Edgar Berlanga Sends a Stern Message to Caleb Plant

Published 02/01/2021, 4:04 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)


IBF super-middleweight champion Caleb Plant registered his 21 pro victory and third successful title defense by vanquishing Caleb Truax in their headlining clash on January 30. Although it was a lopsided win for him, ‘Sweethands’ couldn’t intimidate many of his divisional rivals.

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Edgar Berlanga, 23, is currently 16-0 in the pro circuit and is swiftly climbing the ladder to the top of the super middleweight division. ‘The Chosen One’ has now called out Caleb Plant, and sent an alarming message to the IBF champion via social media.

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Following Plant’s win against Truax, Berlanga took to Twitter and wrote, “That fight was cute, let me know when you ready to get kissed by these fist.”

Riding a 16-fight win streak, Berlanga can rightfully demand a title shot at this stage, especially when the division is blooming with unbeaten champions. While Caleb Plant is one of the prime names, Berlanga is interested in dancing around the ring with him.

That said, Berlanga isn’t the only super-middleweight to have desired to fight Caleb Plant. David Benavidez Jr. has also challenged Plant and accused ‘Sweethands’ of ducking him. These challenges will ensure that Plant will not suffer from ring rust, as he has a plethora of rugged challengers to choose from ahead of a unification bout.

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What’s next for Caleb Plant?

Being the IBF titleholder for over a year, he can also opt to unify the division by meeting the other champions- Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders. But, if ‘The Chosen One’ Berlanga continues to rake in the wins, we can see him against Caleb Plant soon.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 19: IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant holds up his belt during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Plant will defend his title against Mike Lee on July 20 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

It will be a fight between two unbeaten super middleweight elites and Berlanga can pose some serious threat to Plant. However, nothing is official now, and the super-middleweight division needs to see some more fights before settling the bigger events.

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Canelo Alvarez will defend his unified straps against Avni Yildirim on February 27. After that, he is rumored to fight Billy Joe Saunders in May. Meanwhile, Caleb Plant can accept one more fight before fighting the other 168 lbs champions. However, would he opt to defend his belt against a non-mandatory?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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