Caleb Plant Reacts To Not Getting Canelo Alvarez Fight
Caleb Plant has spoken out on not getting a fight against Canelo Alvarez.
Before Canelo vs. Callum Smith was booked for December 19, there was talk of having Canelo fight IBF Super-Middleweight Champion Plant. The bout fell through and reports noted that the timing simply wasn’t right. Canelo will now meet Smith inside Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
During an interview with BoxingScene.com, Plant talked about not getting a showdown with Canelo.
“It was brought to my attention that this was something that could happen (on Dec. 19). It wasn’t like they came to me with an offer even though I had an idea what I could make off a fight like that. But it’s not like they came to me and said, ‘This is what you’re gonna make.’ It wasn’t detailed, just a potential thing and they were working to get it done and they couldn’t come to terms on it with Canelo.”
Plant wants to make it clear that he did not turn down an opportunity to fight Canelo and he wants the fight down the road.
“I think that would be a great fight and that’s a fight that I really want. There was a lot of talk going around that I should stay ready, Caleb’s not ready. That’s not the case at all. With Canelo leaving Golden Boy and Oscar (De La Hoya) and looking to venture out, and maybe signing with somebody or doing a one-fight deal with a multitude of companies, whatever deal that him and Al and the PBC team were trying to work out for him to come over here that’s what didn’t materialize.
“Hopefully, this interview can clear up some confusion on me turning it down or saying I’m not ready. That definitely is not the situation. I’m not sure what it would take to get Canelo to come to PBC to have a fight over here but as far as everything with me I’m not hard to make a fight with. I’ve been in the gym. When I came off my fight in February and I had been in a long camp I felt like it would be better to get the rest and not rush into anything. But this (possible December fight) was not a situation like this. I’ve been resting through the quarantine but I have been working. I would have been ready (for Dec. 19).”