With Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya still on the hunt to finalize Canelo Alvarez’s next opponent in May, one person it apparently won’t be is 168lb titleholder Caleb Plant. Plant, who just recently won handily, recently said he’s not too interested in taking a Canelo fight at this time, saying he would have to compromise himself by taking the fight on short notice.
Well according to De La Hoya, he has no idea what Plant is talking about since there’s still plenty of time for a full training camp before May 2. Either way, De La Hoya says the ship has sailed on Plant, who will never get another chance to fight the Mexican star.
“I don’t understand what (Plant’s) talking about, short notice. I mean there’s still, what, nine weeks left? What short notice is that?!” De La Hoya commented. “The truth of the matter is that if you’re gonna not want to fight Canelo and we’re considering you, then it’s over, that’s it. It’s over. You will not have that opportunity ever again, because there’s so many champions out there, in his weight division — actually he can choose from three weight divisions.
“So if he’s saying ‘I’ll wait my turn,’ no, we’re telling you to fight him now — it’s the opportunity of your life!
“This is boxing, anything can happen but opportunities don’t come often. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and he’s passing it up?! I’m sorry.”