A Month After Slap Fiasco, Caleb Plant Provides an Update on Potential Jermall Charlo Fight

Published 09/09/2023, 2:08 PM EDT

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The boxing world is still buzzing about the infamous slap heard around the ring. A month ago, Caleb Plant and Jermall Charlo turned a pre-fight weigh-in at Crawford vs Spence into a viral sensation. But what’s next for these two fighters? Will they settle their differences in the ring or let the tension fester? We’ve got the latest scoop for you.

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So, in a recent interview, Plant expressed his desire to fight Jermall Charlo. Caleb Plant’s last fight was against David Benavidez on March 25, 2023, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Plant lost to Benavidez by unanimous decision. The fight was a grueling match that showcased both fighters’ skills and ended with mutual respect between the two. Therefore, Caleb is hunting for his next challenge, aiming at Charlo.

Why is Caleb Plant aiming for Jermall Charlo?

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While Charlo remains tight-lipped, Plant is already eyeing his next moves. According to Boxing Scene, he said, “In a perfect world for me right now, if we can’t get Jermall Charlo right away, we go to a tune-up fight.”  Next, he added saying, “Let him get a tune-up fight since he had a little break.”

Charlo has been out of the ring for over two years, last winning in points against Juan Macias Montiel in June 2021. Therefore, Jermall is looking out for a potential adversary after being away from the ring for a long time.

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Moreover, Plant aims to rematch with David Benavidez and Canelo Alvarez, fueling the fire. Caleb said, “After I whoop him (Charlo), get a rematch with Canelo, become undisputed and then run it back with David.” However, Charlo and Plant’s slap controversy may play a pivotal role in the fight’s manifestation.

The infamous slap debacle of Plant and Charlo

Caleb Plant and Jermall Charlo slap controversy took place in Las Vegas during the pre-fight weigh-in for the Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford match. Caleb Plant, the former IBF super-middleweight champion, slapped Jermall Charlo, the WBC middleweight champion, in the face. Plant accused Charlo of provoking him by grabbing his beard and calling him derogatory names.

 

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Plant spoke about the incident on his Instagram Live, stating that Charlo touched his face and pulled his beard hard. Despite Plant’s warning to Charlo to stop, the latter continued to provoke him.

‘Sweethands’ felt compelled to defend himself, especially since his wife was present during the altercation. He also claimed that Charlo wanted to press charges after the incident but has yet to comment publicly.

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The slap heard around the boxing world still echoes. Caleb Plant and Jermall Charlo gave us more than just a weigh-in; they gave us a storyline. Now, Plant sets his sights on Charlo for a potential showdown. He’s even open to a “tune-up” fight if Charlo isn’t ready. Charlo, on the other hand, remains silent but is also eyeing a return.

So, what do you think? Will these two fighters settle their beef in the ring or let the tension simmer? Drop your thoughts in the comments below. Let’s get this conversation started!

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