David Benavidez vs. Caleb Plant results: Benavidez comes from behind to bludgeon Plant for unanimous decision
By Andreas Hale,2023-03-26
LAS VEGAS -- Tensions were high at the pre-fight press conference between David Benavidez and Caleb Plant ahead of their showdown on March 25. Not taking their eyes off one another, everyone held their breath in case the fight started early. The bad blood should make for an exceptional fight between two warriors.
Benavidez vs. Plant, a bout between the two top-ranked fighters at super middleweight outside of Canelo Alvarez, will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Fans in the U.S. can watch the action via Showtime PPV.
The fight has been over five years in the making. Benavidez, the former two-time WBC champion, and Plant, the former IBF champion, have made things personal. From trash-talking about family to a gym confrontation that led to a skirmish , Las Vegas is the perfect setting to settle their beef.
The undefeated Benavidez lost his belts due to a positive drug test for cocaine, then again when he missed weight for a title defense. He has an 88% knockout ratio and averages the fourth-most total punches landed per round with 25.6. Benavidez believes Plant will falter while facing a “true super middleweight,” and Plant will be in pain from the start of the fight until the bitter end.
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“I’m gonna break Caleb’s jaw on Saturday night, by the sixth round,” Benavidez stated. "I’ve been working extremely hard, and I’m super ready. All the talk is done. I see Caleb has been doing that grave-digging gesture, but he’s digging his own grave. We’re gonna see what that chin is like on Saturday.”
Plant's run as champion ended after two years, thanks to a loss at the hands of Canelo. He rebounded with a violent win against Anthony Dirrell (KO 9) in October. With Stephen "Breadman" Edwards in his corner along with his boxing IQ, Plant believes he has what it takes to take down Benavidez.
“I’ve worked extremely hard for this fight. I don’t care if he’s already on weight. That’s what you’re supposed to do. Welcome to the club,” Plant stated. “You got your newfound muscles that you’ve been showing off all week. Welcome to the club. I don’t need the right opponent in front of me to start working hard. I’ve been this disciplined, and I’ve walked the straight line. I’ve been doing it since I was a little kid. You have a real one in front of you on Saturday. I’m no blown-up middleweight, I’m the real deal. You’re gonna see.”
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David Benavidez vs. Caleb Plant live results, updates
David Benavidez vs. Caleb Plant
Result: David Benavidez def. Caleb Plant via unanimous decision. Scores were 116-112, 117-111 & 115-113
Round Twelve: Benavidez makes his push and Plan is fighting back. The balls on Caleb Plant are massive. Benavidez rips him for coming forward. Uppercuts from Benavidez and a right hand. The power punching from Benavidez is brutal. Plant is still fighting but he just can't hurt Beenavidez. Big combination from Benavidez hurts Plant again. Uppercut from Benavidez lifts Plant's chin to the roof but Plant throws a flurry of punches. Big combination from Benavidez hurts Plant and they go to war to the end!
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Benavidez (115-113 Benavidez)
Round Eleven: 2 rounds left and Plant has to survive. He's trying but Benavidez just smashes him with an uppercut. Big left hook hurts Plant again. Benavidez has him wobbled badly. More body shots. Plant is trying to survive but this is getting rough. chopping right and a left to the body. Six uppercuts in a row from Benavidez. Massive left hook! Plant is ready to go down. More punishment!! Benavidez is pounding the sense out of Plant. It's brutal but Plant is still standing somehow as the round ends. How is he awake???
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Benavidez (105-104 Benavidez)
Round Ten: Plant is trying to fight Benavidez off but the Monster is in pursuit. Right hand from Benavidez lands and Plant fires back but eats an uppercut and here comes a wicked 8 punch combination. Plant is falling apart. Benavidez lands an uppercut and tears into Plant with a right hook. He's smoking Plant. Right hook has him in huge trouble. Plant looks like he's going down. Benavidez to the body. Head. Smashing Plant! Plant is fighting back with all he has. Benavidez is just destroying Plant. Five right hooks uppercut and body combo. This is getting ugly as the round comes to a close.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Benavidez (95-95)
Round Nine: Plant launches a menacing hook into Benavidez's nether realm. Action stops for a low blow. It resumes and Benavidez lands a left hook. He's getting closer and stronger. This crowd is going wild. Right hook and a pair of left hands land hard by Benavidez. He's in seek and destroy mode. Plant is running out of air but he's fighting back. Benavidez thumps his chest and comes after him. Benavidez is unloading on Plant, who is hanging on for dear life. Benavidez is trying to kill Plant with every punch he throws. The tide has shifted immensely.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Benavidez (86-85 Plant)
Round Eight: Plant is using every inch of the ring. Benavidez shreds Plant with a left hook on the inside and rocks him badly! Here he comes and he rips to the body. Hard right hand by Benavidez has Plant on his bicycle. Benavidez lands a hook and Plant is hurt. He is wobbled badly. Referee stops the action after a headbutt. Right in the middle of a Benavidez onslaught. The action starts and Benavidez is clubbing Plant. Huge left hook sends Plant into the ropes. Benavidez clobbers Plant around the ring until the round ends.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Benavidez (77-75 Plant)
Round Seven : Plant lands a short right hook and Benavidez chases after him. Short right counter by Plant off a long Benavidez jab. Another counter from Plant lands flush. Benavidez unloads on Plant with bombs. Body and head. Plant fights back to the body. Hard left hook from Plant lands and moves Benavidez back. Plant with a beautiful combination to close the round. A round that Plant needed to win was close but he edged it out.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Plant (68-65 Plant)
Round Six : Hard left hand from Benavidez lands flush and Plant gets out of there immediately. Plant pops the jab to keep Benavidez honest. Benavidez nearly loses his balance after swinging but lands a trio of short uppercuts. Plant lands to the body and Benavidez responds with a left hook to the side of the head. Plant wraps him up. Benavidez opens up a can of thudding hooks and uppercuts to close the round.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Benavidez (58-56 Plant)
Round Five : Plant goes to work on Benavidez along the ropes. He doesn't land anything of importance. Body shot from Benavidez and Plant circles away. A combination from Benavidez lands and Plant takes it well. Big uppercut from Benavidez lands. He's getting closer. Lots of showmanship from both now. Plant refuses to give Benavidez what he wants but there may be enough to give him the round.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Benavidez (49-46 Plant)
Round Four : Plant's speed advantage is evident. Hard left hand from Plant moves Benavidez back. Plant's lateral movement has Benavidez off balance. Benavidez lands a clubbing left hook but Plant slides away before anything else comes with it. Benavidez lands a double left hook and a body punch. He's closing the gap again. Beautiful left hook from Plant rips Benavidez. They exchange hooks as the round comes to a close.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Plant (40-36 Plant)
Round Three : They exchange hooks. Benavidez is getting closer to Plant. Big combination from Benavidez. Plant lands to the body and Benavidez misses wildly. Benavidez inching closer but Plant lands a hard left hand. Plant making sure this doesn't turn into a firefight and has Benavidez annoyed.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Plant (30-27 Plant)
Round Two : Plant with a body head combination to start the round. Jab to the body from Plant. Benavidez swings and misses. They exchange hooks. Benavidez with a left hook that lands. Hard jab by Plant. Good movement to stay away. Benavidez is fighting with a lot of emotion. Plant continues to stick and move extremely well. He's frustrating Benavidez. Great dig to the body by Plant. He's boxing beautifully.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Plant (20-18 Plant)
Round One: Both are jabbing and looking for their range. Plant lands to the body. They clinch and Benavidez shoves him hard. They are swinging with bad intentions already. Definitely a feeling out round. Plant a little more active.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Plant
12:10 a.m. ET: Benavidez vs. Plant is up now! We're shifting to round by round coverage.
Jesus Ramos pounds Joey Spencer to get 7th round stoppage victory
11:58 p.m. ET: There was nothing Spencer could do to move the mountain of a man known as Jesus Ramos. Spencer's corner sent him out for the seventh round and Ramos assaulted him with a blistering array of body shots and combinations to the head. Although he wasn't in serious trouble, Spencer's corner had seen enough and threw in the towel. It was just too much for the young prospect to overcome. Live to fight another day.
11:45 p.m. ET: It has to be emphasized just how big Ramos looks compared to Spencer tonight. And the difference in power is profound. If nothing else, Spencer has heart and a decent chin because he has taken some menacing shots and remains with his senses intact. Four rounds down and it doesn't quite feel like this one will go the distance.
11:32 p.m. ET: Fireworks were expected between Ramos and Spencer and a short left hook from Ramos put Spencer down in the first round. They battled to the bell but Ramos is clearly looking like the bigger puncher.
11:25 p.m. ET: The co-main event is up next as Jesus Ramos (19-0, 15 KOs) and Joey Spencer (16-0, 10 KOs) do battle where somebody's '0' has got to go. Hopefully, the judges won't ruin another fight.
Chris Colbert takes decision in absolute robbery against Jose Valenzuela
Scores: 95-94, 95-94 & 95-94
11:15 p.m. ET: Wow. The word "robbery" is used too liberally in boxing but it applies tonight as all three judges found a way to give Colbert the decision. There's just no way that Colbert won after also being knocked down. "Rayo" routinely beat him to the punch and the power difference was evident. Absolutely abysmal judging tonight.
11:00 p.m. ET : Heading into the ninth round and Valenzuela should be up on all of the scorecards as he continues to impose his will on Colbert. The power is just too much for Colbert to overcome but he certainly is trying. Colbert did have a strong seventh round where it felt like he was pulling himself back into the fight but "Rayo" opened the eighth with an assaulted that quelled Colbert's hopes. Two more rounds to go.
10:44 p.m. ET: After a rocky first round, Colbert has steadied himself by using his speed and technical savvy to pull himself back into the fight. Valenzuela is the heavier puncher by far but if Colbert prods enough he can pull ahead by the middle rounds. But Valenzuela's power and body attack have been strong thus far.
10:33 p.m. ET: Less than a minute into the fight Valenzuela smashed Colbert with a left hook that deposited him on the canvas. The round continued to go downhill for Colbert as he was nearly sent to the floor again with an overhand left. Colbert better get himself together or it's going to be a short night for the former WBA interim lightweight champion.
10:17 p.m. ET: Up next is Chris Colbert (16-1, 6 KOs) aiming to get back into the win column against Jose Valenzuela (12-1, 8 KOs), who is also coming off of the first loss of his career.
Cody Crowley takes tough majority decision over Abel Ramos
Official Scorecards: 115-113, 116-112 & 114-114
10:15 p.m. ET: Abel Ramos found success in the later rounds but the pressure of Crowley earned him the majority decision in a very tough fight. Ramos landed some of the heavier shots but it just wasn't enough to turn back the persistent Crowley.
9:45 p.m. ET: After six rounds the Crowley pressure game has still proven to be successful. However, Ramos has found some moments to land power shots. The problem is that they are far and few in between and simply not enough to earn him rounds in the early going.
9:30 p.m. ET: Through three rounds, it's been Crowley's relentless pressure that has kept Ramos' back against the ropes and absorbing an assault to the head and body. Nothing has broken down Ramos yet but he's going to have to offer Crowley something that will back his opponent off of him.
9:05 p.m. ET: The PPV portion is about to kick off with Cody Crowley (21-0, 9 KOs) -- who has a tragic yet inspiring story -- facing Abel Ramos (27-5-2, 21 KOs). This fight also happens to be taking place on Crowley's 30th birthday.
8:15 p.m. ET : We are live from ringside here in Las Vegas with an hour to go before the PPV begins. There's a buzz in the MGM Grand Casino as fans for both fighters begin to fill up the hallways. This is going to be a good one.
When is David Benavidez vs. Caleb Plant?
- Date: Saturday, March 25 | Sunday, March 26
- Start time: 9 p.m. ET | 1 a..m GMT | 12 p.m. AEDT
- Main event: 12 a.m. ET | 4 a.m. GMT | 3 p.m. AEDT (approx.)
Benavidez vs. Plant takes place on March 25. The main card starts at 9 p.m. ET | 1 a..m GMT | 12 p.m. AEDT. Benavidez and Plant should make their way to the ring around 12 a.m. ET | 4 a.m. GMT | 3 p.m. AEDT, depending on how long the undercard fights last.
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How to watch David Benavidez vs. Caleb Plant
|Country||Date||Channel + Live Stream (main card)|
|United States||Sat. March 25||Showtime PPV, PPV.com|
|United Kingdom||Sun. March 26||FITE.tv|
|Australia||Sun. March 26||Main Event on Kayo|
Benavidez vs. Plant will be on Showtime PPV in the U.S.
Viewers can stream Showtime via Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox ONE, a laptop, or any mobile or tablet device.
The fight will be available in the U.K. via FITE.
David Benavidez vs. Caleb Plant PPV price: How much does the card cost?
- £12.99 in the U.K. on FITE
To watch Benavidez vs. Plant, you must pay $74.99 via Showtime PPV.
David Benavidez vs. Caleb Plant undercard
- David Benavidez vs. Caleb Plant for the interim WBC super middleweight title
- Jesus Ramos def. Joseph Spencer via 7th round TKO (1:25)
- Chris Colbert def. Jose Valenzuela via unanimous decision (95-94, 95-94 & 95-94)
- Cody Crowley def. Abel Ramos via majority decision (115-113, 116-112 & 114-114)
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