Caleb Plant Planning to Challenge Benavidez or Charlo Next!
On October 15, one-time super middleweight champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (21-1, 12 KO’s) will test his might against the challenge of Anthony Dirrell. Yet, a fight between Plant and two-time world champion David “Red Flag” Benavidez (26-0, 23 KO’s) would have been much more happily accepted by the fans. The two have been hovering around one another in the division for years. They have been trading shots and talking trash with one another for just about the same amount of time.
Naturally both teams accuse the other of being the reason that the match has not taken place so far. This type of behavior is just par for the course in boxing. Luckily, it sounds like this might be a thing of the past. During a recent Q&A that was staged on The Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer, when asked about Benavidez, Sweethands expressed his desire to finally put this rivalry to bed.
“Yes, that is the fight that I want, that’s the fight that the fans want, that’s the fight that boxing needs and so I am going to step right to that!”
WHO WANTS THIS WORK?!
While on the one-hand it’s good to hear that Plant is going to put real energy into facing Red Flag, there is a bit of a room left for apprehension. Certainly it takes two to tango, but Sweethands kind of sounds like he is already preparing to not dance with Benavidez.
“Right after Dirrell, my plan is to step to make the biggest fight I possibly can in the super middleweight division and if that’s with David Benavidez then that is the fight I want to make. And if for some reason he’s acting silly, acting funny, because they say a lot of things, but behind closed doors it’s not the same thing that they say. They say that they want to fight knowing that me and them both got a fight lined up and then mine comes out and they want to make it seem like I’m ducking.”
Of course, no one wants to see this fight continue to go unrealized. Yet, Sweethands does have a very pleasing back up plan in mind!
“So if they [Team Benavidez] want to act funny, then I’m going to step right to [Jermall] Charlo and we’ll make that fight happen! I’m not playing with none of these boys, I’m not playing with none of them! I am going to whoop Dirrell and then I am going to step right to David or right to Charlo and we can make either one happen!”
Assuming that Plant gets past Dirrell, let’s hope that he and Benavidez can finally settle this raging rivalry in the ring! Yet, first things being first, let’s see how, or if, Sweethands can handle his business on October 15.
By: Bakari Simpson