Benavidez Promises Caleb Plant Gets KO-ed By Canelo Or Him
On Saturday night, former WBC Super Middleweight champion David Benavidez was in attendance for the Showtime- PBC Championship fight card in Carson, California. And, Benavidez made it very clear that he knows what will happen to IBF 168 lb. champ, Caleb Plant, whether he fights Canelo Alvarez, or… him.
Benavidez spoke briefly to media gathered at ringside prior to the action getting underway, and the Athletic’s Lance Pugmire was rolling video. And, let’s just say the unbeaten Benavidez didn’t hold back on his criticism of Plant and also of WBC Middleweight champion Jerrmall Charlo. Observe,
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“Caleb Plant is p—sy. He’s a f—ing p—sy,” Benavidez responded fiercely to a question about Plant saying he can beat Canelo. “I don’t care what he saw. What he thinks, he saw. He’s gonna get knocked out by Canelo. And, if he doesn’t get knocked out by Canelo, he’s gonna get knocked out by David Benavidez.”
Benavidez has been the on again off again WBC Super Middleweight champion having lost the belt twice outside of the ring. The most recent time was back in August, when Benavidez came out of the Covid-19 shutdown of the sport some 3 lb. overweight for his scheduled title defense against Alexis Angulo.
He had been previously stripped for a positive, pre-fight cocaine test three years ago.
Benavidez went on in August, as expected, to dominate Angulo and stopped him in 10 rounds to improve to 23-0. And, he’s won a subsequent fight over veteran Ronald Ellis by 11th round TKO in March for his 24th victory. This, while watching Canelo fight others in huge payday fights for the opponents over the past five months.
The WBC essentially named Canelo their 168 lb. world champ, when Benavidez imploded out of the ring. And he most recently fought and stopped England’s Billy Joe Saunders in front of 73,000 fans at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX eight days ago.
Meanwhile, the Nashville resident Plant, who is 21-0, has the one remaining belt for four division world champ, Canelo to become Undisputed Super Middleweight champ. However, it won’t be a simple negotiation to get Alvarez to depart from Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing, who he has fought three straight fights with to come to Premier Boxing Champions and fight on either Fox or Showtime PPV.
As for Benavidez, he was also bad mouthing Jermall Charlo Saturday evening,
“I wanted Charlo earlier, but you see who he’s fighting now. We could’ve made a lot of money. Me and him could’ve been a PPV….I was ready to fight him. I thought I was going to get that fight.”
Charlo will make his next defense, when he fights Juan Macias Montiel next month.
When asked about the Charlo negotiations, Benavidez shot back,
“There was no negotiation. I told him I wanted to fight. He started talking S–t. He started spitting everywhere like he does. There was no effort to make the fight.”
So, for now, Benavidez is outside of the biggest names at 168 lb. and the Middleweight division. However, he’s aligned with PBC, a big punching, unbeaten fighter and if he can do things the right way, a bigger opportunity is coming, likely in 2022.