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David Benavidez: Caleb Plant doesn’t belong at 168, I want to punish him

Benavidez says Plant is a ‘little guy’ who talks a big game to the media.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

During this video interview with WBC super middleweight titleholder David Benavidez, he discusses his ongoing media beef with IBF champion Caleb Plant and explains why that’s a fight he wants soon. Check out some excerpts below...

Benavidez on Plant saying he has the better work ethic, which is why he’ll beat Benavidez:

“I mean, he can say whatever he wants to say. At the end of the day I believe he’s a little guy and he belongs at 160. Nobody knows how hard I work. I don’t brag about my work ethic, I don’t say this and that, you know? At the end of the day I do my work in the gym and I’m training my ass off everyday, every single day, three times a day. I know what type of work ethic I have. So if that’s what he’s trying to brag about to beat me, he doesn’t even know what’s going on.

“But I feel like I want to fight that guy because I want to punish him, and I want to make an example out of him. And that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. He’s a good counter fighter, boxes a lot, but he’s never fought somebody with the punch output like me, pressure like me, jab like me, body shots like me. You know, he fought Uzcategui and I give it to him, the first rounds are good rounds but as Uzcategui found his pressure in the middle rounds and the late rounds, Caleb Plant kind of looked lost, you know what I mean? And that’s what I do from the beginning to the end of the bell.

“It’s gonna be a good fight, of course. I’m not saying it’s gonna be a landslide. Caleb Plant is a good fighter but I want to make the great fighters look like they’re nothing when I get in the ring with them.”

On when he thinks he’ll fight Plant:

“I’ma push for that fight next year. Maybe earlier. Maybe after this fight. That’s the fight I want.”

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