Benavidez-Plant official for March 25

Undefeated former two-time WBC super middleweight champion David “El Bandera Roja’’ Benavídez (26-0, 23 KOs) and former IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant (22-1, 13 KOs) will meet to settle their long-simmering feud live on Showtime PPV on Saturday, March 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Sampson Boxing, go on sale Friday, January 27 at 10 a.m. PT and can be purchased HERE through AXS.com. Pre-sale tickets will be available tomorrow through AXS.com with the code: BOXING.

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  • Plant’s KO of a shop worn Dirrell gave him a confidence boost but he’s in with a fighter in his prime. Benavidez is a very big super middleweight.. much bigger than Dirrell. I think Plant is on the smaller side for 168. This will be a good fight and Plant will have some success early but Benavidez will eventually either wear him down or catch him with something. Remember, there’s a reason Alvarez has avoided Benavidez and was willing to fight Plant. Benavidez late stoppage.

    • Good fight for both. Benavidez is finally get a name to fight him and if Plant ever hopes to get back to Canelo type paydays he has to beat a guy like Benavidez. I agree that Benavidez wins but I respect Plant for understanding that this is his only way back.

      • Not necessarily. Canelo’s window is closing. He still has yet to run it back with Bivol. Canelo has been dodging Benavidez. Canelo would fight Plant again because its an easier fight and he’s at a point where he is driving his career.

    • I dont think he avoided Benevidez, Canelo just wanted to clean up the divisions beltholders. Regardless of the judges, I thought the fight was much closer than what the scorecards refelcted as Plant did have some success.

      • I gree not canelos fault who the title holders were. If Benavides had a belt, he would have gotten the fight. That being said Benavides beats canelo.

    • Thats not the way to support the big fights. This is not what the sport needs from its fans. No incentive for promoters to make big fights if the fans will still stream them illegally. Should not be openly supported.

  • If Benavidez doesn’t have trouble making the weight then he should be able to dominate against a tough Caleb Plant.

  • I think Benavidez wins a close decision. It’s about time these guys are fighting, if the undercard isn’t terrible, I might get this.

  • Plant is going to talk all big and bad before this fight like he did with Canelo and end up getting beaten up even worse. His only hope would be for Benavidez to weaken himself by making 168. I don’t look for that to happen though. Benavidez by resounding seventh round KO.

  • FINALLY!!!!! Thank you gentlemen, as Spence-Crawford let us down royally. At least you guys had the balls in not letting egos and other BS get in the way. Oh and to HELL with letting this fight/feud marinate longer than it should! I applaud you men!!!!!!

  • Awesome that this fight is happening, kudos to both teams for giving the fans this treat. Spence and Crawford could really take a lesson.

  • The pressure on Canelo could be unbearable if Benavidez wins this fight convincingly, and I have the feeling he will and by KOT

  • Good fight, hope the undercard is respectable. The Boxing Gods are sending us a little love, with Betrbiev/Yarde this weekend, Navarette’s fighting next month, also Tszyu/Harrison in March, and Tank/Garcia in April; some good fights on paper to look forward too.

  • Decent matchup but I would have rather seen Benavides vs Morrell with the winner fighting Canelo. I see Benavides winning this fight but what happens if Plant wins? He gets a rematch with Canelo? Does anyone want to see that? Hope David wins. He is a 2-1 favorite which seems super cheap to me. I would think he should be 4 or 5-1 in reality.

  • This fight is exciting, especially with Plant coming in confident due to his KO over Dirrell and having been in with Canelo. Either of these guys could give us the blueprint on how to beat the other. I see Benavidez being too strong and having too much power and pressure in the end. However, Plant is not gonna be hit easily or cleanly, and if he can stay on his feet he might have a chance at a close decision by sticking and moving with punches in bunches and smart angles.

  • Plant’s backing out straight with his chin up is a perfect setup for those huge shots from Benevidez. Huge KO for probably the #1 P4P. It’s going to be a real face-Plant ending for the highlight reels.

  • This will be an interesting match.
    Neither fighter is…
    ANYWHERE NEAR as good as they think they are.
    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Plant win, but I have no expectations either way.

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