Caleb Plant is set to challenge David Benavidez for his WBC super-middleweight interim title, with terms agreed for a fight in early 2023.
Talks for the fight seemed to have been straightforward, despite Benavidez being rumoured to be fighting Jose Uzcategui until a few days ago. A fight between the two was prviously called off due to Uzcategui testing positive for the performance-enhancing EPO.
Although not formally announced, it’s believed those involved were attempting to reschedule, however criticisms from fans who believed the fight to be a mismatch, as well as not wanting to give another chance to someone who has tested positive, have seemingly led to Benavidez taking an alternate route.
Most consider a fight with ‘Sweet Hands’ Plant far more entertaining, and will likely be one of the Mexican’s toughest fights to date. A win for Plant would mean he takes Benavidez’ place as the mandatory challenger and gets the chance to fight ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for the undisputed title for the second time – attempting to avenge his only career defeat.
Plant announced the news that the two 168lbers would face off via Twitter, claiming to be the catalyst for the bout.
“I went and MADE it happen. Contract signed, see you early next year.”
— CalebPlant (@SweetHandsPlant) November 3, 2022
With 23 knockouts in his 26 wins, many will perceive Benavidez as the puncher vs the technician in Caleb Plant, however a recent stunning knockout win against Anthony Dirrell showed the latter has power too.
There is sure to be fireworks in what could be the biggest super-middleweight fight of 2023, as champion ‘Canelo’ is sidelined until he recovers from recent surgery on his left wrist.