David Benavidez Defeats Caleb Plant by Unanimous Decision in 12-Round War – Benavidez vs. Plant Results (Highlights)

David Benavidez retained his WBC interim super-middleweight championship with a unanimous decision victory over Caleb Plant on Saturday night

Caleb Plant
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Caleb Plant returned to the squared circle this Saturday night for a showdown with undefeated WBC interim super-middleweight champion David Benavidez.

Emanating from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Benavidez will defend his interim crown after scoring a third-round TKO over David Lemieux in May. It was Benavidez’s third-straight victory by way of technical knockout, extending his undefeated run to 26-0.  In November 2021, Plant suffered the first defeat of his professional boxing career via 11th-round TKO to Canelo Álvarez. ‘Sweethands’ bounced back in a big way, scoring a ninth-round knockout of Anthony Dirrell in October. 

Round 1

Both fighters came out and spent the majority of the first round sizing up one another and working jabs to the body. Plant moves in with 80 seconds left in the round looking to land big, but quickly tied up once in close. Left hook from Benavidez land and Plant rolls with it. Jab to the chest of Plant followed by a left hook. Benavidez moves in and eats a stiff jab as round one ends. 

Round 2

Benavidez comes out targeting the body with a right and Plant responds with a solid combination. Big swings with the left and right from Benavidez hit nothing, but air. Plant fires off another combination, but nothing of significance lands. Left hook by Benavidez followed by a right. 1-2 by Plant. Left hook from Benavidez grazes Plant. Left hook from Plant lands. Plant lands a right while continuing to work the jab to keep distance. A beautiful combination from Plant closes the round.

Round 3

Caleb Plant opens the third with a left hook to the body followed by a right. Plant is beginning to get more aggressive. A combination from Plant, but Benavidez responds with a left hook that lands. Plant jabs the body twice, but it appears Benavidez may have landed a glancing blow forcing Plant to desperately tie up. Combo from Plant doesn’t get through the guard of Benavidez. Left hook from Plant snaps back the head of Benavidez. Overhand right from Benavidez narrowly misses as the third round bell sounds. 

Round 4

Benavidez comes out targeting the body. Combination from Plant followed by a jab to the body of Benavidez. Plant continues to move as Benavidez stalks him. Right hook from Plant. Left hook glances off the head of Plant. Back-to-back lefts from Benavidez nearly land. Left hook connects for Benavidez. Plant responds with a stiff jab and a little dance as the fourth round ends. 

Round 5

Both fighters rip to the body to open the round. Plant backs Benavidez to the ropes and attacks the body. Swinging left hook from Benavidez misses the mark. Benavidez calls for Plant to join him in the middle of the ring before moving in and landing a left hook forcing Plant to tie up. Inside left hook for Benavidez lands. Two left hooks from Benavidez as he has Plant cornered. Plant dances out of danger and both fighters do a little showboating before the bell sounds. 

Round 6

Benavidez comes out as the aggressor and begins to attack the body, lacking two solid shots. Benavidez delivers a jab that snaps back the head of Plant. Combo from Plant as Benavidez continues to march forward. Left hook to the body of Plant. Plant responds with a combination and quickly ties up. Left hook from Benavidez lands. Plant ties up and the two are separated as the bell sounds. 

Round 7

1-2 from Caleb Plant to start the round. Solid right hand lands for Benavidez. Right hand by Plant as Benavidez unloads a left hook to the body. Plant could be hurt and quickly ties up. Counter right from Plant lands. Left hook from Benavidez followed by another one. Plant retreats as the blows appeared to land clean. Plant turns up the pressure in the last 30 seconds of the round with an increase in volume, likely in an attempt to steal a round that largely went to Benavidez. 

Round 8

Left hook from Caleb Plant. Benavidez lands a big right hand that has Plant on his bicycle. Benavidez begins targeting the body, but the referee quickly warns him for what appeared to be a low blow. Big right hand from Benavidez. Plant ties up as he appears to be hurt. Big right hand from Benavidez snaps back the head of Plant. Plant is on wobbly legs as Plant ties up. Plant is beginning to slow, but the referee calls time to have the doctor check on Plant due to a cut that could have been from a clash of heads. Jab from Benavidez lands as he continues to pursue a finish, but Plant survives to the bell.

Round 9

Caleb Plant comes out and immediately lands a shot below the belt. Time is briefly called and Plant receives a hard warning. Plant ripping to the body to try to slow Benavidez down. Plant unloads a combination of strikes, but nothing makes it past the guard of Benavidez. Huge right hand by Benavidez. Chopping right hand by Benavidez as they tie up. Benavidez begins to taunt Plant, encouraging him to throw more. A huge uppercut from Benavidez just misses and Plant appears to have been wobbled by a big left hook from Benavidez just before the bell sounds.

Round 10

Caleb Plant comes out throwing volume and Benavidez responds with a big right hand. Plant attempts to tie up, but Benavidez works to fight out of it and continues to pepper Plant with big strikes. Right uppercut from Benavidez lands. Right hand from Benavidez. Sweeping left hook followed by a right from Benavidez. Massive left body shot from Benavidez lands. Two right hands from Benavidez land. Left to the body of Plant followed by a check left hook upstairs by Benavidez closes the round.

Round 11

Caleb Plant moves in close with a combination and eats a right hand from Benavidez. Big left hook from Benavidez hurts Plant. Plant is beginning to fade and attempts to tie up, but eats multiple lefts from Benavidez in the process. Benavidez begins teeing off on Plant. Another big right hand from Benavidez after a body shot from Plant. Plant’s mobility and head movement is practically non-existent at this point as the pressure and power of Benavidez becomes too much.

Round 12

At this point, Plant has only landed 14% of his total strikes thrown, but that doesn’t stop the challenger from continuing to throw. Plant lands a solid jab. Left hook from Benavidez just misses the mark. 1-2 by Plant. Right hand from Benavidez followed by a left to the body. Plant rips to the body and eats a left in return from Benavidez. An uppercut from Benavidez partially lands. Plant fires off multiple strikes targeting Benavidez’s body. Both men go toe-to-toe in the final 10 seconds with Plant eating a big left hook. 

Official Result: David Benavidez def. Caleb Plant via unanimous decision (115-113, 116-112, 117-111)

Check Out Highlights From David Benavidez vs. Caleb Plant on Saturday Night


Published on March 26, 2023 at 1:26 am
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