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Jermall Charlo: “Caleb Plant Don’t Want No Smoke With Me”

Posted on 03/25/2021

By: Hans Themistode

Jermall Charlo has made it no secret that he is interested in trading fists with former WBC super-middleweight champion David Benavidez. Although he currently campaigns one weight class higher, Charlo hasn’t backed down from his claim that he will not only move up in weight to face Benavidez but also that he would cause serious damage to him if their contest does in fact become a reality.

While Benavidez is his main target, Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) would have no issue with making a slight detour.

After taking a closer look at the super middleweight division, the Houston native is under the impression that while a matchup with Benavidez would end a knockout victory, the beating he would dish out to him wouldn’t compare to what he would do to IBF belt holder Caleb Plant.

“Caleb Plant don’t want no smoke with me,” said Charlo during an interview with Brian Custer on the Last Stand Podcast. “I’ll put that boy right back in Tennessee.”

Much like Benavidez, the issue with making any of these matchups a reality is that Charlo currently holds the WBC middleweight title and expressed a desire in unifying the division.

With Charlo last defending his title in September of 2019 against perennial contender Sergey Derevyanchenko in a one-sided match, the former two-division champion has remained idle on the sidelines. But while he has doesn’t have a concrete date set in stone for his next ring appearance, Charlo revealed that he wouldn’t mind taking on Plant as soon as possible.

In fact, Charlo is so confident in the outcome of that matchup, that he has no problem handing Plant the weight advantage on fight night.

“I’ll weigh in at about 162, 163 and beat Caleb Plant’s ass. Stop playing with me, he’s too small for 68 anyways.”

Currently, Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) is on a collision course with unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez.

On January 30th earlier this year, the Nashville, Tennessee native held up his end of the bargain as he easily outboxed long-faded former champion, Caleb Truax. With Alvarez scheduled to take on WBO titlist Billy Joe Saunders on May 8th, should he win, all that would be missing from his 168-pound belt collection is the IBF title currently draped over the shoulder of Plant.

If, for whatever reason, a showdown between the pair doesn’t take place, Charlo appears ready, willing and able to take on all comers.

“I’m down for whatever. I’m here to fight whoever.”

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David Benavidez On Caleb Plant: “I Feel Like He’s Just A Weak Champion”

Posted on 03/04/2021

By: Hans Themistode

No matter how he tried, Caleb Plant just couldn’t end his night early.

When the current IBF super middleweight titlist took on former belt holder Caleb Truax on January 30th, Plant promised that he would deliver a knockout on the night. While that proved to be false, he did however, win every single round.

A peak audience of just over two million tuned in to watch the one-sided matchup. Amongst them, was former WBC champion, David Benavidez. Although he still isn’t a fan of Plant, he did acknowledge that the performance was a good one. With that said, Benavidez believes that his long-time rival failed to make a statement.

“It was a good performance,” said Benavidez during a recent interview with Fight Hype. “He did what he had to do. He landed everything that he had to land but when you’re a champion like that, you want to make a statement.

“Especially a guy over the hill like that, what is Truax, 39-years-old? He was getting hit with literally every shot and he had nothing to offer you. He didn’t come back with anything so it’s very disappointing if you’re a Caleb Plant fan. He goes out there and hits an old guy with everything and you still can’t stop him?”

Unlike Benavidez, who is known for leaving his opponents comatose, Plant is much more of a boxer. The Nashville Tennessee native may have a few stoppage victories under his belt but they come far and few between.

In the eyes of Benavidez though, Plant simply doesn’t have any power in his fists to cause much harm to anyone. In fact, the two-time belt holder doesn’t only believe Plant is feather fisted, no, he took things a step further.

“I feel like he’s just a weak champion.”

For several years now, Benavidez has attempted to lure Plant into the ring. His efforts however, have all been in vain as both sides haven’t come close to actual showdown. Currently, Benavidez is wrapping up his training camp as he prepares to take on fringe contender Ronald Ellis on March 13th.

As for Plant, on the other hand, he appears to be on his way to a unification showdown against Canelo Alvarez. First things first, of course, Alvarez must get past WBO titlist Billy Joe Saunders on May 8th. Should he do just that, a matchup between Alvarez and Plant is believed to be next.

If everything goes according to plan, all of the super-middleweight titles would be on the line in their showdown. But while Alvarez continues to be active, Benavidez doesn’t believe Plant will risk the biggest payday of his career and will instead, opt to sit on the sidelines until his number is called.

“I feel like he’s going to sit out until he gets that fight.”

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Eddie Hearn On Canelo Alvarez: “Billy Joe Saunders On May The 8th Then He Wants To Go And Fight Caleb Plant”

Posted on 02/16/2021

By: Hans Themistode

Canelo Alvarez tends to give cliche answers at times.

Regardless of boxing fans having a strong idea as to who he is expected to fight next, Alvarez remains in the moment and always keeps his options open.

Case in point would be the Mexican star’s refusal to acknowledge that should he get past his mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim in less than two weeks, a fight with WBO super middleweight titlist Billy Joe Saunders is next on his boxing calendar.

One man, who has no problem revealing the future plans of Alvarez is promoter Eddie Hearn. And again, during a recent interview with Fight Hub TV, Hearn spilled the beans on the 2021 fight schedule for Alvarez.

“Our deal with him is a two-fight deal,” explained Hearn. “The first is Avni Yildirim and subject to him winning and finalizing some minor stuff, Billy Joe Saunders on May the 8th. Then he wants to go and fight Caleb Plant.”

Alvarez, 30, by all accounts, is still a promotional free agent following his fallout with DAZN and promoter Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions. Meaning, unlike many of the top boxing names who are shackled to long-term deals and more times than not, are not afforded the opportunity to face the names that fans would like them to, i.e., Terence Crawford, Alvarez simply doesn’t have that issue.

Still, while Alvarez has shown absolutely no interest in signing his name to promotional deals, Hearn isn’t worried about his staying power with the pound-for-pound star. Simply put, don’t fix what isn’t broken.

“I don’t see it happening. We have a great relationship. We worked fantastically together for the Callum Smith fight and we actually have another big announcement coming with Canelo Alvarez next week for some more business together.”

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Caleb Truax On Caleb Plant’s Chances Against Canelo Alvarez: “He Needs More Time To Take Down The Likes Of Canelo”

Posted on 02/01/2021

By: Hans Themistode

Former super middleweight belt holder Caleb Truax knew that it was going to be difficult to land a clean punch on Caleb Plant. However, after missing shot after shot during their title fight this past Saturday night, Truax didn’t realize it was going to be damn there impossible.

“I knew that he was a good defensive fighter and slick but he was a little more elusive than I thought,” said Truax to Fight Hub TV following his wide decision defeat to Plant at The Shrine Exposition in Los Angeles California. “He prob has the best jab that I ever faced but he doesn’t have much power.”

Plant, 28, dominated their showdown from start to finish. With the third defense of his IBF title officially scratched off, Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) now seemingly has options. For starters, the Nashville, Tennessee native can place his focus on a long-awaited showdown against former two-time belt holder David Benavidez. The pair have spent numerous years threatening each other over social media but have failed to work out a deal to end the talking and solve their differences in the ring.

While fans would love a matchup between them, the more likely route is an undisputed showdown with unified champion Canelo Alvarez. Their matchup of course, is predicated on the Mexican native handling his business in his next two ring appearances.

In just a few more weeks, the pound for pound star is set to take on mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim. Should he win, Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) is then scheduled to take on WBO titlist Billy Joe Saunders. If yet another victory falls on the side of Alvarez, then the two would most likely meet sometime in September with every super-middleweight title on the line.

For as much as Plant would love the opportunity to take down boxing’s biggest star, Truax (31-5-2, 19 KOs) begins to bear an incredulous look on his face.

Although the former titleholder believes that Plant is immensely talented, in his opinion, a showdown with Alvarez is simply a bridge too far for him to cross at the moment.

“I wouldn’t pick him to beat Canelo right now, I wouldn’t pick anyone to beat Canelo right now. That’s not saying anything negative about him. He only has 21 fights, he has plenty of time to develop and seems to be getting better so he should take his time. He needs more time to take down the likes of Canelo.”

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Edgar Berlanga Calls Out Caleb Plant: “Let Me Know When You Ready To Get Kissed By These Fist”

Posted on 01/31/2021

By: Hans Themistode

Although Edgar Berlanga is still making a name for himself in the super middleweight division, The Athletic’s 2020 prospect of the year appears to be ready to take a humongous leap forward.

In what many expected to be a one-sided affair, IBF titlist Caleb Plant dominated former belt holder Caleb Truax at the Shrine Exposition Center, in Los Angeles California. At no point during their showdown did Plant find himself even remotely in any sort of trouble. Despite winning every single round, Berlanga was seemingly unimpressed with his efforts.

In fact, the hard puncher from New York City even offered to take on Plant whenever he would like.

“That fight was cute,” said Plant via Twitter. “Let me know when you ready to get kissed by these fist.”

For Berlanga, if he were somehow able to skip the line and jump right into a contest with Plant, it would be considered a major step up in competition for the 23-year-old.

At the moment, Berlanga (16-0, 16 KOs) has yet to face anyone in the top 15 of the 168-pound division, let alone someone the caliber of Plant. But while Berlanga is still attempting to build his resume, he has seemingly captured the attention of most of the boxing public. The reason for his growing fanbase is simple, the Puerto Rican native hits unbelievably hard.

Currently, Berlanga has yet to find an opponent who can make it out of the first round. Regardless of the quick outcomes of his contests, Berlanga has stated on numerous occasions that he is more than just a power puncher.

Although he may have called for a showdown with Plant (21-0, 12 KOs), the IBF champion has his eyes set on WBA, WBC and Ring magazine titlist, Canelo Alvarez. With Plant successfully defending his world title last night, and with Alvarez penciled in to take on mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim followed by WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders, the two are seemingly headed towards an undisputed matchup should everything fall into place.

As for what’s next for Berlanga, he has set his sights on a possible showdown with fringe contender Gabe Rosado.

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Caleb Plant Blames David Benavidez: “He Loses The Belt To Cocaine, Then Loses It On The Scales, I’m Not The Hold-up”

Posted on 01/22/2021

By: Hans Themistode

There’s a huge misconception going around according to Caleb Plant concerning his super middleweight showdown with David Benavidez. For years now, both fighters have spent most of their time calling each other out at every turn. However, the persistent derogatory words hurled at one another haven’t led to any signed bout agreements.

While most of the boxing world is still pissed off that their contest hasn’t come to fruition, Plant urges the public to place the blame where it rightfully belongs.

“He’s the one who keeps losing the belt,” said Plant to ThaBoxingVoice during a recent interview. “He loses the belt to cocaine, he gets it back then loses it on the scales. I’m not the hold-up.”

To Plant’s credit, the IBF belt holder is completely right. After winning the WBC super-middleweight title against Ronald Gavril in February of 2018, Benavidez was busted for cocaine use and subsequently suspended and stripped. The 24-year-old would return to the ring roughly one and a half years later, making quick work of fringe contender J’Leon Love before ultimately ripping away his lost title out of the hands of Anthony Dirrell.

A feeling of déjà appeared however, as Benavidez would have his title reign truncated yet again. This time, due to his failure to make weight in his most recent contest against Roamer Angulo.

Although Benavidez doesn’t currently hold a world title, the Phoenix native has still called for Plant to “man up” and face him in the ring. While Plant admits that he does, in fact, want to get his hands on his long-time rival, he’ll ultimately have to twiddle his thumbs and wait his turn.

“I have a mandatory and then me and Canelo are going to make that fight happen. At this point, he’s going to have to sit off to the side cause he keeps fucking up. He’s going to have to wait his turn. He’s going to have to be a good little boy and wait his turn. In life, you don’t get to just keep messing up and messing up and keep skipping the line. That’s not how it works in boxing and that’s not how it works in life.”

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Caleb Plant Explains Went Wrong In Canelo Alvarez Fight Negotiations And Why He’s Taking On Caleb Truax

Posted on 01/12/2021

By: Hans Themistode

The disgruntled moans and eye rolls were present amongst virtually all fight fans the moment Caleb Plant announced his next fight. The IBF super-middleweight belt holder is officially set to take on former titlist Caleb Truax on January 30th, at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, California.

The disappointment that was etched on the faces of fans, mostly stems from the other big-name opponents in his weight class. With names such as David Benavidez, Billy Joe Saunders and of course, Canelo Alvarez, many were expecting Plant to take on a much tougher task.

Be that as it may, there’s a method to Plant’s madness. The Nashville, Tennessee native was last seen in the ring roughly nine months ago against mandatory challenger Vincent Feigenbutz. His showdown with Truax is yet another mandatory challenger. And while he isn’t the most recognizable name in the world, Plant (20-0, 12 KOs) explains exactly why he’s elected to face him anyway.

“It’ll be a back to back mandatory for me, which is the reason why we’re taking this fight,” said Plant during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “That leaves me a year’s worth of open and free fights to fight whoever, wherever and whenever. I’ll have a year free for Canelo or whoever wants to make a unification fight.”

Should everything go according to Plant’s plan, a matchup with Alvarez is the one he craves the most. Before a contract containing Truax’s name on it slid across the desk of Plant, the 28-year-old attempted to finalize an agreement to face Alvarez in late December. Those plans however, no matter how badly he wanted it, were immediately nixed by manager Luis DeCubas.

Simply put, DeCubas believed that no matter how many zero’s were at the end of his career-high paycheck, putting his fighter at a decided disadvantage wouldn’t be worth it.

“It’s a fight that I wanted,” explained Plant. “I’m a fighter, that’s what I wanna do but my manager Luis DeCubas just felt like with that being five weeks away, which is about four weeks of training, he just felt like a fight of that magnitude that he didn’t want to pull the trigger on it. I respect Luis for that because that’s a fight that he would’ve made a big payday on to. I’m a fighter, I want to fight, that’s what I love to do.”

For Alvarez, the Mexican product accepted Plant’s no at the negotiating table and instead, went on to dish out a one-sided beating to Callum Smith. The win for Alvarez may have netted him the WBA, WBC and Ring magazine titles, but in the eyes of many, it also pushed him towards the number one pound for pound spot.

Unlike Plant, Smith didn’t hesitate to accept the short notice fight. While Plant tips his cap towards the former champion for stepping into the ring, he also believes he knows why Smith opted to take the fight with such little time to prepare.

“It’s commendable for anyone to lace up the gloves to get in there with Canelo but at the end of the day I kinda feel like that was a money grab.”

With a showdown against Alvarez the ultimate goal, Plant’s contest against Truax could serve as a trap fight. However, with the biggest bout of his life just within arms distance, Plant won’t allow Truax to ruin the party.

“I’m not looking past January 30th or Caleb Truax. He’s upset people before. He’s a former world champion. Not looking past him but after I stop him, I think me and Canelo are going to have that fight that everyone wants.”

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Caleb Plant On Canelo Alvarez In The Super Middleweight Division: “It’s Not Big Enough For Both Of Us”

Posted on 12/27/2020

By: Hans Themistode

At the moment, the super middleweight division occupies over 1,500 boxers. Several of them are contenders, a handful are champions and a select few are at the very top of the weight class. No matter the rankings, each 168 pounder is given their own time to shine.

Yet, even with a wide variety of names associated with the division, IBF belt holder Caleb Plant (20-0, 12 KOs) is under the impression that there just isn’t enough room at the top of the mountain top for both himself and unified champion Canelo Alvarez.

“It’s not big enough for both of us,” said Plant to Brian Kenny during a recent interview. “At some point, we’re going to have to get this figured out.”

If it were up to Plant, determining who is the best in the division between the pair, is a question that would have been answered roughly one week ago. Before Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) opted to take on former WBA/Ring magazine super middleweight titlist Callum Smith on December 19th, Plant was seemingly in the driver’s seat for a showdown with Alvarez.

The former four-division champion attempted to negotiate with Plant’s representatives to bring forth a matchup between them. However, talks broke down for a variety of reasons which forced Alvarez to head towards a contest with Smith.

Despite giving up several inches in both height and reach, Alvarez handed smith a one-sided thrashing. At the moment, team Canelo is negotiating terms with promoter Eddie Hearn on a two fight deal that would see the Mexican product face-off against Avni Yildirim and WBO belt holder Billy Joe Saunders.

Regardless of Alvarez heading in another direction, Plant still firmly wants their contest to come to fruition. Not only does the 28-year-old view their showdown as inevitable, but the undefeated belt holder also believes that when they do matchup, a victory is predestined.

“I know that’s a fight that me and him both want. At some point me and Canelo are going to get in there and do our thing. We will have our showdown and when we do, I can promise you it’s going to be fireworks. I think Canelo is a great fighter but I feel like I have all the tools and the weapons to beat him. I will get my hand raised when we fight, I can assure you that.”

For years now, Alvarez has found himself constantly called out from fighters residing in various divisions for a multitude of reasons. For starters, Alvarez is considered the best pound for pound fighter in the world by most. Not only would a win over the former four-division titlist elevate his successor’s name value, but a showdown against him, win or lose, fattens the wallets of whomever he faces.

While the record-setting payday is something that he would thoroughly enjoy, Plant isn’t worried about how many zero’s are at the end of his paycheck.

“This isn’t about money for me. It’s about legacy and respect. I want to cement my legacy.”

A showdown with Alvarez might be what he craves most, but at the moment, Plant is focused on someone else entirely.

On January 30th, Plant will look to defend his title against former belt holder Caleb Truax. Regardless of the outside noise surrounding a potential matchup with Alvarez, Plant is looking forward to defending his title. In doing so, the Nashville Tennessee, native believes that despite how good he’s looked in past fights, come January 30th, he will look like a completely different animal.

“I just keep getting better and better. Come next fight, I can assure you this will be the best Caleb Plant that you’ve seen yet.”

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Who Should Canelo Alvarez Face Next?

Posted on 12/20/2020

By: Hans Themistode

Before Canelo Alvarez is given the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the fruits of labor, he is immediately bombarded with the same tiresome questions.

Who’s next?

After ripping away both the WBA and Ring magazine super middleweight titles from British native Callum Smith, Canelo Alvarez has a long line of competitors claiming to be the only one suitable to knock the Mexican product off his high horse. While Alvarez has spent the past two years campaigning in three separate weight classes, there simply isn’t a clear cut choice in terms of someone who would be favored to take him down.

With that being said, we’ve done our best to put together the three best options for the four division titlist to mull over for his next ring appearance.

Jermall Charlo

Squeezing back down to the middleweight division seems a bit unlikely for Alvarez at this point in time. But that doesn’t mean he can’t or won’t look to head eight pounds south in the near future. If he does, the obvious name for him to face would be long time rival Gennadiy Golovkin. With two unbelievably close contests already in the books, a third would close the chapter between the two once and for all.

With that being said, at the age of 38, while he’s still great, Golovkin simply isn’t what he used to be. A matchup between the pair would more than likely result in one way traffic in favor of Alvarez. Should he take on WBC titlist Jermall Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) however, the results would be something else entirely. For Houston’s Charlo, he dwarfs Alvarez and has the sort of punching power that may deter him from bulldozing right in.

It’s a matchup that Alvarez would still be favored in, but still, Charlo would give him one helluva fight.

Caleb Plant

Just a few weeks ago, this wouldn’t have been on this list as the two were close to finalizing an agreement to face off. Yet, things fell through due to various reasons. Sure Alvarez just made easy work of the much bigger Callum Smith, but in facing Caleb Plant (20-0, 12 KOs) he would present the pound for pound star with different problems entirely.

When it comes to the 168-pound landscape, former two time world champion David Benavidez is thought to be the biggest threat to Alvarez. Yet, that just isn’t the case. The 24 year old undoubtedly has fast hands and huge power but he’s slow on his feet and comes straight ahead. Stylistically, those sorts of fighters have been easy pickings for Alvarez.

In the case of Plant, he’s much more in the mold of an Erislandy Lara, a pure boxer who gave Alvarez all sorts of trouble when the two met in 2014. Granted, Alvarez is a much different fighter now, but still, coming straight ahead against a counter puncher as good as Alvarez just doesn’t seem like the way to beat him.

Artur Beterbiev

Canelo Alvarez has never had an issue facing men who were bigger and stronger than he was. But, when it comes to unified light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev – he’s much bigger and much stronger then anyone Alvarez has ever faced.

In short, Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) has frightening power. When previously discussing David Benavidez and his tailor-made game for Alvarez, Beterbiev would fight him in the same manor. The difference however, is that Beterbiev isn’t the sort of fighter you want to sit in the pocket with and exchange punches with.

While this would quite possibly be the toughest fight of his career, Alvarez has already reiterated that the super middleweight division is where he feels the most comfortable. With that being said, team Canelo has also expressed a desire to face the best, and in terms of Artur Beterbiev, there gets no better than him.

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David Benavidez Urges Caleb Plant To Forget Canelo Showdown: “You Talk All That Shit, You Gotta Come Show Me”

Posted on 11/12/2020

By: Hans Themistode

For years now, IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant and former WBC belt holder David Benavidez have thrown shots at each other over social media. Fans however, would love to see both fighters throw blows inside of the ring.

After surfacing as one of the top candidates for a showdown with Canelo Alvarez, Plant (20-0, 12 KOs) has expressed an interest in making that matchup happen later on this year. Yet, with there reportedly not being enough time to promote an event of that magnitude, Alvarez now appears to be on the verge of inking a contract to face off against WBA belt holder Callum Smith instead.

Plant, not pleased with the recent developments, turned to social media to post an image of a wolf devouring another animal with the caption: “Put a fucking date on it and let me pull up and do my thing. I’m ready this year. Whenever, wherever.”

Despite his pleas, Plant appears to be on the outside looking in, at least for the time being. If however, the IBF belt holder still wants a high profile matchup, then Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) would love to face him.

“You talk all that shit you gotta come show me,” said Benavidez on his social media account. “We ain’t running from nobody.”

Plant, 28, was last seen inside of the ring in mid-February against fringe contender Vincent Feigenbutz. Plant toyed with his man before ending the night in the tenth round. The win for the Nashville, Tennessee native marked the second of his title reign. For Benavidez though, the soon to be 23 year old has had numerous title reigns truncated.

After winning the vacant strap against Ronald Gavril via split decision in 2017, Benavidez would win the immediate rematch more convincingly. Shortly after the contest, a suspension due to cocaine would see his victory short lived as he was suspended for four months and stripped of his title. He would return to the ring one year later and make short work of J’Leon Love and followed that up with a ninth round stoppage over Anthony Dirrell to win his title back.

Again, his reign was short lived, this time on the scales before his contest against Roamer Alexis Angulo. The forfeiture of his title though, hasn’t stopped the pugnacious knockout artist from calling out Plant for a showdown.

For the 23-year-old, his patience is growing thin.

“Let’s get this shit done I’m tired of waiting to fight you. Since you got so much balls why don’t you send that contract this way. Let’s finally give the people this fight.”

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Canelo Alvarez Reportedly Eyeing Showdown Against Caleb Plant

Posted on 11/06/2020

By: Hans Themistode

With his legal issues reportedly behind him, Canelo Alvarez could be on the verge of entering the ring after sitting idly by for an entire year.

According to multiple reports, Alvarez is eyeing a showdown with IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant in mid-December. Nothing is official as of yet, but a deal could be imminent.

For Alvarez, 2020 has been a trying year. After unifying titles in his victory against former middleweight belt holder Daniel Jacobs in May of 2019, Alvarez quickly followed it up with an 11th round knockout win over Sergey Kovalev. The win netted the Mexican product a world title in his fourth weight class having moved up to light heavyweight.

Shortly, after stopping Kovalev in their contest, Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) wasted little time in vacating his newly won title and elected to campaign in the super middleweight division. The options seemed endless for his next contest. However, a public feud with streaming company DAZN and Golden Boy Promotions, paired with a worldwide pandemic, and Alvarez was left sequestered on the sidelines.

With that being said, things appear to be looking up for the Mexican superstar. Roughly two months ago in September, Alvarez sued both parties for their lack of getting him a fight and for a breach of contract. Alvarez was guaranteed north of 30 million per fight with his then record setting 11 fight 365 million dollar deal.

Yet, with DAZN not willing to pay Alvarez fully what he believed was owed to him, along with their insistence in him facing opponents of their choosing, he filed suit against everyone involved. No solution was reported on the case but with Alvarez’s trainer in Eddy Reynoso releasing a statement that his fighter is in fact a free agent and no longer legally bound to either DAZN or Golden Boy Promotions, everything else regarding the case seems to have fallen in his favor.

As for his interest in Plant (20-0, 12 KOs), Alvarez has long viewed a matchup between them as an intriguing one. Plant, 28, won the IBF super middleweight title with an upset win over Jose Uzcategui in 2019. Since then, he has gone on to defend his title twice. The first came against Mike Lee via third round stoppage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. His second defense took place earlier this year at the expense of Vincent Feigenbutz.

Plant has always thrown his name into the mix in terms of a possible showdown with Alvarez. Still, the Nashville, Tennessee native believed his chances were slim.

At the moment, there are still details to be worked out, but with Reynoso revealing on ESPN Deportes that he has kept Alvarez in the gym with the hopes of landing him a marquee fight, it appears that Alvarez will, in fact, enter the ring before the year comes to a close.

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Caleb Plant: “I am The Best 168 Pound Champion”

Posted on 06/12/2020

By: Hans Themistode

Caleb Plant seemingly came out of nowhere. 

For much of his career he was viewed as a good boxer who was nothing more than that, not great. So when it was announced that he was taking on then IBF belt holder Jose Uzcategui in early 2019, a knockout win for the champion was a guarantee. Yet, Plant went on to dominate his man over 12 rounds and win his first world title. 

He was the new hot face in the Super Middleweight division. Fast forward one year later however, and he’s been made to feel somewhat obsolete due to the arrival of a certain fighter. Something that Plant disagrees with whole heartedly.

“Canelo is not controlling 168,” said Plant during a recent interview with Boxingscene. “I’m controlling 168. I’m going to be right here for a minute.”

Canelo Alvarez has been somewhat of a rabbit over the past few years. Jumping from weight class to weight class in search of carrots, or in his case, titles. 

By all accounts it’s been mission accomplished by Alvarez. He successfully captured three world titles from Gennadiy Golovkin in 2018 in the Middleweight division. Three months later he moved up eight pounds to stop WBA Regular champion Rocky Fielding. 

Alvarez spent his 2019 campaign unifying Middleweight titles against Daniel Jacobs before moving up yet again to grab the WBO Light Heavyweight belt off Sergey Kovalev. Now, with so much flux in weight, he seems settled into the 168 pound division. 

Alvarez, along with WBC belt holder David Benavidez, WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders and WBA titlist Callum Smith has Plant looking at plenty in terms of competition. But the names and fame that they attract isn’t concerning to the IBF champion. He simply wants them to line themselves up against the wall and watch them fall over like bowling pins.

“I feel that I am the best 168 pound champion that there is. I am the most well rounded. I have the best boxing IQ. I have all of the tools to beat every champion. All of them are good at this and that, but they can’t make the adjustments that I can.”

With most of the world still forced to sequester themselves as they deal with COVID-19, no fans are expected to be in attendance for a boxing match anytime soon. Plant could opt for a soft touch for his ring return. Someone to just keep the COVID-19 induced rust off. But that doesn’t interest him at the moment. He wants to make it clear that he isn’t eschewing anyone.

“I want a unification match,” said Plant. “I’m not doing any catchweights or 10-round fights. I’m a world champion, 12-round fighter who will fight in my weight class at 168. I’m 13 pounds away from weight right now. I’m in shape. I’ve been running. The only thing that I haven’t been doing is sparring because we have a pandemic on our hands.”

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Caleb Plant to Daniel Jacobs: “I Just Don’t Think He’s An A Class Fighter”

Posted on 04/26/2020

By: Hans Themistode

Caleb Plant has always let his feelings be known about the Super Middleweight division. 

The IBF champion has taken shots at former belt holder Anthony Dirrell, calling him “old” and saying he “doesn’t have much left in the tank.” He’s dismissed the chances of WBA belt holder Callum Smith beating him. And Plant’s war of words with WBC titlist David Benavidez has also been in the news for the past few years. But now, Plant has his eyes set on another big name fighter. One who’s new to his division.

“He’s been beat,” said Plant when asked about his thoughts on former Middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs. “He’s been in some tough fights and I just don’t think that he’s an A class fighter. Not everyone is an A class fighter right now, but as they go through their career they continue to get better and better and they become an A class fighter. He’s not going to do that. He’s not on the way, he isn’t 25 or 27, he’s out man he’s had his chance.”

This unexpected beef between them started a few weeks ago when Jacobs was asked a question about who he believes is the best champion in his new weight class.

“To say who’s the best is kinda hard to say. But I would say, I mean, all those guys are top,” Jacobs said. “I would probably put Plant at the bottom of those names that you just named. I think Plant is good, but I think, you know, I think he can be beat. He’s beatable. I see a lot of flaws in his game.”

Most fighters tip toe into a division, Jacobs (36-3, 30 KOs) though, stomped his way through. 

The former Middleweight belt holder made it look easy against the perpetually underachieving Julio Cesar Chavez Jr on December 20th, 2020. Handing him an early Christmas present in the form of a fifth round one sided beating. 

Now that he’s gotten his feet wet, Jacobs is ready to jump right into the deep end. A matchup with Plant (20-0, 12 KOs) isn’t entirely likely but with COVID-19, forcing the sport of boxing into an expected tailspin, there is no telling what matchups we could be presented with when things resume. 

On paper, Jacobs has the advantage in roughly every category. Whether it’s strength of resume or just overall punching power, Jacobs has the edge. Something that Plant wouldn’t and couldn’t argue. But being called “beatable” by a fighter who already has three losses on his resume is something that Plant doesn’t want to hear come out of the mouth of Jacobs.

“He keeps saying how beatable I am but as of now I’m undefeated. You’re old, you’re on your way out.”

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Daniel Jacobs Rates David Benavidez The Best and Caleb Plant The Worst Amongst The 168 Pound Champions

Posted on 04/01/2020

By: Hans Themistode

Daniel Jacobs seemed to be enjoying his brief time at his new division. After years of struggling to make the 160 pound limit, Jacobs made the call to move up eight pounds. The results so far have been pretty good. A fifth round stoppage win against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in his last ring appearance. 

Although it’s long been proven that Chavez Jr won’t live up to his father’s name, he is still a solid opponent. Jacobs made it look easy when the two faced off on December 20th, at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, in Phoenix Arizona. 

With Jacobs no longer having to worry about cutting any extra weight, he feels somewhat free in his new weight class. Still, that doesn’t mean things will be easy. 

October 27, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Danny Jacobs and Sergey Derevyanchenko during their bout for the vacant IBF middleweight championship at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA

At the moment, the 168 pound division is known as one of the best in all of boxing. With champions such as IBF belt holder Caleb Plant, WBC champion David Benavidez, WBA titlist Callum Smith and WBO champ Billy Joe Saunders, the path to another title won’t be easy for Jacobs. Yet, during a recent FaceTime interview with promoter Eddie Hearn, he did give his opinion on who he believes is the weak link out of that championship bunch. 

“To say who’s the best is kinda hard to say. But I would say, I mean, all those guys are top,” Jacobs said. “I would probably put Plant at the bottom of those names that you just named. I think Plant is good, but I think, you know, I think he can be beat. He’s beatable. I see a lot of flaws in his game.”

With just 20 fights under his record, Plant would seem to have the least experience. But many peg him as the best boxer at 168. 

With boxers, along with most of the world, having absolutely nothing to do thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, it shouldn’t take long for Plant to hear what Jacobs feels about him. 

The former Middleweight champ doesn’t just have an eye on Plant though, but every single one of the champions. Including the one name he believes is better than the rest. 

“As far as Benavidez, he’s probably the strongest that I’ve seen amongst those guys that you just mentioned. But now that I’m coming up to the super middleweight division, it’s interesting. And now these guys have my attention. I’m gonna be studying, looking forward to what’s next, what’s best for me and my career.”

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