Anthony Dirrell “leaning towards retirement” after knockout loss to Caleb Plant
By Brian Webber: Anthony Dirrell says he’s leaning towards retirement following his ninth round knockout loss to Caleb ‘Sweethands’ Plant on October 15th.
The former two-time WBC super middleweight champion Dirrell (34-3-2, 25 KOs) wants boxing fans to know that his defeat against Plant (22-1, 13 KOs) isn’t the reason why he’s considering retirement. Plant isn’t the one sending Dirrell into retirement.
At this point in Dirrell’s career, he feels that there aren’t a lot of opportunities for a fighter 38-years-old.
He obviously doesn’t want to fight for chump change, but he recognizes that his age was make it difficult to get the fights he wants. Obviously, the ninth round KO loss to Sweethands Plant doesn’t help Dirrell’s situation.
Dirrell feels that the fight was a lot closer than the three judges scored it going into the ninth round. He felt that it was a close fight, and he got caught with a left hook from Plant at the same time he was throwing his own shot, and the rest was history.
Plant was disrespectful of Dirrell by pretending that he was digging dirt and throwing it on his body while he was still unconscious on the floor.
That move was the lowest of the low by Plant, and what goes around comes around. Sooner or later, Plant will get knocked out again, and he probably won’t like it if his opponent pulls the same dirt-digging bit that he used on Dirrell.
Plant will be okay as long as he avoids fighting the best, but if he tries to compete with someone good like David Benavidez, Jermall Charlo, David Morrell, or Canelo Alvarez, chances are high that he’ll get stopped again.
“I haven’t figured it out yet. I’m leaning a little more towards retirement, honestly,” said Anthony Dirrell to Fighthype when asked about his plans after his ninth round knockout loss to Caleb Plant on October 15th.
“I don’t have anything to prove to anybody. I didn’t even need that fight. I just wanted the fight. I’m 38 years old. I can’t fight for nothing. It’s about my health. That’s how people get f***ed up.
“Caleb ain’t sent me into retirement; I promise you that. I was going to do that anyway. I’m 38 years old. Caleb ain’t damn sure sent me into retirement. He can’t do that; nobody can. Only I can do that.
“Them judges didn’t [think the fight was close]. I thought the fight was close as hell, too. It was going back and forth. He did everything that we thought he was going to do.
“He was a lot more accurate with his punches than I thought he would be. Other than that, the punch that he caught me with was a good a** punch.
“We got a few boos in there, but people got to realize that’s how Caleb fights. Caleb is a boxer. He’s not going to get in there and brawl with you. He knew he couldn’t sit there and brawl with me.
“You can’t expect that [brawling] from someone that boxes. Caleb is a good boxer.
‘I told Al [Haymon] before I fought him, ‘This might be the last one. I’m not sure.’ I had to find a way to secure the fight. I was the oldest dude up there.
“I don’t know yet, but that’s what I’m leaning towards. I’m trying to give it a little more time, so my head won’t be wrong. I’m 38 f***ing years old. What can I do in boxing at 38?” said Dirrell.
- David Benavidez vs. Caleb Plant Los Angeles press conference this Thursday, Feb.2nd
- Caleb Plant has a bigger ring for David Benavidez fight
- Caleb Plant faces David Benavidez on Mar.25th at 168 in Las Vegas
- David Benavidez vs. Caleb Plant set for March 25th on Showtime PPV