The level of animosity between Caleb Plant and David Benavidez unsurprisingly heated up during their first official presser. Although the two are slated to square off on March 25th, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Benavidez appeared on the verge of swapping fists with his longtime rival far sooner.
On numerous occasions, Benavidez mean-mugged Plant while attempting to step into his air space, only to have security separate the two before things boiled over. When given the opportunity to address Plant, Benavidez warned the former IBF title holder that an unfathomable beating would take place on the 25th of March.
However, despite his pugnacious attitude and eagerness to spew nonstop threats, Plant smiled wryly. In his view, regardless of his bravado, Benavidez is simply all talk.
“That sounds good for the cameras,” said Plant to FightHype.com during a recent interview. “He’s saying a whole lot of things that sound good for the cameras. All these things, the way he’s acting, what he’s doing, it sounds good and it looks good for the cameras.”
Considering Benavidez’s track record, countless prognosticators are led to believe that his verbal threats are more than just bloviating. While he’s always been known for his ability to leave his foes flat on the canvas, as of late, Benavidez has taken his aggression up a notch. With a string of six consecutive stoppage victories, including most recently against David Lemieux, Benavidez (26-0, 23 KOs) has assured his loyal supporters that Plant will suffer the same fate.
On the other side of the spectrum, Plant (22-1, 13 KOs) has bounced back nicely since his stoppage defeat against Canelo Alvarez in 2021. In his lone appearance of 2022, the 30-year-old former champion registered a true knockout-of-the-year candidate in his showdown against Anthony Dirrell, leaving him motionless on the mat in the ninth round.
Normally soft-spoken, Plant remained calm, cool, and collected while Benavidez barked in his direction. By and large, the fleet-of-foot Plant refused to engage in their public quarrel. More than anything, although the current WBC interim tag holder appeared serious when describing the punishment he intends on inflicting on his upcoming foe, until Benavidez turns his words into action, Plant will continue to shrug his shoulders incredulously.
“All these antics, all these things he’s saying, they sound good for the cameras but we don’t believe none of that.”
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