By: Sean Crose
Former tremendous middleweight world titlist Caleb Plant will likely be going through David Benavidez in the primary occasion of a March twenty fifth Showtime pay per view card. The struggle, which is able to reportedly go down on the MGM Grand in Vegas, has lengthy been anticipated. Certainly, Plant reported late final yr that the match had been signed. Nonetheless, an precise date and placement supplies the general public with a wanted sense of certainty. That is boxing, in spite of everything, a sport the place something can’t occur (that wasn’t a typo).
Plant as soon as held the IBF world tremendous middleweight title, a belt he misplaced to Canelo Alvarez in a grueling 2021 battle. Since that point, the person has come again, thrashing Anthony Dirrell late final yr in explosive style. With that in thoughts, Plant is hoping to as soon as once more get Canelo within the ring, not solely to avenge the lone loss on his resume however to maybe earn the title of undisputed tremendous middleweight champion, which Canelo at present holds. Though he blasted out Dirrell within the ninth spherical final October, Plant is extra identified for his ring abilities than for his struggle ending energy.
Benavidez, alternatively, is understood for being a knockout machine. All however three of the person’s 26 wins have come inside the distance. In actual fact, the final time a Benavidez struggle went to the choose’s scorecards was again in early 2018 – 6 fights in the past. Like Plant, the 26 yr outdated Phoenix native would like to sq. off towards Canelo. First, nonetheless, he’ll should get previous the 22-1 former world titlist. If nothing else, this struggle ought to showcase a battle of contrasting kinds. Maybe much more intriguing is the truth that neither fighter seems to care a lot for the opposite.
The winner of this bout will likely be in possession of the Interim WBC tremendous middleweight title, which is at present held by Benavidez. The winner may even change into Canelo’s WBC obligatory, so it isn’t like nothing is on the road right here. General, although, that is an fascinating matchup (no less than on paper) between two high quality contenders who may have rather a lot at stake within the bout. Judging by the best way Plant dealt with Dirrell and the best way Benavidez blasted out David Lemieux in his final ring battle, this could possibly be a really entertaining throwdown. Will or not it’s sufficient to impress Canelo, although? The reply to that query will come on March twenty fifth.