Caleb Plant, David Benavidez, and Jermall Charlo have been going at one another for years with a war of words but have nothing to show for it in the ring.

Although the three boxers have each expressed they’re more than open to fighting each other, neither has ever faced off. 

Plant (21-1, 12 KOs) once again cleared the air on how he feels against Benavidez and Charlo.

“My goal is to put myself down as a great, clear out the division, and be remembered as a great. I can’t just do that by beating one of them. I need to beat both of them, and that’s what I’ll do,” Plant said on “The Good Fight with Kate Abdo.” 

“I don’t think either one of them can f--- with me, so it doesn’t matter to me. As far as skills, I don’t think either one of them can f--- with me. They can’t outbox me, they’re not smarter than me, and they’re not more diligent than me with their training. They’re obviously not more disciplined than me.

“I don’t show up on TV drunk, I don’t miss weight, I don’t test positive for cocaine, I don’t miss fights, I don’t lose belts on a scale. If I’m going to lose a belt, it’s going to be me.

“As far as what I want to accomplish in the sport, I’m trying to get both of those names out of there. Whoever is first doesn’t matter and whoever is last doesn’t matter.” 

Plant is coming off an 11th-round knockout loss to Canelo Alvarez in November.

The 29-year-old was competitive in defeat even though he was knocked down twice en route to a stoppage loss. 

“That’s part of the sport. When you go in there with somebody, most of the time somebody has got to come out with the short end of the stick. I just use it for motivation to get back in the ring again,” said Plant. 

The Tennessean lost his super middleweight championship in the fight, and although his morale is still high, he admitted to suffering an ailment of sorts.

“I’ve been letting something heal up, and that’s why I haven’t been back yet,” said Plant. “I want to get back to my winning ways, and then let the world know why I’ve had to take a little more time off. Until then, I want to keep it under wraps.

“I see myself being [at 168 pounds] for a long time. It’s not as if it’s difficult for me to make weight. I’m going to be here long enough to clear out a division. For any top middleweights that move up, I’m going to be right here.” 

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