Jacobs Thinks Caleb Plant is the Weakest 168lbs Champ
At the moment, it seems that former middleweight champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (36-3, 30 KO’s) is looking to make a home in the super middleweight division. In fact, his last professional contest, against Julio Chavez Jr (51-4-1, 33 KO’s), was staged at 168. The move into the new territory should come as no grand surprise. Jacobs was always a big middleweight and in recent years he has had increasing difficulty make the weight.
Having grown tired of that draining song and dance, the Miracle Man has opted to take his talents up one division north. When thinking about making this trek up, the next natural question is who would he fight? Of course Jacobs wants to become a champion once again, so how does Jacobs view the title holders at 168?
JACOBS 168 PECKING ORDER
After going live on one of his social media accounts, with promoter Eddie Hearn, Jacobs spoke very candidly on how he saw the landscape at the super middleweight division.
When Hearn questioned the Miracle Man about who he thought was the cream of the crop of the 168 champions, Jacobs surprised the fight hustler by putting David Benavidez on the top of the pile. At the same time, Jacobs felt that of the elite in the division, Caleb Plant, Benavidez’s main divisional rival, was at the bottom of the barrel. This is not to say that he feels any of these competitors are lacking in skill or ability. Yet, it if forced to rank them, this is how he felt.
“Who is the best? It’s kind of hard to say, all those guys are top. I would probably put Plant on the bottom of those names that you just named. I think that Plant is good but I think that he can be beat, he is beatable, I see a lot of flaws in his game. But as far as Benavidez, he is probably the strongest that I have seen amongst all the guys that you just mentioned.” ~Daniel Jacobs, former middleweight champion
PLANT’S NONCHALANT RETORT
Since Jacobs made his observations a public matter, IBF world super middleweight champion Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant (20-0, 12 KO’s) had a chance to see and hear what he had to say. In fact, it appeared that Plant was made aware of the sentiments by a fan while he himself was going live on social media. It was apparent that Sweet Hands was not overly concerned with what Jacobs had to say.
“’Danny Jacobs is saying your beatable.’ Well ain’t that motherfucker beatable? Ain’t he already got beat?” ~Caleb Plant, world champion
Given the way that both men are talking, it doesn’t sound like this is an overly-heated rivalry in the making, although Plant versus Jacobs would be an entertaining dust-up. While it doesn’t appear that much more will develop out of this situation, we will certainly keep our ears to the ground to see if anything changes.
By: Bakari Simpson