By Dan Ambrose: Demetrius Andrade called out Caleb ‘Sweethands’ Shuka for the fight following his ninth round victory over Anthony Dirrell (34-3-2,25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Plant is unlikely to agree to a fight with Andrade because it will be difficult for him, and he is trying to rematch the middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez.
This will be another big payday for Shuka, so it makes sense why he’s moving in this direction.
It also makes sense that Plant would avoid fighters like Andrade, David Benavidez, and Jermall Charlo, considering that he could lose to all three.
Plant’s fight against Dirrell is the eliminator of the WBC 168-lb title, which makes him a mandatory runner-up to WBC champion Canelo. David Benavidez He is already a mandatory for Canelo of WBC since last year, and he is the interim champion.
For some reason, the WBC did not order Canelo to defend Benavidez. At some point, the Sanctions Board will want Canelo to defend Benavidez because it will look strange if the fight is not ordered immediately.
If Canelo wants to quit, that’s his right. Plant will need to face Benavidez as a WBC non-champion unless he decides he is no longer interested in taking that route to a world title.
Andrade (31-0, 19 KOs) was in the crowd last night to witness Plant’s win over the 37-year-old Dirrell, and said he’s moving up to 168 to go after Plant, David Benavidez, and Jermall Charlo at shortstop. while.
‘Sweethands’ Plant, 30, was getting all he could out of Dirrell in the first eight rounds before catching him with a left hook to the head in the ninth round that knocked him out.
Dirrell didn’t see the shot from Plant, which wasn’t a big punch, and was hurt being put in his back.
While Dirrell is down, Plant makes a less dignified move by pretending to dig his grave. The referee quickly stepped in and stopped Plant from taunting Dirrell when he was on the canvas.
“We’re going up to 168. Listen, he went in there and planned his game and strategy, and it took a long time. Finally he found the place. Dirrell didn’t ask her to come, and he caught it cleanly,” Demetrius Andrade told Fighthype about Caleb Plant’s win over Anthony Dirrell.
“I thought he was going to go 12 for sure,” Andrade said when asked if he expected to see a hit from Plant. “Can, I would definitely like that [a fight with Plant]. I want to get in the ring and get some rust and then, in 2023, get in there with Plant, for sure.
“I’m moving up to 168, I’m looking to fight those guys there. Charlo, Caleb Shuka, David Benavidez. I’m looking for someone who’s doing something at the level of the big guys like me, and that’s what we’re hoping for. To be the champion. world of three groups, three times.
“The whole thing, the whole shebang,” Andrade said when asked if he wanted Plant, Charlo, or Benavidez next. “Everyone goes up there. It is a great battle. Andrade on any of the last names would be nice. All of them are a good fight,” Andrade said.