Former WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez prefers to face Jermall Charlo over Caleb Plant.
A title unification clash between Benavidez and Plant — the IBF super middleweight champion — has been talked about for a while until the former was stripped of his title in August after missing weight for his fight against Roamer Alexis Angulo.
Despite that, many observers still want to see the fight but Benavidez would prefer to WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo over Plant as he feels that is a matchup guaranteed to end in a knockout.
“I think we’d both come forward and we’re both warriors and we both have a high percentage of knockouts,” Benavidez said on “Max On Boxing” (via RingNews24).
“So I feel like he can knock me out. I feel like I can knock Jermall Charlo out, so let’s give the fans what they want to see. I think it’s going to be a war from round one to round twelve.”
Of course, Benavidez first has to get past Ronald Eills who he faces on March 13.
And while “El Bandera Roja” wants to face a middleweight in Charlo next, he still plans on reigning supreme in the super middleweight division as he revealed his three-fight plan.
“The first one would be against Charlo, the second one against Caleb Plant, and the third fight ultimately would be against Canelo,” Benavidez added. “I feel like those fights in that order would be amazing for my career and for the world of boxing a well.
“This is the excitement that we need in the super middleweight division.”
Alvarez is the reigning WBC and WBA super middleweight champion following his lopsided unanimous decision win over Callum Smith in December.
The Mexican has also stated his desire to unify the division in 2021 and with a clash with WBO title-holder Billy Joe Saunders set for May, it is certainly possible he could end up facing Benavidez to completely unify the division.
That’s provided Benavidez ends up facing Plant this year and takes his IBF super middleweight crown.
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