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Caleb Plant is Very Willing To Face Benavidez-Dirrell Winner

MGM Grand, Las Vegas - The FOX PBC Fight Night main event on FOX and FOX Deportes saw IBF Super Middleweight World Champion Caleb "Sweethands" Plant (19-0, 11 KOs) retain his title with a dominant third-round knockout over previously unbeaten Mike Lee (21-1, 11 KOs).
 
"It went exactly how I planned it would go," said Plant. "Absolutely. I've been telling you all week it wasn't going to go 12 rounds and I stuck to my word and I tried to do that. I hope you guys had a good time."
 
Plant got off to a fast-start, dropping Lee with a left hook late in the first round. The unbeaten challenger was able to recover and survive the round, but was hard-pressed to make up for the hand speed advantage of Plant.
 
"I think I have a high boxing IQ and I do this at a really high level," said Plant. "So it was just about making adjustments. He's a big, strong guy and he just came in here to give it his all."

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Lee looked to charge in hard against Plant and use his size and power to land a big shot and change the momentum of the fight. Plant was sharp and avoided the looping right hands that Lee was attacking with.
 
"The speed was the difference, he's fast and very accurate," said Lee. "I had some success with my right hands but wasn't able to be consistent with it."
 
In round three, Plant landed a vicious right hook early in the round that put Lee down for the second time. After a left hook appeared to connect and send Lee down a second time, referee Robert Byrd ruled it had come from a push and continued the fight once Lee got to his feet.
 
Plant had his opponent hurt and continued to press forward, eventually landing another left hook that put Lee down, this time forcing the referee to wave off the bout 1:29 into the round.
 
"I had no issue with the stoppage, that's the referee's job and I respect it," said Lee.
 
After the fight, Benavidez was asked about a possible unification fight against the winner of the just announced Anthony Dirrell vs. David Benavidez WBC Super Middleweight Championship fight.

"Oh yeah, we can definitely unify," said Plant. "I ain't hard to get a hold of. I ain't hard to make a fight with. Come see me. You know my advisor."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Htown-Finest on 07-22-2019

That would be a great fight. I would favor Benavidez

Comment by Dana White Sr on 07-22-2019

[CENTER][FONT="Comic Sans MS"][COLOR="Red"]168 is one of my fav divisions at the moment. smith, benavidez, plant, dirrell, saunders, hell even eubanks jr. fun fights with all these guys. i do like plant and think he's capable of standing on top when…

Comment by Afi23 on 07-22-2019

[QUOTE=Oldskoolg;19924401]Agreed. I think that had a lot to do with the punching power of Uzcategui and the inexperience of Plant at the time. And the fact that [B]he can now afford to employ proper strength and conditioning coaches[/B][/QUOTE] Indeed, based…

Comment by Oldskoolg on 07-22-2019

[QUOTE=Afi23;19924360]I hear you but he can't afford to fade in the championship rounds like he did against Uzcategui.[/QUOTE] Agreed. I think that had a lot to do with the punching power of Uzcategui and the inexperience of Plant at the…

Comment by Afi23 on 07-22-2019

[QUOTE=Oldskoolg;19924248]I’m not Mexican American so I don’t have a tribal nationalistic horse in the game....Plant outboxes Benevidez. Too much speed and skill. That might even be an easier fight than i originally thought[/QUOTE] I hear you but he can't afford…

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