Jermall Charlo: “Caleb Plant Don’t Want No Smoke With Me”
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.”
Jermall Charlo On David Benavidez: “I Campaign At 160 Bro But The Pressure Is On Me To Move Up To Fight This Clown?”
By: Hans Themistode
Jermall Charlo can hear the demands. He can also feel the squeeze placed on him by the boxing fans. For the past several months, Charlo has engaged in a back and forth war of words with former super middleweight champion David Benavidez.
With the Houston native claiming that he will leave Benavidez comatose if they ever fight, Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) has stood firmly behind his words. At the moment, however, Charlo doesn’t plan on facing him anytime soon. While he still believes he has work to do at 160 pounds, Charlo has become dumbfounded by the number of people who want him to move up to face the 24-year-old knockout artist now.
Regardless of the constant pleas from boxing fans, Charlo is in no rush to make the leap eight pounds north. In fact, if given the choice, he would much rather face someone else he has grown to detest instead.
“I campaign at 160 bro but the pressure is on me to move up to fight this clown?” said Charlo during an interview with Brian Custer on the Last Stand Podcast. “I’ll take the (Demetrius) Andrade fight before that. I’ll stay at 160.”
Although WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade has chased a fight with Charlo for years now, a deal between them has failed to materialize. In the mind of Charlo, a matchup with Andrade makes more sense on many levels. For one, Andrade, like himself, is a middleweight belt holder. In the case of Benavidez (24-0, 21 KOs) on the other hand, he is currently beltless.
While many have viewed Charlo as getting cold feet in an attempt to get out of the fight, the former two-division belt holder just doesn’t believe the fight makes any sense right now.
“I’m the WBC middleweight champion of the world. This dude fights at 168 and he has no belt, no title. I don’t get the duck situation. People just aren’t being smart but that’s part of the game. Me moving up to 168 to fight a nobody, with no belt, for nothing? I might as well go up to 168 and fight a champion.”
Jermall Charlo On Possible David Benavidez Showdown: “He Gets Hit Too Much, I’m A Knock His Little Punk A*s Out”
By: Hans Themistode
If Jermall Charlo gets his hands on David Benavidez, he’s as confident as ever that the outcome won’t be a pretty one for the former super middleweight belt holder.
Charlo, 30, has spent the past several months calling for a showdown between the pair. Despite campaigning one weight class lower, Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) has offered to either face Benavidez (24-0, 21 KOs) at a catchweight or, simply move up completely to the 168-pound division.
Although the 24-year-old is fresh off a one-sided beating against Ronald Ellis this past weekend, stopping him in the 11th round, Charlo noticed several holes in his game.
“Let’s make that fight happen,” said Charlo on the Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer. “I’m a knock his little punk a*s out. I promise that. I put that on everything I love. I’ll give him about four rounds, five rounds, six rounds, no more. He gets hit too much. I’m powerful, I’ll explode on him trust me.”
Supremely interested in the bout himself, Benavidez has tabbed Charlo as the fighter he wants to face above all others. Currently, the Houston native is without a dance partner. He has sat idly by since his win over Sergey Derevyanchenko in September of 2020.
What was thought to be the most difficult contest of his career, turned into one of his easier ones as Charlo pounded the perennial contender over the course of 12 rounds. Following the victory, Charlo has shouted for Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin to take him on next.
Noticing that neither showdown seems likely for the immediate future, Charlo has turned his attention towards Benavidez.
Not one to back down from a challenge, the 24-year-old knockout artist has not only pursued a Charlo showdown but he has set a date of September as when he would like to step into the ring with him.
For Charlo, he appears to be all for making their contest a reality. Much like his moniker of “Lions Only” the former two-division world champion wants to remind everyone, including Benavidez that it isn’t just a nickname but more so a way of life.
“I do my thing, I been doing this all my life. Put me in there, I’m a lion bro, let’s get it.”
David Benavidez: “I Wanna Fight Charlo, He Said He Was Going To Move Up To 168 But Now He’s Back Peddling”
By: Hans Themistode
David Benavidez hadn’t even wiped the blood away from his gloves before turning to the camera and calling out his next opponent.
“I wanna fight Charlo,” said Benavidez during a virtual press conference. “I think that would be a great fight. He was saying all this stuff that he could knock me out, come do it.”
Just moments before daring WBC middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo to step into the ring with him, Benavidez handed fringe contender Ronald Ellis a one-sided beating at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville Connecticut. Each punch that Benavidez landed produced a smile on his 24-year-old face.
After relentlessly tormenting his man for the vast majority of their contest, referee Johnny Callas mercifully called an end to their bout in the 11th.
With unified champion Canelo Alvarez and WBO belt holder Billy Joe Saunders wrapped up in a unification contest that will take place in early May, along with IBF titlist Caleb Plant currently waiting on standby to take on the winner, Benavidez has given his undivided attention to Charlo.
On several occasions the WBC middleweight champion has stated that despite Benavidez campaigning one weight class higher, that he would have no problem moving up in weight and leaving the 24-year-old flat on his back.
Since his bold claims, Charlo has somewhat changed his tune. No longer is he interested in facing Benavidez at 168 pounds, instead, he has offered to take him on at a catchweight. Even if Benavidez were willing to accept his fight terms, Charlo outlined several other demands including Benavidez, along with anyone else he faces, taking a COVID-19 vaccine and refusing to take on anyone under the age of 25. Currently, that would make Benavidez ineligible to placate Charlo’s wishes.
With that said, the former two time super middleweight belt holder is now of the belief that even if he could alter his date of birth documents and get vaccinated, that Charlo would still be hesitant to put his money where his mouth is and make the fight happen.
“He said he was going to move up to 168 but now he’s back peddling. He was saying all this stuff that he could knock me out, come do it.”
While his preference is to face Charlo next, that doesn’t absolve the rest of the super middleweight division. Regardless of Benavidez being one of the youngest and least experienced fighters in his weight class, he won’t back down from his claim that it doesn’t matter who steps into the ring with him next. The end result will be the exact same.
“If anybody thinks it’s an easy task then come see me in the ring. I’ll show you otherwise. I’m willing to fight whoever, I’m not scared of anybody. I’m the youngest guy on this roster and I’ll knock everybody out.”
David Benavidez Wants Less Talking From Jermall Charlo: “If You Really Want To Show Me How Gangsta You Are, See Me In The Ring”
By: Hans Themistode
Jermall Charlo continues to hoot and holler in the direction of David Benavidez. The current WBC middleweight titlist has warned the super middleweight contender on several occasions that he wants to move up in weight and knock him clean out.
Never has Benavidez been one to back away from a challenge so it came as no surprise that he welcomed a showdown against Charlo with open arms. But as Charlo continues to bark in his direction, Benavidez is starting to realize that everything he’s doing is all for show.
“They aren’t calling me out,” said Benavidez during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “They’re talking sh*t for social media. I don’t really be on social media because I make stuff happen in real life.”
Benavidez, 24, is only a few hours away from taking on fringe contender Ronald Ellis at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. With their upcoming showdown pegged as a title eliminator, Benavidez believes he’s just within arms reach of landing a more significant fight. Just who exactly that would be against is a question the former belt holder struggles to answer.
While he admits that a fight with Charlo would be a significant one, he also knows that it takes two to tango. After jumping at the opportunity to face Charlo the moment he was called out, Benavidez slowly began hearing what he believes were excuses and hesitation from the Houston native.
“Charlo said he was going to knock me out and I told him I accept the challenge let’s fight. I’ll knock you the f*ck out. But then he said I needed a Covid vaccine. Then he said he wouldn’t fight anybody under 25. It’s nothing but excuses.”
Even with what Benavidez deems to be “excuses” Charlo continues to point and shout in his direction. Recently, the pugnacious knockout artist suggested a catchweight bout, rather than moving up to the super middleweight division.
In the mind of Benavidez though, that doesn’t make any sense. Charlo has always come off as an aggressive personality and should simply make the move eight pounds north to make things happen. All of that screaming and snarling is unnecessary in his opinion. If Charlo wants to prove that he’s as tough as he says he is, then Benavidez believes he should do less talking and more action.
“If you really want to show me how gangsta you are, see me in the ring. If Charlo wants to grow a set of balls, maybe we can get a fight.”
Even If He Becomes His Mandatory, David Benavidez Doubts Canelo Alvarez Will Face Him: “He Has A History Of Vacating Titles”
By: Hans Themistode
David Benavidez doesn’t claim to know everything, however, he does believe he knows how his future will ultimately unfold.
Currently, the former WBC super-middleweight belt holder is patiently watching the clock in his hotel room as he waits for his upcoming showdown against fringe contender Ronald Ellis to finally arrive in what would be his first fight since losing his title on the scales late last year. The two are slated to face off in the main event slot at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Picking up the win this Saturday night is a foregone conclusion to the 24-year-old. But so is a matchup with current unified champion Canelo Alvarez.
“I know I’m going to be the undisputed champion,” said Benavidez during a recent interview with Fight Hub TV. “I know I’m going to be the one to beat Canelo. I’m just waiting for the opportunity.”
With his showdown against Ellis elevated to a WBC world title eliminator, Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) could move one step closer to a matchup with Alvarez.
Well, in theory, yes, but in actuality, Benavidez doesn’t believe so.
“He has a history of vacating titles when he’s meant to fight a strong mandatory. He knows that I’m a threat.”
On numerous occasions, Alvarez has in actuality, vacated his world title. In 2016, two-division world champion Demetrius Andrade claimed that Alvarez avoided a showdown with him when he sat in the mandatory position for the Mexican native’s WBO Jr middleweight world title. Alvarez would, in fact, go on to drop his championship and instead, elected to take on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at a catchweight of 164 pounds. Four months later, Alvarez would then challenge Gennadiy Golovkin.
Similarly enough, current WBC middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo has shared a similar story.
Shortly after Alvarez successfully unified his WBC and WBA middleweight titles by taking the IBF crown held by then-champion Daniel Jacobs in 2019, Charlo called for his chance as he held the WBC interim crown.
Alvarez though, would have his title taken away from him by WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman and instead, replaced with the “Franchise,” tag instead. A new and still confusing term.
In those instances, Alvarez elected to go in another direction but in the case of mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim, the pound-for-pound star faced the Turkish product and made quick work of him, stopping in three rounds just a few weeks ago.
For the most part, fans fulminated over the selection of Yildirim as the mandatory challenger as he held that position even after he was defeated in his most recent fight against Anthony Dirrell more than two years ago. Still, for Benavidez, he wasn’t bothered by the entire ordeal.
The way he see’s it, Yildirim was better off stuffing his pockets with large sums of cash rather than receiving the same sort of beating at his hands for less than half the pay.
“I feel like I definitely deserved the mandatory spot to fight Canelo but if you look at it, Yildirim was mandatory since he lost to Anthony Dirrell two years ago. I really don’t have a problem with that. I feel like Canelo just wanted to stay active and that was probably the easiest fight available to him.
“Yildirim, at the end of the day, every fighter deserves to get paid. I feel like if I was going to fight Yildirim I would’ve knocked him out easily. At least now he made more money for getting knocked out.”
As it currently stands, the entire fight calendar of Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs) this year is completely booked. On May 8th, he is set to take on WBO belt holder Billy Joe Saunders. Should he pick up the win, his goal would be to then move on to an undisputed showdown against IBF titlist Caleb Plant.
At no point has Alvarez mentioned the possibility of taking on Benavidez. But while most might take that as a slight, the 24-year-old views it as a compliment. Although he doesn’t believe team Alvarez would admit it, Benavidez is firmly under the belief that they know deep down inside just how dangerous he is.
“As much as they want to say that I don’t have experience and I have problems with the weight, at the end of the day, they haven’t taken the fight. They’ve been leaving me for last because I’m the hardest out of the bunch. If I was such an easy target, he would’ve taken my WBC title back then.”
David Benavidez: “The Person That I Just Want To Beat The Sh*t Out Of Right Now Is (Jermall) Charlo”
By: Hans Themistode
David Benavidez doesn’t like anyone in or around his 168-pound weight class. Over the years, the former two-time super middleweight world champion has had his fair share of public feuds.
Amongst them have been current IBF titlist, Caleb Plant.
Whenever an opportunity to name his most disliked fighter came along, Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) wasted no time in naming the Nashville Tennessee native. Recently however, Benavidez has found himself sharing war words with another fighter. The back and forth rhetoric between the pair has now gotten to the point where he has officially usurped Plant as the one fighter Benavidez despises the most.
“The person that I just want to beat the sh*t out of right now is (Jermall) Charlo,” said Benavidez during a recent interview. “He was talking sh*t about me.”
For the Arizona native, he still struggles in his attempt to pinpoint when exactly his issues with Charlo first began. In his opinion, he has always held the surly knockout artist in high regard. Despite his fuzzy memory, Benavidez believes the line of respect was officially crossed. Now, there’s no turning back.
“The way this started off is they would ask me about Charlo cause they were saying he was going to come up to 168,” explained Benavidez. “I never disrespected him, I said it would be a great fight. I’m actually a fan of Charlo I like the way he fights. Stylistically he’s a brawler, I’m a brawler so you get nothing but fireworks at the end.
“I guess he must’ve felt some type of way about it because he was doing an interview and he was just like he would snap my f*cking neck and beat the sh*t out of me,” continued Benavidez. “So I’m like okay mother f*cker, your gonna beat the sh*t out of me? Well, let’s get it then.”
Although Benavidez gets increasingly agitated while discussing Charlo, the former multiple-time belt holder will get a chance to take out his aggression on fringe contender Ronald Ellis. The two are slated to face one another this coming weekend at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville Connecticut.
Should he get past Ellis, Benavidez could find himself as the mandatory challenger to unified champion Canelo Alvarez as his showdown with Ellis is a title eliminator.
But while he would love the opportunity to face Alvarez, Benavidez appears to be more fixated in taking on Charlo.
The current WBC middleweight titlist has made his feelings known in terms of facing the acrimonious Benavidez.
In numerous interviews over the past several months, the Houstonian has claimed that he would be moving up to the super middleweight division soon to get his hands on Benavidez. If, however, the former champion can’t wait until he is a full-fledged 168 pounder, then Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) has offered to take him on at a catchweight instead.
Nevertheless, Benavidez has declined Charlo’s catchweight option and implore’s him to make the move eight pounds north to face him in the ring.
With Charlo replacing Caleb Plant as his number one choice as his next opponent after he faces Ellis, that doesn’t mean that Benavidez has now acquired a soft spot for the IBF champion.
In the perfect world, the 24-year-old would rather face them both. But not over the course of several months but rather on the same night.
“I never disrespected him in any type of way but when you tell me your gonna snap my neck and your gonna f*cking knock me out, well you better keep your word. Now we gotta fight. I’m not gonna have anybody talk to me like that. Him, Caleb Plant, I’ll knock both of them the f*ck out in the same night.”
David Benavidez On Caleb Plant: “I Feel Like He’s Just A Weak Champion”
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.”
Jermall Charlo Suggests Catchweight For David Benavidez Showdown: “I Campaign At 160, Benavidez Is At 168, Meet Up Somewhere”
By: Hans Themistode
Jermall Charlo is starting to get pissed off.
On numerous occasions, the WBC middleweight belt holder has called out high-level fighters across various divisions. From IBF 160 champion Gennadiy Golovkin to unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, Charlo wants to take them all on.
Yet, no matter how loud he hoots and hollers about the fighters he wants to face, no one as of yet has taken him up on his offer. Fans, of course, would love to see the Houstonian face the very fighters he’s called out but have grown impatient as he attempts to lure them in the ring. Their impatience has led some of them to jump on Charlo’s case due to the lack of big names he’s faced thus far in his career.
To the surly knockout artist, he understands everyone’s frustration but in turn, he’s getting annoyed with everyone putting the blame on him.
“I’m not a matchmaker,” said Charlo on his Instagram live account. “I wish I could just fight whoever I want to fight.”
Amongst the countless names that Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) has called out, one name that has stuck out is former WBC super-middleweight belt holder David Benavidez. Unlike Alvarez, Golovkin and others that have chosen to flat out ignore Charlo, Benavidez has welcomed a possible showdown against him with open arms.
With both fighters campaigning at different weights however, fans have looked at a possible matchup between the pair as more of a pipe dream. But while Benavidez has no intentions of moving down to 160 pounds and with Charlo not fully ready to move eight pounds north, the middleweight titlist has offered to make things fair by meeting up somewhere in the middle.
“I campaign at 160, Benavidez is at 168. I want to fight the mother f*cker. Meet up somewhere, I’m with it.”
Presently, Benavidez is in the midst of training camp as he prepares to return to the ring on March 13th, against fringe contender Ronald Ellis. Assuming he walks away with the victory, both Charlo and Benavidez could be heading towards a collision course sometime soon.
David Benavidez: “I Would Love To Fight Charlo, I Got The Power To Knock His Ass Out”
By: Hans Themistode
David Benavidez may not say entirely too much but that doesn’t mean he isn’t listening. After wrapping up one of his daily workouts in preparation for his March 13th contest against fringe contender Ronald Ellis, Benavidez took the time to watch a recent interview that was conducted by the BoxingSweetScience2.0 and WBC middleweight belt holder Jermall Charlo.
During their discussion, Charlo was adamant about his ability to move up in weight and stop the much larger Benavidez in a future showdown.
“I’ll knock his ass the f**k out,” said Charlo during the interview. “I’ll move up and get that mother f**ker sooner or later.”
After hearing Charlo’s choice of word’s Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) could only smile as he gave his own prediction on their possible matchup.
“He says he can knock me out but I got the power to knock his ass out too,” said Benavidez during an interview with Esnews. “I would love to fight Charlo.”
While Benavidez would love nothing more than to shut the mouth of Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs), the 24-year-old is still working his way back up the 168-pound ladder.
In what turned out to be the Arizona native’s lone appearance in 2020, he easily dealt with Roamer Alexis Angulo by handing him a one-sided beating which resulted in a tenth round stoppage defeat but the highly regarded fighter saw his title reign come to an unexpected end as he was stripped of his belt for failing to make weight.
Regardless of the forfeiture of his title, Benavidez expects to get right back in the championship mix in the near future as he is ranked near the top of just about every sanctioning body in the super middleweight division.
For years now, Benavidez has pushed his chips to the middle of the table in his pursuit of a showdown with IBF titlist Caleb Plant. Recently, Benavidez has also let his feelings be known that newly crowned WBC belt holder Canelo Alvarez is a target on his Hitlist as well.
In terms of Charlo however, the eyes of Benavidez light up whenever his name is mentioned. Although the Houston native is presently campaigning one weight class lower, Benavidez has taken notice of his performances, including a dominant 12 round decision win over Sergiy Derevyanchenko this past September.
Although eight pounds is currently separating the two from making their contest a reality, Charlo has regurgitated on numerous occasions that he fully intends on moving up in weight soon. Should that happen, Benavidez won’t eschew from the two-weight world champion. Instead, he’ll welcome him with open arms.
“I think it would be a great fight, I think people would love to see that fight so I’m all for it.”
Jermall Charlo Eyeing David Benavidez: “I’ll Knock His Ass The F**k Out, I’ll Move Up And Get That Mother F**ker Sooner Or Later”
By: Hans Themistode
Jermall Charlo might be entering only his fourth year in the middleweight division but the surly knockout artist isn’t opposed to moving up in weight.
At the moment, the WBC middleweight belt holder is still holding out hope that a dream matchup against Canelo Alvarez will one day come to fruition. However, the Houston native has expressed serious interest in moving up in weight to take on former super middleweight titlist David Benavidez.
Although Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) campaigns at a higher weight and would hold a two-inch height and four-inch reach advantage in their possible showdown, Charlo could care less about the physical disadvantages he would be facing.
“I don’t care about weight,” said Charlo to BoxingSweetScience2.0 during a recent interview. I’ll move up and get that mother f**ker sooner or later.
Benavidez, 24, has never been one to back down from a challenge. In fact, the Phoenix Arizona product has spoken highly of Charlo’s skills in the past and anticipates a future showdown between the two. Presently though, Benavidez is currently preparing to return to the ring against fringe contender Ronald Ellis on March 13th. While he’s barely lost a round during his eight-year career, Charlo notices holes in his game and if they aren’t corrected, will lead to a painful defeat if and when the two actually do meet in the ring.
“He gets hit way too much. These the type of shots you can’t get hit by like that. I’ll knock his ass the f**k out.”
Despite taking aim at Benavidez, Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) still has work to do in his current weight class. In what turned out to be his lone appearance in the ring in 2020, Charlo had a relatively easy time against perpetual contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Coming into their showdown, many expected the Ukrainian to not only provide Charlo with his stiffest test to date but in the eyes of some, Derevyanchenko was predicted to relieve Charlo of his WBC title.
Those predictions, of course, were found to be laughable as Charlo outboxed and outmuscled his man. The win may have set up a plethora of matchups for him in his division but there is one name Charlo wants above all others.
“Obviously I want Canelo.”
David Benavidez Takes On Ronald Ellis On March 13th
By: Hans Themistode
Former super middleweight belt holder David Benavidez will begin his 2021 campaign with a stiff test as he takes on contender Ronald Ellis. As first reported by The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger, the pair are slated to face off in the main event slot on Showtime on March 13th. Reports also indicate that their showdown is likely to take place in Uncasville Connecticut.
For Benavidez, he’ll look to turn the page on what turned out to be a messy 2020. After spending 11 months on the sidelines mostly due to COVID-19, Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) finally got the ball rolling as he took on Roamer Alexis Angulo. What was originally supposed to be the second defense of Benavidez WBC 168-pound championship, things shifted to a non-title event as Benavidez failed to make weight and was subsequently stripped.
Losing his title however, did nothing to slow down his in-ring momentum as he steamrolled Angulo via tenth round stoppage.
In the case of Ellis (18-1-2, 12 KOs) on the other hand, he also spent the majority of 2020 waiting and hoping to appear in the ring. His wish was granted as he took on perpetual contender Matt Korobov on December 12th. While Ellis seemed troubled by the cagey veteran southpaw early on, he was given a reprieve as Korobov suffered an injury to his left ankle and could not continue. At the time of the stoppage, Korobov was leading on two of the three scorecards.
Caleb Plant Blames David Benavidez: “He Loses The Belt To Cocaine, Then Loses It On The Scales, I’m Not The Hold-up”
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.”
David Benavidez: “I Want Caleb Plant More Than Canelo Right Now”
By: Hans Themistode
Canelo Alvarez has quite possibly the biggest target on his back. With the pound for pound star dipping his toes in multiple weight divisions, he’s been picked out by numerous fighters as their main choice for the person they would love to face the most.
For former super middleweight champion David Benavidez, he also has his eyes set on Alvarez. However, the Mexican superstar isn’t number one on the Hitlist of Benavidez.
“I want Caleb Plant more than Canelo right now,” said Benavidez during an interview with FightHype.
The feud between Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) and IBF belt holder Caleb Plant has been ongoing for several years now. The nonstop trash talk between the two hasn’t resulted in an actual showdown coming to fruition though.
At one point, matching them together was number one on the agenda of Plant. But with Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) letting his feelings known that he would also like to face the IBF titlist, Benavidez has been thrown on the back burner.
While the Arizona native isn’t thrilled that Alvarez has seemingly skipped him on the line to face Plant, he fully understands. The 24-year-old believes that a preceding matchup with himself would put an immediate nail in the coffin of a showdown between Plant and Alvarez.
“Since he’s about to fight Canelo for big-money, obviously they’re going to take that fight. They’re not going to put me in with Caleb Plant because that’s too much of a risk for Caleb Plant. When I beat him he would miss his big payday. At the end of the day, that’s all we’re here for, big pays.”
Before Mexico’s Alvarez dismantled Callum Smith and ripped away his WBA/Ring magazine super middleweight titles on December 19th, Plant was thought to be in the driver’s seat for a possible mega showdown. That, of course, didn’t happen due to various reasons.
Still, Alvarez has expressed a desire to win every world title in his new weight class. Meaning, as long as Plant holds onto his IBF crown, a showdown with the pound for pound star is inevitable.
If, in fact, a unification bout between the pair does take place, Benavidez has a strong hunch on who would emerge victorious.
“They’re both world champions but I feel like Canelo has a little more experience and hits a little bit harder. Caleb Plant has 10 knockouts in 21 fights. For him to beat Canelo he has to be perfect and not get touched. I feel like for Canelo’s rivals, it’s a slim chance of them winning even if they win the fight. They have to win by knockout.”
David Benavidez Shares His Thoughts On Edgar Berlanga: “The People He Knocked Out Are All Bums, I Don’t Think Much Of That Guy”
By: Hans Themistode
Edgar Berlanga has gone from super middleweight prospect to must-watch television in seemingly the blink of an eye. With 16 first-round knockouts, Berlanga has garnered national television due to the savage beatings he’s dished out during his short career.
Names such as recently inducted hall of famer Andre Ward and former two-division titlist Tim Bradley have been left impressed with his performances. So has promoter Bob Arum who’s pegged him to be a possible future star.
But while Berlanga (16-0, 16 KOs) continues to receive pats on the back for a job well done, former super middleweight champion David Benavidez doesn’t understand the hype. The 24-year-old admits that the knockouts are highlight-worthy, but after taking a deep dive into Berlanga’s resume, Benavidez could only come to one conclusion.
“The people that he knocked out are all bums,” said Benavidez during a recent interview on AHAT, a YouTube channel. “They’re all garbage but he makes them look nice.”
Recently, former trainer of long-reigning middleweight titlist Gennadiy Golovkin in Abel Sanchez, spoke glowingly of the skills of Benavidez. Going as far as to say that even as an amateur, Benavidez gave Golovkin all he could handle in sparring. His experience in the unpaid ranks, coupled with his truncated title reigns, has left Benavidez scratching his head as he tries to understand the hype surrounding the new kid on the super middleweight block.
“I been fighting way better competition since I was 17 years old, 18 years old. He’s 23 years old now and he’s fighting nobodies. If that makes him and his team feel good than to each their own.”
Not only does Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) struggle to recognize any of the names on Berlanga’s resume but the Arizona native doesn’t see the benefit in what he’s accomplishing. The quick nights at the office may have netted Berlanga a few newfound celebrity friends as well as daily appearances on Sports Centers highlight reel, but Benavidez is under the impression that his growth is being stunted and the pressure is mounting.
“It’s cool but the thing about knocking people out in the first hard is now there’s pressure. He’s throwing everything in the first round. There’s a lot of stuff in this professional game that he has to learn. You have to learn how to go a couple rounds, throw a couple jabs, set some guys up. You don’t always have to go for the finish every first round but now that people are making a big deal out of it he’s putting a lot of pressure on himself to knock people out in the first round.”
For Berlanga, there’s a certain aura of invincibility that is accompanying him and his current streak. No matter how hard his opponents attempt to simply make it through the first three minutes, it’s become virtually impossible up until this point. To Benavidez though, it’s all a lie. Berlanga may seem unbeatable but the former titleholder has seen him lose time and time again.
“I have a couple videos of him getting knocked out in the amateurs. I just saw a video of Erickson Lubin beating him up so I don’t think much of that guy.”
Despite not believing in the hype, Berlanga would love to share with the up and comer from Brooklyn, New York. He doesn’t anticipate that it will happen now, but as long as Berlanga continues to win, Benavidez views their clash as inevitable.
“We’ll see where he get to. That’s definitely a fight that I wanna make happen in the future.”