By Dan Ambrose: Eddie Hearn could replace IBF 168-lb champion Caleb Plante with 175-lb champion Artur Betterbiev or Dimitri Bivole for a fight against Canelo Alvarez in September, if he doesn’t drop his asking price.
Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) wants $10 million for the undisputed 168lb championship fight against WBA/WBC/WBO champion Canelo (56-1-2, 38 KOs), a $2 million drop from the former WBO belt. Will rise-holder Billy Joe Saunders met last May to fight Alvarez.
If Plant had agreed to a fight with David Benavidez when he was summoned and beaten up by him, he would be in a better position to get the money Canelo wants for the fight.
Unfortunately, Plant’s résumé is incredibly weak for a world champion, and it’s troubling that he fought through his career without risk.
By this point in Plant’s career, he should have fought at least one or two of these men: Benavidez, Demetrius Andrade, Callum Smith, Billy Joe Saunders, and Daniel Jacobs.
Should Canelo Pay the Plant $10 Million?
The $6 million for the plant to take on Canelo would be a good price for him, but certainly not the $10 million he’s interested in receiving. Even $8 million is arguably too much.
If the plant had the ability to sell fights like Saunders did, $8 million would have worked but he wouldn’t. Plant is like another Callum Smith when it comes to his personality, and it won’t work to propagate Canelo the way he needs to fight.
In fact, the only thing Plant has going for her is her IBF title. Canelo can fight anyone else and forget about Plante’s IBF strap if he originally had to buy it for $10 million.
If Canelo sees the fight as only worth $6 million, he would pay dramatically more for the IBF belt than if it were to meet the plant’s $10 million asking price.
Unfortunately, Plant, 28, doesn’t have the fanbase or the same ability to publicize the fight that Saunders did. Additionally, Plant’s seven-year professional resume is barren for big names.
Plant fought Jose Uzcategui in 2019, and that’s it. The rest of the names on the plant’s resume are pedestrian level fighters or old people.
Recent Opponents of Caleb Plante:
- mike lee
- Caleb Truex
- Vincent Feigenbutz
- Rogelio Medina
- Andrew Hernandez
- Thomas Avimbono
You could argue that Plant’s dry personality and expressionless facial form when speaking are very similar to Callum Smith’s.
When you’re trying to arouse interest in a fight, Plante’s face during the interview with a flat impression, showing no emotion, doesn’t help.
Canelo needs someone who will help him generate interest for September’s fight, not someone who looks bored or anxious when interviewed as his opponent.
That’s what we saw with Callum Smith, and Plant has a lot in common with his lack of emotion during his interview.
“If we can’t fight Caleb Plant, then obviously we need another dance partner for September,” Eddie Hearn told the DAZN boxing show.
“But Artur Betterbiev, Canelo talk about that, but he knows how hard Betterbiev punches, and Canelo is a competitor. now you tell her [Canelo] This is not a fight to take.
“You wanna take it? You tell him it’s a dangerous fight? He’ll want to do it. Moving up to 175 is very, very risky. Betterbiev is getting old, but still in his prime,” said Hearn .
The upside for Canelo in fighting BetterBive would be huge for his career, even if he loses that fight. It would be an incredibly daring move for Canelo to go up to 175 and take on BetterBeev, as he is considered by many boxing fans to be the #1 fighter in the division.
Hearn compares de la Hoya’s response to Canelo to Mayorga
“I think the whole thing is quite sad, actually. When people had a good relationship, you want to split them up with some humility,” recently reacted to de la Hoya’s comment in saving Canelo Expressing that, Hearn called DAZN a fighter similar to Ricardo Mayorga.
“The shots that are fired are really outrageous and quite ridiculous, and that’s nothing against Mayorga as a fighter. She was incredibly entertaining.
“When you’re talking about Canelo Alvarez, you’re talking about a generation great. You’re talking about #1 pound, and you’re talking about a man who who can be unbeatable in the game of boxing.
“You are talking about a man who has made this generation of Mexican boxing traditional, and he is the norm not only in his own country, but in America as well.
“You’re talking about a guy who holds himself with a lot of humility and respect. They need to be respected, but frankly, there’s always been a headache with Oscar, and he in Canelo Continues to take his shots.
“But Canelo carries on with his business and he is an incredibly focused fighter and an all-time great. I think that kind of legacy and respect comes after a career.
“Let’s enjoy Canelo Alvarez while you’re here. If you’re talking about Plant Next or Bivol Next, you know it’s going to be something like Bivol, Plant, BetterBive, Charlo.
“It’s the most incredible run. Let’s respect that and enjoy it because you talk about people who don’t want to be undisputed. Here you have a guy who’s doing it and he’s doing it every few months.” doing,” Hearn said.