Caleb Plant may think he is the best super-middleweight in the world, but to his divisional cohort David Benavidez, he is simply a low hurdle waiting to be cleared.
“I would want to get a fight with Plant first, just to get that out of the way,” Benavidez told FightHubTV, when asked whom he preferred to fight first, Plant or Canelo Alvarez. “The time is past. We’ve been talking sh-t to each other, it’s been hyped up for like three years. I feel like it’s time. I might get that fight soon.”
The two super middleweights, both managed by Al Haymon, have been circling each other for the past few years, but have yet to swap punches in a ring. Benavidez, however, is a stickler for hierarchy, so he wants to make sure he defeats Plant first before he moves on to take on bigger fish, like Alvarez, who earned his fourth title after outpointing Callum Smith in a lopsided fight last Saturday.
“I’d rather go through everybody else to get to the top dog [Canelo],” Benavidez said. “If I can get it (sooner), of course, I’ll fight him (Canelo). My plan is I want to beat everybody in my promotion first before we move on, and the person that’s there is Caleb Plant. That’s the fight I want the most.”
Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) did not bother to hide his contempt for Plant (20-1, 12 KOs), who faces Caleb Truax on Jan. 30. Plant last fought in February, against Vincent Feigenbutz. Benavidez lost his WBC title (now owned by Alvarez) after he missed weight in his fight against Roamer Angulo in August.
“The guys that Caleb Plant has fought is really nothing,” Benavidez said. “Besides [Jose] Uzcategui – that was good one, I’ll give that to him – but after that Mike Lee, Feigenbutz…I never even heard of that guy before.”
Benavidez does not rate Truax much higher than Plant’s previous victims. Truax had to bow out of his previously scheduled fight against Alfredo Angulo last August because of an illness.
“It’s very weird, it doesn’t make sense to me that he’s [Plant] fighting a person [Truax] that didn’t even make it to the title eliminator fight because [for] his fight against Angulo, he didn’t make it to the fight because of dehydration,” Benavidez said.
“So I don’t understand why they wouldn’t give the former WBC champion Benavidez that fight. That’s the fight that everyone wants to watch. Isn’t David Benavidez versus Caleb Plant a better fight than Caleb Plant versus Caleb Truax?”
At only 24, Benavidez is confident that he can reclaim the status he had before the summer, when he was still a titleholder in the super middleweight division.
“It doesn’t matter to me if it takes one or two years for me to get up there," Benavidez said. "I’m looking to clean out everybody, clean out the whole division. I have all the tools needed to do that.”