Caleb Plant Finds the Canelo Alvarez Bout More Appealing, David Benavidez Fight Lost Steam

Published 01/23/2021, 8:25 AM EST
NASHVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 15: Caleb Plant celebrates after defeating Vincent Feigenbutz of Germany in their IBF world super middleweight championship bout at Bridgestone Arena on February 15, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Plant defeated Feigenbutz by TKO during the tenth round. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)


The IBF super-middleweight champion, Caleb Plant, is coming back to the ring after a year’s layoff. ‘Sweet Hands’ will storm inside the ring on January 30 against Caleb Truax. First, the undefeated boxer will defend his title against the veteran Truax, before he will look to fight for the undisputed belt against the pound-for-pound king, Canelo Alvarez.

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In a chat with Premier Boxing Champions, ‘Sweet Hands’ unveiled his plans for the Alvarez fight and more. He said, “I feel like as of now between the Benavidez fight, the Canelo fight, that the Canelo fight is more appealing!”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 20: Referee Robert Byrd (L) holds up the arm of Caleb Plant as he celebrates his third-round TKO victory over Mike Lee to retain his IBF super middleweight title at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

He continued, “I’m a world champion and so for all those belts to be on line, I feel like that would be a mega-fight,” 

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The 28-year-old admitted that he is undeniably eyeing a fight with Canelo after his upcoming title defense. At one time, Plant was even speculated to take on David Benavidez when the latter held the WBC belt. But for now, ‘Sweet Hands’ has made his choice extremely clear between the two fights.

“I feel like it’s taking some steam away from that (Benavidez fight). So right now I’m focused on January 30 but definitely looking for that Canelo fight afterward,” he concluded.

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Can Caleb Plant get his hands on Canelo Alvarez by 2021-end?

Canelo Alvarez has one of the tightest schedules for 2021. His first outing for the year is against Avni Yildirim, wherein he’ll defend all of his 168-pound titles. In his second run, he will challenge Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders for his WBO belt.

However, Plant will have to beat Truax next week before he can start thinking about fighting Canelo Alvarez.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 07: Canelo Alvarez (L) throws a left at Amir Khan during the WBC middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

If Saul Alvarez bags 2 wins in a row, he’ll undeniably focus on Caleb Plant to challenge him for his title. Hence, this fight might get booked for the latter half of the year.

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What do you make of Plant’s statement on Alvarez? Do you think he can stun the Mexican boxer if they do fight?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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