Fighting Words: David Benavidez Dismisses Caleb Plant As A Threat
Some rivalries are starting to sizzle in boxing’s super-middleweight division. One of them involves David Benavidez and Caleb Plant. While Plant is focusing on other fights, Benavidez wanted to make sure the attention was on their potential clash.
Speaking with FIGHT HYPE, Benavidez (22-0) called out Plant (20-0) for his attitude towards him. Plant has previously called himself the best of the super-middleweights, something that irks Benavidez.
“I mean, he can say whatever he wants to say. At the end of the day, I believe he’s a little guy and he belongs at 160,” Benavidez stated, via Bad Left Hook. “Nobody knows how hard I work. I don’t brag about my work ethic, I don’t say this and that, you know? At the end of the day, I do my work in the gym and I’m training my a** off every day, every single day, three times a day. I know what type of work ethic I have. So if that’s what he’s trying to brag about to beat me, he doesn’t even know what’s going on.”
Benavidez has dismissed Plant before, calling him overrated. The 23-year-old made his pro debut in 2013. He won the vacant WBC Super-Middleweight Title against Ronald Gavril in 2017. “Red Flag” has successfully defended it against Gavril and Anthony Dirrell. Benavidez was supposed to face mandatory challenger Roamer Alexis Angulo for the title in April, but the fight was postponed due to the coronavirus.
Plant beat Jose Uzcategui for the IBF Super-Middleweight Title to start off 2019. He then fought a series of mandatory challengers; Mike Lee and Vincent Feigenbutz. Plant beat Lee via TKO in July on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao v. Keith Thurman. He then main evented a fight in his hometown against Feigenbutz this past February. Plant beat Feigenbutz via TKO in the 10th round to retain his title. Following the bout, Plant called out Benavidez, who was sitting right next to the ring.
Besides Benavidez, Plant has had his eyes on Canelo Alvarez, the WBA Super-Middleweight Champion. Plant ended up saying he was offered a Canelo bout in February, but Plant did not want to go through a tough camp right away.
It is unknown when Benavidez and Plant will fight, but the former believes it will be next year. As fas as how it will go, Benavidez is extremely confident in his ability.
“It’s gonna be a good fight, of course,” Benavidez went on to say. “I’m not saying it’s gonna be a landslide. Caleb Plant is a good fighter but I want to make the great fighters look like they’re nothing when I get in the ring with them.”