Benavidez On Plant: “We Will Use That Bad Blood For Motivation”

David Benavidez Ready to Conclude Rivalry with Plant

David Benavidez ready to settle his rivalry with Caleb Plant
David Benavidez (L, Lina Baker/@seeyouringside), Caleb Plant (Henry DeLeon)

David Benavidez Pays Respect to Caleb Plant Now But Will Take It Later

Over the last several years, David “The Mexican Monster” Benavidez (26-0, 23 KO’s) has shared an intense rivalry with former IBF champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (22-1, 13 KO’s). The two super middleweights are without question among the crème of the 168-pound crop and nurture a healthy dislike for the other. Luckily the two appear to finally be on a collision course in their next bout. Provided that they do meet in the ring, Benavidez is more than self-sure that he puts a hurting on Plant and collects the W.

In a recent interview with Fight Hype, The Mexican Monster underscored both, his respect of Sweethands and his rationale for how he believes he stops Plant.

“I think I’ve had enough experience up to this point that I think I know how to take the personal away from the bad blood. The main goal for this fight is to go in there and put a beating on Caleb Plant, but I am not going to go out there and do anything that I’ve haven’t done before. I’m not going to be wild and swinging for the fences.

I want to be aggressive, but it’s definitely going to be calculated and everything I do is going to be calculated too. And we are just going to use that bad blood for more motivation to go out there and get the job done. I know its not going to be an easy fight, Caleb is a good fighter, he is a good defensive fighter. But I feel like I am overall stronger, faster, I think better and have more punching power.”


There is no lack of fans who earnestly believe that Benavidez is the strong favorite in this duel. He does have a formidable work-rate, diverse punch selection and pummels the cranium and rib cage with the same devotion and dedication. Even better, he is on a three-year, six-fight knockout streak.

Trained by his father, Jose Benavidez, The Mexican Monster is an undefeated, two-time WBC super middleweight champion who is eager to obtain his next shot at a world title. Putting tread marks on Caleb Plant and collecting the victory would serve him very well in that pursuit. Yet, let’s get them in the ring first before we start day dreaming about who walks away with all the marbles.

By: Bakari Simpson

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