Daniel Jacobs has paid particularly close attention to boxing’s best super middleweights since the former middleweight champion moved up to the 168-pound division.
Based on what he has seen, Jacobs considers Caleb Plant the most beatable of the four fighters who own super middleweight titles. Jacobs assessed that group of undefeated fighters – which also includes David Benavidez (WBC), Billy Joe Saunders (WBO) and Callum Smith (WBA) – during an Instagram Live interview with promoter Eddie Hearn on Monday.
“To say who’s the best is kinda hard to say, but I would say, I mean, all those guys are top,” Jacobs said. “I would probably put Plant at the bottom of those names that you just named. I think Plant is good, but I think, you know, I think he can be beat. He’s beatable. I see a lot of flaws in his game.”
The 27-year-old Plant (20-0, 12 KOs) has made two defenses of the IBF belt he won by beating Venezuela’s Jose Uzcategui (29-4, 24 KOs) by 12-round unanimous decision 14 months ago at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Jacobs has a higher opinion of the 23-year-old Benavidez, who wants to oppose Plant in a title unification fight.
“But as far as Benavidez, he’s probably the strongest that I’ve seen amongst those guys that you just mentioned,” Jacobs added. “But now that I’m coming up to the super middleweight division, it’s interesting. And now these guys have my attention, and I’m gonna be studying, looking forward to what’s next, what’s best for me and my career.”
Benavidez (22-0, 19 KOs) was scheduled to make a voluntary defense of his WBC belt against Colombia’s Alexis Angulo (26-1, 22 KOs) on April 18 at Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, Benavidez’s hometown. Their fight, which Showtime was slated to televise, has been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brooklyn’s Jacobs (36-3, 30 KOs) beat Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (51-4-1, 33 KOs, 1 NC) in his most recent fight, December 20 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix. Mexico’s Chavez came in nearly five pounds overweight for that bout and declined to continue following the fifth round.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.