Boxing News at Five: Plant trades verbals with Benavidez and makes offer to Smith, Warren says Fury is UK’s greatest heavyweight if he beats Wilder

HAVING distanced himself from a fight against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, stating he wouldn’t have enough time to prepare for it, IBF super-middleweight champion Caleb Plant has now set his sights on fights against fellow champions Callum Smith and David Benavidez.

According to Plant, his team have made contact with Smith, the current WBA super-middleweight titleholder, with a view to making that fight happen, while Benavidez, owner of the WBC belt, has emerged as a possible future foe following some foul-mouthed back and forth on social media between the pair.

Posting to Instagram yesterday, Benavidez wrote: “First of all, you just turned down a fight with Canelo that’s still 10 weeks away. If you think you’re better than every other super middleweight, why turn that fight [Canelo] down with plenty of time left? You’re a p***y that just talks out of his a**, that’s why.

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