Boxing is often maligned for getting it wrong, but this Saturday it gets it right. Caleb Plant’s super middleweight showdown with David Benavidez is an all-too-rare example of superb matchmaking.
Unbeaten two-time WBC super middleweight champion Benavidez will put his interim version of the same strap on the line in the bout. Plant has a similarly regal record, boasting a reign as IBF kingpin. His only defeat arrived against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, who stopped him in 11 rounds back in 2021.
It is a pick ‘em fight, well-pitched to deliver thrills and spills in the Nevada desert. The victor will be at the front of the queue to face undisputed king ‘Canelo’ or his challenger John Ryder, who clashes with the Mexican in May.
Here is everything you need to know about Plant vs Benavidez.
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
When: Saturday 25th March, (12am Sunday UK time)
How To Watch: Benavidez vs Plant will be available live through FITE TV online PPV in the UK at £12.99.
Tale of the Tape:
Place Of Birth: Ashland City, Tennessee, U.S.
Record: 22-1 (13 KOs)
Last Fight: Plant scored a stunning ninth-round knockout victory over former world champion Anthony Dirrell in October.
Place Of Birth: Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Alias: Mexican Monster/El Bandera Roja (The Red Flag)
Record: 26-0 (23 KOs)
Reach: 74½ ”
Last Fight: Benavidez saw off ex-champion and former Billy Joe Saunders victim David Lemieux via third-round TKO last May.
What They Say:
Plant: “I’m exactly where I want to be. I’m in the fight that I want… March 25th, you don’t gotta worry about me pulling out. I’m gonna show up… and when I show up, I show up on weight, and I don’t test positive for cocaine neither.” (Press Conference)
Benavidez: “There’s been a lot of s*** talking going back and forth, but on March 25th I get to put hands on Caleb Plant. And trust me when I say I’m going to beat the living s*** out of you, p***y.” (Press Conference)
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