David Benavidez is the big bad boogeyman of the super middleweight division. The 26-year-old has a propensity for brutalizing his opponents. Normally, his success is felt right from the opening bell. Against Caleb Plant, however, Benavidez (27-0, 23 KOs) was forced to work a change. (photo by Ryan Hafey)
Earlier this year, in front of a jam-packed crowd in Las Vegas, Nevada, Plant fought a near-perfect fight for the first six rounds. He stood on the outside, mitigated risk by using his feet to get out of harm's way, and used his fast hands to tag the current WBC super middleweight titlist when he wasn’t expecting it.
But while the first half was all Plant, he fell apart in the later rounds before going on to lose to a close unanimous decision.
Still, even with Benavidez picking up the win, his likely upcoming opponent, Demetrius Andrade, has a ton to look at in terms of film. For the former Olympian, he’s seemingly on the verge of lining up against the former two-time champ before the year comes to a close.
As a matchup between them continues to be worked out behind the scenes, Andrade (32-0, 19 KOs) has already been spotted in the gym putting in the work. To a large extent, the now 35-year-old could take the time to study what Plant did during those first six rounds and implement some of his underlying tricks into his own game.
Ultimately, doing so makes little to no sense to Andrade. As the former two-division titlist juxtaposes his own skills to that of Plant, he notices that Plant, while talented, was somewhat limited, making it extraneous to even attempt the very style he used on the night.
“I’m nothing like Caleb Plant,” Andrade told BoxingScene.com during a recent interview. “I’m a 10 times different fighter than Caleb Plant. He got ability for himself. I don’t think he’s the most athletic. I think I’m really athletic. I can change rhythm. I can make it all happen.”