On Saturday night, former IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant suffered the second defeat of his pro career. He dropped a twelve round unanimous decision to two-time super middleweight world champion David Benavidez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Benavidez retained his WBC interim-title, with the judges scoring it 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113.
The fight will be replayed on Saturday, April 1 on Showtime at 11:05 p.m. ET/PT.
In the years leading up to the fight, there had been a lot of trash talk between the two fighters.
“It’s a big rivalry but that’s what boxing is all about,” said Plant. “We came here and settled it like men. I take nothing from David. We haven’t been the best of friends but we got into the ring and we settled it like men. That’s what you’re supposed to do. He’s a helluva fighter.”
According to CompuBox, Benavidez (27-0, 23 KOs) held a large advantage in power punches landed (180-68) but also out-landed Plant in jabs (30-23). Plant (22-2, 13 KOs) was the busier fighter, throwing 624 to Benavidez’s 551, but was unable to deter the late round onslaught from Benavidez.
Plant started well by frustrating Benavidez in the early rounds with his boxing ability, but he was unable to hold off Benavidez's power and pressure in the second half of the fight.
“I was trying to hold him when necessary, punch him when necessary, and throw my combinations when necessary,” said Plant.
“But when the best get in there with the best, you roll the dice and someone is going to come out with their hand raised and someone will come up short. And one thing that I pride myself on is that I roll with the best in the world. I haven’t ducked anyone and maybe we can have a rematch in the future.”
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