In what is likely to be a certified barnburner, David Benavidez and Caleb Plant will go head-to-head later this month. Moreover, the winner of this fight is set to become Canelo Alvarez’s next mandatory challenger.
Notably, the fight will occur on March 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Additionally, the PPV will air on Showtime. As such, the bout will see two former world champions slugging it out for another opportunity at world championship gold, with Benavidez‘s interim WBC title on the line for this fight.
Previously, Plant (22-1, 13 KO) delivered a brutal Knockout of the Year contender against Anthony Dirrell. Rebounding from his first-ever career loss to Canelo Alvarez, Plant did well to get his career back on track after his time as the IBF super middleweight champion ended.
On the other hand, Benavidez (26-0, 23 KO) is a two-time former WBC super middleweight champion. Unfortunately, David has often been his own worst enemy, losing his WBC title due to a failed drug test for cocaine. Even after winning back his title, he lost it again after missing weight for his fight against Roamer Alexis Angulo.
David Benavidez vs Caleb Plant: Stats
|Stats||David Benavidez||Caleb Plant|
|Height||185 cm||188 cm|
|Division||Super Middleweight||Super Middleweight|
|Reach||188 cm||189 cm|
Benavidez vs Plant: breakdown and early prediction
For any fighter, Benavidez is one of the worst opponents they could hope for. As a result, El Bandera Roja comes in as a favorite to win this fight. Having stopped David Lemieux in June last year, Benavidez continues his onslaught, having collected 23 KO/TKO victories already.
Moreover, a victory against a well-renowned fighter like Plant would guarantee a showdown with Canelo Alvarez himself. With Plant having already lost to Canelo once, he will be determined to try and avenge that loss. However, he is faced with a tall task in Benavidez which will require him to put in the performance of his career to win. A sharp, durable fighter, Sweet Hands, definitely possesses all the tools to win this fight.
Caleb Plant and David Benavidez can’t wait to step into the ring 😤
— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) November 3, 2022
As such, Plant is definitely the toughest opponent Benavidez will have faced till now. Known for his fearless and relentless pressure, Benavidez does have a tendency of leaving himself open at times. However, against a fighter like Plant, especially after what he did to Anthony Dirrell, David cannot afford to make that mistake.
For the most part, the fight is likely to go the distance, with many, including Canelo, predicting that Benavidez will edge it out. The key factor here will be David’s momentum in the later rounds, which if not stopped, could see him running away with the fight. With two high-class, competitive fighters, this fight will be one to watch!