David Benavidez vs. Caleb Plant Betting Odds, All Access, Media Workout, Heated Presser, Pro Predictions & Weigh-in Video

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

Robert Brizel Predictions:

Las Vegas, NV (March 25th, 2023)–  David Benavidez averages 67 punches thrown per round to Caleb Plant’s 46 punch average thrown per round. David Benavidez has a 26 percent punches landed percentage, to Caleb Plant’s 15 percent. Both men have beaten Anthony Dirrell. The best top flight win either man will have, is if one of them beats the other, at this point in the 168 pounds division.

 Plant did fight Saul Alvarez, an experience Benavidez still desires. Plant went into the eleventh round. Against Benavidez, who will break Plant down technically, this reporter predicts Benavidez will knock out Plant in round seven, eight or nine, tonight, at MGM Grand Las Vegas, Nevada, in the Premier Boxing Champions Showtime Pay-Per-View main event, Saturday, March 25, 2023. Plant, 22-1 with 13 knockouts, Las Vegas, Nevada by way of Nashville, Tennessee, has arrogance and spirit of fight. Benavidez, 26-0 with 23 knockouts, Las Vegas, Nevada, has better technical ability, and enters this bout with a slight height and reach advantage. Combined with punch volume and accuracy, Benavidez will quickly place Plant behind on the cards.

 A knockout to win is not an option for Caleb Plant, unless he can get inside and take Benavidez out early. Benavidez will use superior footwork and hand speed to keep Plant out of distance range. Both fighters have significant power. However, Benavidez is the stronger of the two. To go the distance, Plant would have to weather the storm, and take a considerable degree of punishment. That scenario is not likely but it is possible, depending on how cautious Benavidez is, which could enable Plant to win some of the earlier rounds.

 Benavidez wants Canelo Alvarez, after Alvarez gets past John Ryder. This World Boxing Council interim World Super Middleweight title bout, should Benavidez win it, and he will, will set up Canelo versus Benavidez. Benavidez is predicted to win by knockout between rounds seven and nine, in what will be a ‘Blue Thunder’ tremendous coup-de-grace punch knockout for the ten count which finishes Plant after a brutal contest. The more Benavidez talks, the wider his odds get. As of Saturday afternoon, Benavidez was a -360 betting favorite, meaning you $360 to win $100. Plant, meanwhile, is the +280 underdog, meaning you win $280 on a $100 bet for Plant. If Benavidez to wins by stoppage in rounds 7-9 as Real Combat Media predicts, the odds would be around +135 to win $100. A later stoppage is also possible, as Plant is a stubborn warrior, but he is outgunned in this key crossroads super middleweight titular matchup. Benavidez remains the one challenger Canelo Alvarez cannot hide later in 2023, from if Canelo intends to remain at 168 pounds.

 Robert Brizel MGM Grand Las Vegas Undercard Predictions:

 Cody Crowley Win 10 Abel Ramos, Welterweights

 Jesus Alejandro Ramos TKO 9 Joseph Spencer, Super Welterweights

 Chris Colbert KO 5 Jose Valenzuela, Lightweights

 Kevin Gonzalez KO 10 Jose Sanmartin, Super Bantamweights

 Marcelo Nicolas Lopez Win Split Decision 10 or Draw 10 Orestes Velazquez, Welterweights

 Demler Zamora Win 8 Jesus Abel Ibarra, Super Featherweights

 Daniel Blancas Win 6 Nicolas Molina, Super Middleweights

 Robert Meriwether III Win 4 or Win TKO 4 Jesus Ramon Perez, Super Featherweights 

Super Middleweight Stars David Benavidez and Caleb Plant To Meet in High Stakes SHOWTIME PPV® Matchup on
Saturday, March 25 from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Headlining Premier Boxing Champions Event
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LAS VEGAS – March 23, 2023 – Super middleweight rivals David “The Mexican Monster” Benavídez and Caleb Plant stated their intention to settle their rivalry emphatically during Thursday’s final press conference before they meet for Benavidez’s Interim WBC Super Middleweight Title headlining action live on SHOWTIME PPV this Saturday, March 25 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

The press conference also featured fighters competing on the pay-per-view telecast including unbeaten rising stars Jesus “Mono” Ramos and Joey Spencer, who meet in the co-main event, rising lightweight contenders Chris “Primetime” Colbert and Jose “Rayo” Valenzuela, who duel in a lightweight showdown, and welterweight contenders Cody Crowley and Abel Ramos, who square off in the pay-per-view telecast opener at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Sampson Boxing, are on sale now and can be purchased here.

Here is what the press conference participants had to say Thursday from KÀ Theatre at MGM Grand:

DAVID BENAVIDEZ

“I’m gonna break Caleb’s jaw on Saturday night, by the sixth round.

“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.

“We worked so hard. I’m definitely the harder puncher. I’ve had this power. I’ve just tweaked it and now I’m even stronger. This is a boxer versus a pressure fighter. We’re coming out on top.

“Every time he fights a real true super middleweight, he gets hurt. He’s gonna be in there with the hardest hitting and most accurate fighter in the weight class. We’re gonna see what’s up.

“I gave him all of my attention. Back in the day I hit hard, but I didn’t really train that hard. Now that I’ve really prepared myself, I’m really dangerous and he should be worried. He definitely gave me the extra motivation because I really don’t like this guy and I want to shut him up. I’m definitely going to be pushing for the knockout every single round.

“Caleb is a good boxer with speed who moves around well. I’ve hurt everyone I’ve gotten in the ring with, and I can’t say the same for him. I guarantee I’m gonna hurt him.

“I just told him I was going to break his jaw. You know how it goes between me and Caleb Plant. I really don’t like that guy at all…This is definitely the grudge match that everybody wants to see.

“Caleb Plant doesn’t like me and I don’t like him, but it’s a classic fight between a really good boxer and a really good puncher. He’s going to be running all night and it’s going to be a cat and mouse game for me. I definitely have to be on my p’s and q’s.

“The winner is right there in position to fight for all the belts. But I’m not worried about anything else except this fight. I have to win this fight before I can get where I want to go.”

CALEB PLANT

“The fans are going to see me get my hand raised. That’s what I’m guaranteeing.

“I appreciate everyone showing up today. We’re gonna put on a big fight Saturday. That’s what boxing needs and what the sport is all about.

“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.

“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.”

“I feel I’m the better boxer, I have the better IQ and I have more experience. I have the better pedigree and it’s gonna show on Saturday night.

“I’m one of the best in the world at what I do. We’ve yet to see if he can perform at this level, but we’re gonna find out on Saturday.

“David is a good fighter, and he knows I’m a good fighter too. I’m not interested in fighting bums. I want to fight good fighters for the fans and for my legacy.

“The winner of this fight is right there at the top. Canelo has that spot right now and I’m super motivated for this fight so that I can eventually right that wrong. First, I’m gonna handle business on Saturday night.”

JESUS RAMOS JR.

“I took this fight because I want respect. I want people to know that I’m here. I’m coming to make a statement at 154 pounds. Whoever wins this fight catapults themselves to the next level. That’s what I’m here for.

“I think we’re both good boxers and it could definitely go the distance, but if we really want to prove something, we have to get the stoppage.

“He’s supposed to be confident, but none of our talk up here matters once that bell rings. He’s gotta show it to me and prove to me what he can do. I’m ready for this moment.

“I have a lot of things that I haven’t shown or haven’t displayed because I haven’t had to yet. I hope that Joey Spencer brings that out of me.

“This is gonna be a great fight. We’re both undefeated and we don’t want to lose that ‘0’. Expect fireworks from this whole card. It’s gonna be a great night of boxing.”

JOEY SPENCER

“I called for this fight. I made this fight happen, along with Jesus who accepted it. This is the fight I wanted for respect. I want to show who the top young fighter around here is. This fight is going to determine it. I want to put on a performance that’s undeniable.

“There’s a few different things that can happen in the 154-pound division with the titles. The winner of this fight could possibly get a title shot next. I’m ready for the best fight I can possibly get after this one. This is competition at the highest level and this is what the sport is all about.

“After this fight, I’m going to go right after the next best opponent out there. I’m addicted to preparing for these types of moments. I want it again.

“Any of these fights on the undercard could steal the show. We’re both undefeated and we’ve got to prove to each other that we can win. We have to take each other’s heart in order to do that, and that’s the type of fight you want to tune in to see.”

CHRIS COLBERT

“I wouldn’t say I’m desperate, but I know what happened in my last fight. No excuses. Everything happens for a reason though. I just know that I’m getting the win on Saturday. He’s a tough competitor, but I’m going to do what I do best, and that’s win.

“There’s no pressure on me. I’m ready to go the distance. I’m just the overall better fighter. If all he’s got is power to beat me, he’s got another thing coming, he better hope his tool-box is full on Saturday.

“I never watch tape of my opponents, but I know that he’s nothing different than any other fighter I’ve faced. He’s going to try to do the same things in there. He won’t be ready for what I’m going to bring.

“Make sure you tune in. You don’t want to miss this one. It’s gonna be fireworks. I’m coming to win. I don’t care how, but I’m going to win.”

JOSE VALENZUELA

“He’s in for a long night. I went back to the drawing board and prepared tremendously. I focused a lot on myself and cleaned everything up. I’m ready.

“I think I have more advantages. I’m a natural 135-pounder. He was dropped by a 130-pounder and Saturday night I’m going to show him why the lightweight division is a different story.

“I’ve just had an amazing training camp with David Benavidez. It’s great to have them in my corner and I know that they’re always going to have my back.

“I’m glad he thinks all I’ve got is power. I bring a lot more to the table. Make sure you tune into this fight. This is a tremendous card.”

CODY CROWLEY

“He’s in for a world of hurt. I‘m like a steam train coming forward. If you’re not willing to throw 200 punches a round, you’re not up for the Cody Crowley challenge.

“I enter the ring with one thing in mind and that’s completely suffocating my opponent. I take the thinking ability away from them.

“My main concern is that every fan in the stadium is standing on their feet at the end of a Cody Crowley fight. Expect fireworks.

“Abel knows what to expect, I just hope he has the greatest sleep of his life Friday night, because I want the best Abel Ramos standing at the center of the ring and ready for a world of hurt.

“Me and my father were battling mental health issues for a couple years. He had demons that he couldn’t beat and last summer they got the best of him and he took his own life. This fight right now gives me a reason to get up every day and continue pushing forward. Come Saturday, March 25 it’s my 30th birthday, I never thought I’d make it to 30, but thanks to my father, I have.”

ABEL RAMOS

“I’m excited. I’m glad he’s got this type of mindset. It’s gonna be a good show for the fans. I’m gonna hit him with good power shots. I don’t think he’s felt power like mine and he’s gonna feel it Saturday.

“I believe a win puts me back in line for a world title shot. That’s what I’m hoping for. I know we have a tough fight on Saturday, but that’s why I trained so hard. I’m up for the challenge.

“It’s gonna be a great crowd Saturday and we’re expecting a friendly atmosphere. I always bring excitement and the fans know that.

“This is gonna be a war. We both have the same mindset and that’s gonna make this an amazing fight and an amazing night.

“I just have to win convincingly. A stoppage would be the cherry on top, but if I win convincingly, it’ll put me right back where I want to be.”

STEPHEN ESPINOZA, President, SHOWTIME SPORTS®

“Benavidez vs. Plant is one of the cornerstones of our very robust 2023 SHOWTIME Boxing schedule, and right now we’re in the middle of one of our hottest stretches in quite some time. Saturday will be the sixth live boxing event in the last seven weeks, our third boxing event in the month of March and the eighth in just the first three months of the year. It’s one of the strongest runs of boxing we’ve had in the 37 years that SHOWTIME Boxing has existed.

“David Benavidez is making his eighth appearance on SHOWTIME. He’s been called the ‘Mexican Monster’ by none other than Mike Tyson. His first appearance on SHOWTIME was eight years ago when he was just 18 years old on SHOBOX®. He won his first world title on SHOWTIME in September of 2017. He’s a punching machine, light on his feet and hard on his opponents.

“Caleb is appearing on SHOWTIME for the third time and the second time for a SHOWTIME main event on pay-per-view. A former IBF champion, he’s one of the most skilled and smooth boxers in the sport.

“There is much more than just the main event. There are three high quality, high intensity fights on the pay-per-view undercard. The eight fighters on the pay-per-view have a combined record of 159 wins with just eight losses and 105 combined knockouts.

“This is a true fight fan’s fight card. It’s a fight card for the true boxing fan. Boxing fans say they want the best fighting the best. Well, we’re giving it to them. Two of the top fighters in the super middleweight division in the main event. Boxing fans say they want 50/50 fights and we’ve got those up and down the card. The fans say they want high quality, evenly matched undercards with quality fights, and we’ve got that – meaningful, hard-fought fights up and down the card.”

ABOUT BENAVIDEZ VS. PLANT

Benavídez vs. Plant will see undefeated former two-time WBC Super Middleweight Champion David “The Mexican Monster” Benavídez and former IBF Super Middleweight Champion Caleb Plant meet in a high-stakes, 12-round showdown for Benavídez’s Interim WBC Super Middleweight Title live on SHOWTIME PPV on Saturday, March 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

In the co-main event, unbeaten rising stars Jesús “Mono” Ramos and Joey Spencer will go toe-to-toe in a 10-round super welterweight scuffle, as each fighter looks to make their claim as the future of the 154-pound division. The action will also see rising lightweights Chris “Primetime” Colbert and Jose “Rayo” Valenzuela meet in a 10-round duel, while unbeaten welterweight contender Cody Crowley faces the hard-hitting Abel Ramos in the telecast opener at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

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