Plant On Benavidez: ‘It’s The Fight I Want’
On his quest to become the king of the middleweight division, Caleb Plant has been eying David Benavidez for a long time. Over the last few years, Plant (20-0) has done whatever he can to get his attention. There is some idea, however, that Plant has been avoiding Benavidez (22-0).
Speaking on the PBC Podcast, Plant decided to clear the air on the above rumors.
“What about the video of his promoter, Sampson [Lewkowicz] saying he don’t want to fight me until 2021, 2022. Those aren’t my words, that’s not me saying I want to wait,” Plant said, via Boxing Scene. “That’s his team saying they want to wait. That’s their boss saying they want to wait.”
Plant made his professional debut in 2014. He beat Jose Uzcategui for the IBF Super-Middleweight Title to start off 2019. He then fought a series of mandatory challengers; Mike Lee and Vincent Feigenbutz. Plant beat Lee via TKO in July on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao v. Keith Thurman. He then main evented a fight in his hometown against Feigenbutz this past February. Plant beat Feigenbutz via TKO in the 10th round to retain his title. Following the bout, Plant called out Benavidez, who was sitting right next to the ring.
“Everyone knows I want that unification fight with David Benavidez,” Plant stated. “You know who the best 168-pounder is. If you want that, you’ve got to come see me. I want that fight; I’ve been asking for it and I’m tired of waiting!”
As for Benavidez, the 23-year-old made his pro debut in 2013. He won the vacant WBC Super-Middleweight Title against Ronald Gavril in 2017. “Red Flag” has successfully defended it against Gavril and Anthony Dirrell. He was supposed to face mandatory challenger Roamer Alexis Angulo for the title in April, but the fight was postponed due to the coronavirus.
Benavidez appears to want a fight with Plant as he has been calling him out as well. Recently, he called Plant overrated. Something that may take away from the conspiracy is what he stated on Reddit.
“I would unify with Caleb Plant because I feel like that’s the most personal fight there is at super middleweight, so I feel like that would be the best fight there is … Yeah, I believe he wants to fight me,” Benavidez stated. “I believe he thinks he can beat me, but in reality, that’s not gonna happen.”
Plant has since attempted to get the fight up and running. With both needing to face mandatory challengers and the boxing world on hold due to the coronavirus, it may take a while for a match between the two. When it comes to booking the actual fight, however, Plant will not back down.
“I’m saying I want to fight. They’re saying I’m scared. I have a video of his promoter Sampson saying they want to wait, they don’t want to fight right now. It’s on my Instagram,” Plant went on to say. “Those aren’t my words. The only reason I posted it is, like, I’m just clearing the air. There’s no hold up on our side. It’s the fight I want.
“I don’t know how else to say it. I know it’s a big question in boxing and it’s nobody’s fault. But I just don’t know how else to say it. I just think it’s absurd to say that I’m scared of him.”