Canelo Alvarez Picks David Benavidez as Favorite to Win Against Caleb Plant in Upcoming Super Middle
Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez recently offered his thoughts on an upcoming super middleweight bout between David Benavidez and Caleb Plant. The fight is scheduled for March 25 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be broadcasted on Showtime Pay-Per-View.
Alvarez, the current undisputed champion in the 168-pound division, believes that Benavidez has the upper hand in this fight. In an interview with ESNews, he stated that Benavidez's youth and strength give him an advantage over Plant.
This comes as no surprise, as Alvarez has fought Plant in the past, defeating him in an undisputed 168-pound championship bout in 2021. The fight ended with Alvarez earning Plant's IBF title via 11th-round technical knockout.
Benavidez, on the other hand, is known for his come-forward approach and whipping body shots. He is a former two-time titlist at 168 but has lost his titles both times for reasons outside of the ring. The first time was due to testing positive for cocaine, and the second was for coming in overweight ahead of a super middleweight title defense against Roamer Alexis Angulo in 2020.
Despite these setbacks, Benavidez has been working hard to regain his titles and is currently on a winning streak. In May of 2021, he picked up a breezy third-round knockout of former middleweight titlist David Lemieux.
The fight between Benavidez and Plant is a contrast of styles. Plant, an orthodox cutie, typically relies on his shrewdness, although he surprised viewers in his last fight when he drubbed Anthony Dirrell with a harrowing one-punch knockout in the ninth round.
The fighters have expressed their distaste for each other, and tensions are running high ahead of the fight. They nearly came to blows during a tense press conference held in Los Angeles last week.
It will be interesting to see how this fight plays out. Benavidez is a formidable opponent, but Plant is known for his boxing skills and could potentially outsmart Benavidez in the ring. However, with Alvarez's endorsement, it seems that Benavidez has a good chance of coming out on top. Boxing fans will be eagerly waiting for March 25 to see who emerges as the victor.