Caleb Plant vs David Benavidez needs to happen next!
When it comes to the super middleweight division (168), the potential for great fights are endless among the head-pack of fighters. With the official addition of the face of boxing, Canelo Alvarez (54-1-3, 36KOs), the division is even hotter! He dominated former super WBA Super Middleweight champion Callum “Mundo” Smith (27-1, 19KOs) over twelve rounds, claiming the WBA title as well as the vacant WBC title back in December of 2020. However, Alvarez is not the only name worth talking about when it comes to the division. You have WBO champion Billy “Superb” Joe Saunders (30-0, 14KOs), a likely foe of the Mexican superstar sometime in 2021, looking to show he’s the best guy in the division. Then you have IBF champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (20-0, 12KOs) and former WBC champion David “Red Flag” Benavidez (23-0, 20KOs).
THE FIGHT TO MAKE AT 168!
Both Plant and Benavidez genuinely do not like each other. A few years back, Plant and the Benavidez camp exchanged words after a Plant workout that ultimately led to a small skirmish and shoving match. Since that moment, both guys have called each other out in a disrespectful manner throughout social media. These two feel that they are the best in the division and their fans feel the same way. However, the only way to prove that is to step into the ring and fight.
Both men are due back into the ring against opponents they should defeat. For Plant, he will defend his IBF title against a man who used to hold the very same title, Caleb Truax (31-4-2, 19KOs), on January 30. Less than two months later, Benavidez returns to ring on March 13 against Ronald Ellis (18-1, 12KOs). Assuming both men are victorious, and Alvarez and Saunders moves forward, this is the best fight at 168 to make. It might not be the biggest, but the buildup, dislike and skills each fighter possesses will make for one hell of a matchup!
Let’s hope these two lock horns in 2021!
By: Jerrell Fletcher