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Benavidez vs Plant HIGHLIGHTS: March 25, 2023 | PBC on Showtime PPV
- Published on Mar 25, 2023 veröffentlicht
- Undefeated two-time super middleweight world champion David “The Mexican Monster” Benavidez retained his Interim WBC Super Middleweight Title with a bruising unanimous decision victory over former world champion Caleb Plant in the SHOWTIME PPV main event Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. The judges’ final tallies were 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113.
The highly anticipated showdown between super middleweight rivals turned into the intriguing clash of styles that many predicted it would be, as Plant’s boxing acumen carried the early action until the brute force and high-volume power punching of Benavidez took over. After 12 grueling rounds in front of a sold out arena, the two fighters squashed their years long beef, embracing and expressing their mutual respect.
“I know there was a lot said between us but in the end we settled this like men,” said Benavidez. “I’m happy we gave the fans the best rivalry of the year or the last five years. I’m just very happy.”
“It’s a big rivalry but that’s what boxing is all about,” said Plant. “We came here and settled it like men. I take nothing from David. We haven’t been the best of friends but we got into the ring and we settled it like men. That’s what you’re supposed to do. He’s a helluva fighter.”
According to CompuBox, Benavidez (27-0, 23 KOs) held a large advantage in power punches landed (180-68) but also out-landed Plant in jabs (30-23). Plant (22-2, 13 KOs) was the busier fighter, throwing 624 to Benavidez’s 551, but was unable to deter the late round onslaught from Benavidez.
“I knew I had to take it step by step and round by round,” said Benavidez. “Caleb is a tough fighter. He’s not going to give you everything in the first few rounds so you have to find him. But I feel like I didn’t just show that I was a power puncher tonight. I showed that I had defense and head movement and I was able to move around the ring and cut the ring off really good.”
Plant’s movement appeared to give Benavidez trouble throughout the early action, as Plant consistently landed two to three punch combinations and escape Benavidez’s counters. It wasn’t until round eight that Plant’s movement began to slow down and his attempts at holding were increasingly thwarted.
“I was trying to hold him when necessary, punch him when necessary, and throw my combinations when necessary,” said Plant. “But when the best get in there with the best, you roll the dice and someone is going to come out with their hand raised and someone will come up short. And one thing that I pride myself on is that I roll with the best in the world. I haven’t ducked anyone and maybe we can have a rematch in the future.”
As the fight moved into the championship rounds, Benavidez pushed forward more aggressively, busting Plant’s nose and peppering him with short hooks from all angles. Plant stayed on his feet for the final bell, but his final attempts to turn the tide were thwarted by Benavidez. Asked post fight about his future plans, Benavidez set his sights squarely on undisputed 168-pound champion Canelo Alvarez.
“I just want to tell everyone that I have a lot of respect for Canelo Alvarez but he has to give me that shot now,” said Benavidez. “That’s what everyone wants to see. Let’s make it happen.
Now the fans are calling for this fight, the legends are calling for this fight, so let’s make it happen.”
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Full respect to Plant. He took the fight no-one wanted and took it like a man. Hope to see him back!
Definitely couldn't KO Plant, Benavidez is not going to knock out Canelo!😂😅😂👎👎
And hugged every chance he got .. He's lucky, Kenny Bayless was the referee.. Any other ref would have took points for the excessive holding which plant did the whole fight and saved him from getting stopped!!..
@MiÑONGA the point is putting on a show, and the fact that David was able to leak plant puts him in a right to put on a show wit canelo
It went the way I thought it would, except I thought Benavidez was going to stop him. Hats off to Plant for his toughness. Congrats to DB! I hope CA gives him the fight next.
Reff helped plant stay in the fight
CALEB PLANT fought a titanic fight, but BENAVIDEZ hit hard, his body weight was on his side, plus he did not get tired. All things considered, I believe the headbutt and subsequent cut inhibited PLANT's execution. It was an exciting fight, though! After the way Benavidez fought, Canelo Alvarez might want to fight him because he appeared vulnerable against a very beatable Plant. You can argue that Canelo was more dominating in his 11th-round knockout victory over Plant than Benavidez was in beating him by a 12-round decision.
Skip helped allowed him to hold and stopped momentum 3x at least.
@The Boxer Facts 💯. If Canelo fights him should be sooner than later. Benavides should still improve as he has age on his side.
Respect to Plant for stepping up and fighting the fights others avoid. Rare in today's boxing, made a fan of me.
He just fought the best in the weight he gone be back better 💯 this was a win win for plant . Learning experience
He got outclassed
of course, all Caleb did was hug Benavides throughout the fight
Clenelo still looking for his heart from the wizard of Oz
If there’s a rematch, which I doubt, you need a ref that does not tolerate excessive holding, warn, take away points there after … Ring size, a size bigger than the smallest …
David master class. Props to Plant, he knew he needed those last two rounds and went all in against a monster, instead of accepting defeat and avoid damage. That was an epic last stand!
Wow, what a fight. Huge props to Benavidez and Plant for putting it all on the line and giving the fans a fight they wanted.
Benavidez’ style of focusing on short punches is brilliant and unique. It works so well! Props to both guys. Amazing display of boxing.
Couldn't have said it better myself.
Yeah ! right ? he’s long and tall but his inside game is elite like if he was a short stocky fighter
@Carlos Sierra I like this Benavides kid. Haven't paid much attention , but he is still learning also. Definitely champion in the making
@Harley Young he’s been champion twice already. He’s never lost his titles in the ring only outside. Tested positive for cocaine his first reign and then couldn’t make weight for another. So his biggest enemy is himself but that was few years back and he looks focused.
Damn. I hope boxers start doing this when they start clinching
Plant's speed is crazy.
Benavidez's power and accuracy was impeccable.
Caleb has all the skills and heart but requires so much energy for 12 rounds, David reserves all his energy because his punches are just effortless with so much power. Caleb has nothing to be ashamed of, he let it all hang out in the 12th, what a fight.
Very good assessment on David's utilization of conserve energy but still delivering effectiveness.
Definitely. This was terribly played by Plant. He should have started slow, and met in the middle rounds with Benavides instead of stepping on the gas in the early rounds. He could have definitely won.
Na because he’s a weight bully man should be fighting above this weight class but hey can’t blame him
@fabulous jada how is he a weight bully ? He litellrey beat plant by outboxing him the 2nd half of the fight . Plant landed less punches on plant than he did on Canelo . If anyone is a weight bully it’s Canelo with all his catchweights .
Damn. Caleb definitely earned that check and im sure respect from everyone watching. That was war for him. Wow. The monster!!
Benavides is a beast but hats off to plant for taking two of the hardest fights back to back! He’s always entertaining to watch 👏🏾
Hurt to see plants reaction to his loss as well as the beating he took hopefully plant will be champion once again 🙏🏽💪🏽
He might be should he get another big sss ring and a shiftless ss ref like Bayless. Plant had to pay that ref..... Bayless did all he could to give Plant the edge. IT WAS A CRIME TO SEE A REF DO A FIGHT LIKE THIS. THIS FIGHT WAS TOO IMPORTANT FOR THE REF TO ACT THE WAY HE DID.
It's heart warming to see these guys end this heated rivalry and shake hands so wholesome that's what it's all about
They have to sell it in order to eat
@Craig Wallace All that vulgar profane language wasn't necessary from David & his dad's part,to sell a fight that fans WANTED to see.Young ppl look up to them,& they're role models like it or not.I'm glad to see they cleaned that up.
No doubt man.
Plant was done in the 8th . Ref stopped the action to let him recover. He was definitely on the take. All that damn hugging all night
Ive been a benavidez fan since 2017 and he was my guy for this and Lowkey I mightve disliked plant and everything but after the fight I really came to like the guy. He took the fight nobody wanted and took his loss like a man. I hope he comes back and gets a few solid wins again💯🙏
Plant is one tough guy, as tough as the come, and he never gave up and fought his heart out in the final two rounds. When David woke up the next day he knew he had been in a fight. DB has heavy hands of stone. Plant has a chin and upper body made of stone.
This whole card was honestly so good to watch. From rayo vs colbert, to the two undefeated prospects and then the two big names. One of my favorite cards already so far.
That was a great fight. A lot of back and forth and momentum changes. It actually looked like Plant was going to run away with it in the first half of the fight but then Benavidez started really pour it on the 2nd half. Great fight.
Man, they gave it all for the fans!! Absolute Respect for plant and Benavidez💯💯
They brang in all on the table yo both are real fighters
Plant was running and hugging the whole fight that saved him from getting knocked out 😂😂
Yo he got cracked hard on the chin he was in good condition not to go down that's for sure Richard Pryor said hit him so hard his heart reached out and grabbed him
@Harry Heath , Lmfao 🤣🤣I could imagine how his face looks today, he has to be swollen and sore..🤣🤣
Canelo will knock david out. He could get rid of Plant like.canelo did.
They gave us fight fans what we've been craving!!!🥊💯
David Benavidez is abso-freaking-lutely a monster in the ring who punches like a swarm of aggressive bees but Caleb Plant proved to be a tough and brave lion. CONGRATS and RESPECT for both great warriors. What a extraordinary march 25 bout!
Benavidez a hell of a fighter 🇲🇽
Amen to that
He’s Ecuadorian and he’s no monster
couldn't get the job done
@Luis Mosqueda half
@William Anderson fuck my bad I forgot he from Arizona. Ecuadorian-American
Dude nothing more scary than a guy who just barely slides a shot to return a shot every time. Like he’s so calm about how he stalks. I’m a mad David fan now holy crap he’s amazing
No sé le puede quitar merito a Plant pero Benavidez fue avasallador. Viva México 🇲🇽
Nobody talking about David’s defense. This was the best I ever seen his defense.
His reflexes are very underrated
Too much hugging and running from Plant this guy should have a job hugging senior citizens .. And Kenny Bayless didn't even deduct a point for excessive holding .. If he would have done his job, this fight would have not went the distance!!..
His defense sucked. His foot work was real trash.
Great sportmanship from both and a great fight, truly what boxing needs... 👏👏👏
Great fight both guys. Great to see the professionalism and sportsmanship after the fight.
Going into the fight, you see it was bad blood between the two. These two put it all on the line and showed fans this is boxing and why many love the sport till this day. Going all 12 rounds in a hard hitting and bloody war, had to be respect at the end of the day. What a bout.
That respect at the end🙌🏾 they just had get in the ring to set the differences to the side. No matter what trash talk comes after that was the realist moment. For them
Good comment Anthony, But the hatred beforehand I don't like, it sucks the energy right out of a guy.
Great performance by benavidez . He’s definitely one of the best fighters of our time . 💯💪🏿
This is how the sport should look like... the best fighting the best. Salute to these two warriors.
💯Hopefully it got the support, so it can start happening consistently. I believe if it has good #’s we’ll most definitely see Errol vs Bud this summer.
El BANDERA ROJA
Benavidez is lame
The UFC can learn from this fight and boxing!
Plant mis respetos , se quedó a pelear con todo , mucho corazón, pensé se la pasaría corriendo y claro golpes solo para conectar puntos.
Para nada se plantó en el centro y peleó hasta el final 👏👏👏👏 para el
I was with Plant from beginning, and I'm still with Plant for his endurance and class. 👍🏾
Heyyyy white on white dont make it not right.
Support yo boy
BENAVIDEZ HATER‼️ IK U A CANELO FAN
Big support for Benavidez and Plant who put everything on the line and gave the fans the fight they wanted.
Huge respect to Caleb plant ❤❤
SE GANO EL RESPETO DE LOS MEXICANOS, CALEB PLANT ES UN LEON ES UN GUERRERO. LA VIDA DA REVANCHA YA VENDRAN COSAS BUENAS PARA EL
Amazing Fights. Congratulations to David. He is truely a Monster. As for Plant, congratulations for raising your stock back to back with top tiers opponents. Nothing to be ashamed of. This is what boxing needs. Best fighting the best and keeping fans guessing on who will win.
Man,respect to Plant,left it all out there, against a monster of a fighter.
They respect & love at the end is what meant the most to me I'm happy that all the beef ended with David, Jr. And Sr. Respect to both families and salute to the friendship they made! 🙏💯🙏🥊🖤🥊
What a great fight, respect to both fighters
Damn, he beat the breaks off that man. Such clean and powerful shots. Shit looked like it hurt 😂😂
This is what happens when the best fights the best. Respect to both men and glad they were able to hash out their issues because life is short. This was an instant classic!
Caleb plant is far from the best who has he beat?
@Deidra Little dumb point toe to toe and took it to the end, you acting like David got the ko in 3 rd
@here a little while Lol it wasn’t toe to toe, Caleb was getting rocked so badly he might’ve beaten the record for most holds in a single match😂
@Deidra Little. On paper Caleb plant is amongst the best right now,
He was ranked the number one contender for the WBC before this fight.
damn what a fight. mad respect for both warriors for accepting a hard fight and bringing it. Benavidez looked damn good and did some serious damage to Plant.
Great fight, and both of them deserve the respect of the boxing world!
Benavidez - WOW! Both of these guys were putting in work. After everything that David has been through, I hope that he can enjoy the ride.
Respect to both fighters, that was a real fight!
Benavidez is just a phisycal Monster in this weightclass, and Plant what a will, what a warrior
A A so fucking true bro.
I truly felt that Caleb didn't want to fight David, but he accepted the call, like a man, and gave his best. Respect to Caleb and David,for taking this back to old school and getting the job done for boxing and the fans!! Crawford and Spence, whatcha gonna do?
@G H bro caleb clearly wanted to fight and he was schooling him till round 6, but the benavidez pressure was too much for him
@joze boxing is a 12 round fight sure he schooled DB for 6 after that DB schooled him and out a beat down on Plant . Most people say DB has no boxing skills and no defense clearly he does
@Deszi , And it was a beat down.. plant probably has the most hugs in boxing 🥊🤣😆
Now this is a real fight. Toe to Toe. No running or hugging. Pure action.
A lot of hugging from Caleb
This was a very competitive and highly entertaining fight for me. It inevitably warrants a rematch
People won’t talk about how close this fight was just because Plant took more damage. I had it 6-6.
Caleb showed the most heart I’ve ever seen from a boxer.
Lol then you haven’t seen some of the battles like Bradley Vs Provodnikov or Gatti vs Ward lmao
@Alexis Mundo Morales Barrera - Marquez Paquiao
Are you freakin kidding? Plant ran and hold the entire fight.
Cringe he lost
you aint kno ish bout boxin -
Plant has the heart of a lion, incredible performances from both fighters, this is what boxing is all about
Great fight! Plant took powerful head shots but took them like a champ!
Caleb gained respect from me in this fight ! A great clash of warriors!
Bro really is a monster. Big, strong, fast. Respect to Plant for willing to go toe-to-toe with him.
Two warriors. Respect to both. Two winners
Wow, respects to Plant though for the heart, putting up a tough fight, and not backing down.
Congratulations to Benavidez, really is a beast although missed seeing his notorious combos and hand speed.
Probably because of Plant's clutching all the time.👊
Very dominant performance by Kenny Bayless. Hard man to beat, def gave his all...
Man fr 💀
Caleb Plant should just hire Kenny Bayless as his coach.
this was Floyd's favorite ref when he fought somebody similar to benevidez
Mrs. Kenny Mayweather-Bayless.
Benavidez would have scored knock downs if it wasn’t for the refs help
The ref didn’t warn Caleb for too much clinching
Both of them won tonight in my eyes, easily the best fight I’ve watched in a while
Great fight! Props to Plant for taking the fight and finishing!!!
Still a Plant fan regardless of the decision he fought a good fight and his technique and sharp punching is why I really admire him such a talent
I have much respect for Plant. He had very good moments and I think he could have capitalized a bit more if he kept distance, instead of taking the shots, I know he is tough but the jab and fast straights are more effective.
Great fight for boxing. We need more big fights like this. Can’t wait to see Ryan and Tank next!
Props to David for beating Caleb, and the ref. Props to Caleb for going the distance with such a monster. Entertaining fight
This comment is deep only people that truly understand boxing will comprehend this !
If there was a diff ref it would have been a TKO for sure
" and the ref" gave me a good grin fella thank you 😊
@Lander Cincinnati gave a great comment 😊
I hated the constant holding. If he hadn't have the fight would not have went 12 rounds.
Plant is the fookin man. Much respect. Fans don’t care if you lose, it’s how you lose and come back. Plants last three fights 💪🏼 he got a lot of heart and that’s all fans love to see. Love it.
Indeed, i think nowdays fighters dont want to lose and dont fight the best, thats why many fight that should dont happen but fights like this prove that a great fight is what people want and even if you lose against the best you still get respect
That clown ran all night
What a classic fight ...... all ppv fight should be like this excitement...
Respect to plant for blocking all those punches with his face 💯💪
Thank you Caleb for giving us this bad ass fight
Plant is very skilled and has great head movement and footwork , but as i expected Benavidez broke him down by 6th or the 7th and he slowly started being flat footed and giving David way to much room to let his hands go 💯
Caleb did well making Benavidez fight his fight early on ,but he just couldn’t keep that pace and volume up hats off to both warriors I can’t wait to see what’s next for Benavidez hopefully it’s Alaverz 🔥✌️
Still a fan of Plant for making things happen. So tired of everyone ducking everyone. Benavidez is a monster!!
Being in that arena last night was awesome! The energy there was wild! Definitely don't regret it.
FIGHT TO REMEMBER HOMIE💯WISH I WAS THERE TOO🙏🏿
Man, where you at?
You was not in Las Vegas bro, stop the 🧢
I promise there will not be a fight bigger than this in 2023. Not even tank vs Garcia
Much respect to Plant
He took it like a CHAMP
And returned fire when he could
The Mexican Monster is waiting now!!!
Respect to these two warriors. This just shows how good guys like Canelo and Bivol are. Canelo ko'd Plant and I hope now people realize that the cinnamon ain't running from no one.
I didn’t realize how little power he had or how well Benavidez could take a punch. Plant never once phased Benavidez. I thought Plant had a bit more power. I think that was the difference, if Plant had more power then Benavidez wouldn’t have been able to walk him down the last half of the fight.
Plant got his fans aka Canelo fans hyped up. Real hype job. No power. Benavidez style is to get hit and apply pressure. He doesn’t stop coming forward. Casuals think the guy got a glass jaw w that Gavril knockdown. The guy proved himself tonight that he’s legit.
Que buena pelea, estas son peleas de dos guerreros que dan todo en el
Plant is hella talented with tons of heart....David is what Chavez Jr. shoulda been.
Should have been? You saying that like Benavidez has done a lot. He only beat one champion and that was Dirrell who was gifted the belt vs Yildirim.
@The Angry Casual Fan What other champs did you want him to fight?
@GoGetYourShinebox Well there has been about 7 different champs at 168 since 2018. Do you watch boxing?
Caleb has a champions heart. Great fighter. I feel he just got tired. Had the steam knocked out of him with well placed body shots over the course of the fight. But he wasn’t going to beat DB. I didn’t see it. Still a great fight between two great fighters.
Caleb is an excellent fighter Benavidez was just too strong
Gran pelea 🥊 sin dudas Benavidez puede llegar a barrer esa categoria sin problemas. 😎
Seguramente como que lo noquea en el 4 asalto
Man imagine if plant actually turned his hips over, he's got the dog, the skills and the heart.
He just needs to sit on his punches, otherwise he's gonna keep on getting walked down.
Incredible fight nonetheless.
David looked amazing. He never looked gassed despite the pace that plant put on in the first 6 rounds. Full respect to Plant as well. He comfortably won the first 6 rounds and when Benavidez came on late, Plant took shots that would've put most fighters out.
So u called it a draw?
He took all those shots holding hugging for dear life and with the help of that POS corrupt REF Needs to get fired asap
@JACKIE HASSAN well he’s not gonna let David throw combos on him just standing there is he 😂
Vedant Patel that's what I saw, Plant outboxing Benavidez the first 6 rounds, then gassing out the last 6, it was a very close fight, despite what people think, because Benavidez took over the second half of the fight, but lost the first 6 rounds. Yes Plant took Benavidez best shots very well, maybe Benavidez doesn't hit that hard, and Plant was landing as well on Benavidez, great fight.
@LOTM2 there is no way Plant won all 6 rounds he won at most 4. It was indeed a competitive first half but DB already turned on his 2nd gear by 5th round and proceeded to beat up Plant badly till the end of the fight. You are all acting like Plant gassed by himself shit if he is not in such a great shape he would be out cold already by those bombs.
This was very similar to Pacquiao vs Clottey. Pacquiao was a destructive monster and he couldn’t get Joshua Clottey out of there or even drop him because Clottey held all night and clinched and only came to survive 🤷♂️ same thing here with Plant. You can’t get a guy out of there if he’s not willing to engage and fight.
Plant for the good fight nothing to hold his head down about 💯💯💯💯
Man i love these both fighters been rooting for this two meet each other in their division and it finally happens
Plant kept fighting those last 2 rounds like a warrior, great fight
That 12th rounds was incredible. I can’t believe Plant was able to rally and make that a close round after getting beat up for 4 rounds.
The mental strength of Caleb is crazy
Both of these guys are taking the hard fights. Respect to both for stepping up and both should be proud of their performances. Plant fell short but dug deep and Benavidez showed that he can be patient and avoid getting frustrated.
Hope this inspire others to fight the fights the fans want to see no losers in this one a real old school classic💪💪
This Fight Brought Tears To my Eyes! What a Beautiful Fight, Long Live Boxing! 💪🔥🥊
Congrats Benavidez!! Plant looked sharp! 👌
💪Buena campeón 🇲🇽
This is boxing 🥊🥊.. salute for benavidez and plant🎉🎉 what a fight
Love seeing the respect after the fight. 💯💯
They gave us fight fans what we've been craving!!!
I doubted Benavidez. This is the first time I'm wrong. Great performance by both but Benavidez did an outstanding job!
Respect to both fighters🤙. I'm glad I got to watch this one.
Hope we see plenty more from Plant.
Fight of the year so far for me. Well worth staying up for
David wasn't even breathing hard. His stamina is very impressive. His defence was excellent in this he made plant look average.
David didnt do much in the first 6 lol ofc he wasnt breathing hard
David actually got a 2nd wind. He got tired and sloppy in the 5th round before coming back strong
Guess you didn't watch the first 6 rounds 😂
Average have a word jockey
Definitely impressive stamina. He conserved hisnpunches early on but kept walking down Plant.
A PPV that was actually worth the money 💰
So much respect for plant. Huge fan !!
Great fight, both of you 🏆🔥
Benavides out Boxed the “Boxer”. Easier said than done 👏