Caleb Plant doesn’t mind underdog role against Benavidez

By Boxing News - 03/13/2023 - Comments

By Robert Segal: Caleb Plant welcomes fighting in the underdog role against interim WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez in their main event fight on March 25th.

Plant (22-1, 13 KOs) says he’s accustomed to being the underdog, as he’s been one many times during his life, and he’s comfortable being put in that position.

Benavidez (26-0, 23 KOs) will be the one with the pressure on him when he defends his interim WBC 168-lb title against the upset-minded Plant on Showtime pay-per-view at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Plant will be looking to position himself for a rematch with Canelo Alvarez by beating Benavidez. That fight is important to the 30-year-old Plant because he wants to avenge his 11th round knockout loss to Canelo in November 2021.

He was getting the better of Canelo through much of the fight until fading in the championship rounds, and getting caught with a big shot in the 11th.

“I like taking the title of an underdog. That’s something I’ve been throughout not just my career but my life,” said Caleb Plant to Fighthype, showing the world that just because you come from a different place and look a certain way, that doesn’t mean you can’t accomplish great things.

“I enjoy having that title above my name, and on March 25th, the most underrated thing, I don’t know. You’ll have to tune in on March 25th to find out for sure.

“I’d say Canelo is a more complete fighter. He’s a legendary fighter, a future Hall of Famer, and he’s got a lot of experience under his belt, and he’s fought a lot of different styles. He’s a great fighter,” said Plant when asked if Benavidez is a better fighter than Canelo Alvarez.

“A lot of it. Raza for Plant, Mexicans for Plant. So I’m definitely feeling a lot of Latino love,” said Plant about his Mexican fans on the Internet. “I appreciate all you guys, showing up, supporting, and tuning in. March 25th, we got a big one.

“He can call himself whatever he wants. That has nothing to do with me,” said Plant about Benavidez’s nickname, ‘The Mexican Monster.’ “March 25th, we’re going to find out.

“David does a lot of things good. He’s a good fighter. I never felt like he was anything other than a good fighter. That’s where I’m at in my career. I want to fight good fighters. I’m not here to face bums.

“I’m not here to face scrubs. I’m continuing to place myself in the position of being the underdog, and I don’t mind that. March 25th, styles make fights, and we’ll get to find out on March 25th.

“In some of my TV fights, the left hand, but in a lot of my early fights, it’s the right hand that’s getting the job done. One hand sets up the other. I feel like I’m a complete fighter. I’m a two-handed fighter, and I’ve got a two-fisted attack, and I’m able to do a lot of things in the ring,” said Plant.

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