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Anthony Dirrell speaks after knockout loss to Caleb Plant

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By Allan Fox: Former two-time WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell took to social media on Monday to congratulate ‘Sweethands’ Caleb Plant for his ninth round knockout victory last Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The 37-year-old Dirrell (34-3-2, 25 KOs) admits that he never saw the punch coming from the former IBF 168-lb champion Plant that knocked him in the ninth.

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Moments before the knockout, Dirrell had landed some big shots on Plant, and him retreating while under fire. However, Plant then stopped and unleashed a left hook that caught Dirrell on the chin, knocking him cold.

“I want to say congratulations to Caleeb, a hell of a punch. I didn’t see it coming at all. Nevertheless, congratulations,” said Anthony Dirrell on social media, talking about his ninth round knockout loss to Caleb ‘Sweethands’ Plant from last Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“I want to tell everyone else that if you find that video saying, ‘I’ll never be whooped by a whiteboy,’ let me know, and I’ll give you ten thousand dollars because I want to know. I ain’t got a racist bone in my body.

“So let me know if y’all find it and tag me in it so I can give you the money. Peace. Good fight, Caleb. Congratulations, champ,” said Dirrell.

What was really sad was Plant chose to make fun of Dirrell while he was knocked out on the canvas by pretending that he was shoveling dirt on his body.

That was a petty, low-class move by Plant, who picked the wrong moment to make fun of the knocked-out Dirrell. It was bad enough that Plant had chosen a faded old former world champion to fight instead of a younger, higher ranked fighter like David Benavidez to fight, but then made fun of Dirrell after knocking him out. That was a pathetic move.

Even if Plant had knocked out a talented fighter like Benavidez, it would still be a trashy move to make fun of him if he got lucky to score a knockout. Canelo Alvarez didn’t taunt Plant after knocking him out in the 11th round last November.

That’s not the type of person Canelo is, but if he did choose to stoop to that level, he would have been widely criticized by the boxing public.

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