David Benavidez: “This fight is 100% personal with Plant, I will beat him worse than Canelo”

The mere mention of Caleb Plant would often make David Benavidez apoplectic. For years, the two former super middleweight champions have thrown numerous verbal punches at each other as a confrontation between them became increasingly likely. While it may have taken a bit longer than he wanted, Benavidez (26-0, 23 KOs) gripped his fist in triumph as the two have reportedly signed a deal to finalize in the first quarter of the 2023 calendar.

With a match against Plant now official, Benavidez begins to salivate as he imagines taking countless unanswered punches. While the 25-year-old is no stranger to public outbursts and competitive nonsense, in Plant’s case, the former 168-pound WBC belt holder reveals there were certain things that were simply unforgivable.

“This fight is 100% personal to me with Caleb Plant,” Benavidez said during an interview with BoxingScene.com. “I really intend to go in there and beat him up.”

Despite his bloodthirsty intentions, Plant (22-1, 13 KOs) will try to fight his way to a clear victory. Ever since his IBF world title reign was cut short by Canelo Alvarez, Plant has done his best to use the sting of defeat to his advantage. So far so good, as the Nashville, Tennessee native bounced back nicely in his most recent trip to the ring against Anthony Dirrell.

Like Benavidez, Dirrell antagonized the former champ during the lead up to their Oct. 15 fight. But despite his bravado, Dirrell was eventually forced to eat his words and lost by stoppage in the ninth round.

While Benavidez openly admits his contempt for Plant runs deep, he still tipped his hat in token of respect for his explosive outing. Nevertheless, the 25-year-old former champion refuses to concentrate on Plant’s stunning victory. Instead, Benavidez reminisces about the night Plant suffered his only defeat.

Desperate to witness history, a packed crowd filled the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 6 as both Alvarez and Plant conspired for super middleweight glory. Although he had his moments, Alvarez’s consistent body attack ultimately slowed Plant’s foot strike, resulting in his knockout defeat in the penultimate round.

Benavidez has scored wins in six consecutive bouts, most recently against David Lemieux, and has vowed to turn Plant’s career around with a display of sheer dominance on fight night.

“My plan is to get in there and do what I know I can do to Caleb Plant and that’s going to give him a beating worse than Canelo.”

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