. vs. Shawn Porter undercard and I think this fight night is going to have a similar feel. I’m just prepared to do whatever I have to do to get the victory. The fans should expect fireworks. I’m not shying away from the action and hopefully I can get the winner of Canelo vs. Plant if I perform well on November 6.”
Fighting out of Fresno, Calif., Hernández (15-4-2, 3 KOs) has faced excellent competition in his career, battling a litany of tough fellow rising contenders. The 28-year-old most recently scored an impressive unanimous decision victory over previously unbeaten Armando Resendiz in September. In addition to his recent triumph, Hernández has twice faced former unified super welterweight champion Jeison Rosario, fighting to a draw in their first meeting before losing the rematch. He has also taken down then-unbeaten fighters in Kevin Newman II and Thomas Hill.
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“I’m having a great training camp for this fight coming off of my performance in early September,” Hernández said. “As always, the fans can expect me to bring an entertaining fight. I know that I’m up against a former world champion who’s accomplished a lot in his career. I’m just focusing on working hard every day to get the victory and everything that will come with it.”