David Benavidez and Caleb Plant have both erupted in public for a protracted period of time. But even though it seemed like their careers would continue to go in different paths, the two put their disagreements aside and locked themselves in a negotiation room. The two left those discussions with a signed contract in hand after back-and-forth negotiations over minor specifics.
The two will indulge in a war on March 25 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Benavidez has made numerous intimidation attempts against Plant in their build-up. Despite his intimidating language, Plant (22-1, 13 KOs) sees his warnings as harmless. Despite the Mexican native's 26 ring appearances and 23 stoppage wins, Plant recalls a particular night when his next opponent seemed vulnerable.
Back on September 9th, 2017, Benavidez was given his first crack at a super middleweight title against Ronald Gavril. While he would go on to pick up the victory, the fringe contender dropped Benavidez in the final frame.
David's father and trainer Jose Benavidez Sr. feels that Plant is focusing a little too much on his son's comparatively poor performance.
“People can say David was dropped by Gavril,” said Jose to FightHype.com. “Ok, what happened to Gavril after he fought David Benavidez? Every fighter if you look back, every fighter that fought David, they’re not the same. Their career, it’s over. And this is what we’re trying to do with Caleb Plant.”
Plant, 30, is still of the opinion that David's defenses have a number of gaps in them. However, while the former IBF medal winner intends to draw attention to those claimed flaws, team Benavidez is prepared to play a different game on fight night.
“After he fights David, he’s gonna be so beat that he’s not gonna be the same guy. If the knockout comes, I’ll be super happy but we’re not trying to do that. We’re trying to give him the beating of his life.”