David Benavidez & Caleb Plant
Media Workout Quotes
Undefeated former two-time WBC Super Middleweight Champion
David ďThe Mexican Monsteríí BenavŪdez and former IBF Super
Middleweight Champion Caleb Plant held separate media
workouts on Tuesday to preview their high-stakes, 12-round
showdown headlining 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.
BenavŪdez held his media workout at his gym in the Seattle
area, while Plant showed off his skills in Las Vegas with
just over a week until they meet in the ring on fight night.
Benavidez was joined by stablemate and lightweight contender
Jose Valenzuela, who faces Chris Colbert on the pay-per-view
undercard, and his father and trainer Jose Benavidez Sr at
Benavidez Sports Boxing Gym in Burien, Washington. Plantís
workout also included his renowned trainer Stephen
ďBreadmanĒ Edwards as they hosted media at DLX Boxing in
Plantís adopted hometown of Las Vegas.
Here is what the workout participants had to say Tuesday:
ďSome people donít understand that Iím the most accurate
puncher in this weight class. Iíve had 23 knockouts in 26
fights. Iíve hurt every man Iíve been in the ring with and
Caleb Plant is no different.
ďYou can see that every time Caleb is in the ring with a
power puncher, heís not comfortable. He beat Jose Uzcategui
but he was hurt in the fight and then Canelo hurt him. Even
Anthony Dirrell hit him with good shots, and heís not a
hitter like that.
ďIíve got the power and I feel like Iím faster. I just have
to get my feet in the right position, because heís going to
be moving a lot. I think he has a little bit more confidence
after beating Dirrell though, so weíll see if he wants to
trade with me.
ďEvery time I step into this gym I give my all. Iíve got a
great team here with me. Everybody has done their part and
made me feel comfortable. Iím just so motivated by the
people who think that I canít handle a boxer and Iím ready
to prove them wrong.
ďIím a big guy and I throw punches in bunches. Iím ready to
mix it up in there. Every question you all have will be
answered on March 25.
ďMy jab is better than Calebís. He doesnít really have a
power jab, but I hurt people with my jab. Iíve cut eyelids
open with it. Iím very comfortable in there. At the end of
the day, what is he gonna do when he has to sit there and
fight? Iím gonna get him on the ropes. Itís a matter of
when, not if.
ďEmotion, especially anger, is a great motivator to train.
The people who are telling me not to be emotional, havenít
laced up the gloves before. I couldnít be more ready. I
leave all my emotions outside of the ring when itís time to
go to work.
ďThis is pay-per-view and weíre giving the people what they
want to see. Iím ready to give the people whatever they
want. This is the most confident Iíve ever been because this
is the hardest Iíve ever worked. Thatís why Iíve been
calling for these big fights, because Iíve known since I was
a little kid sparring world champions that when Iím put in
an uncomfortable situation, the best comes out of me.Ē
ďThe key to this fight is just being myself. Thatís whatís
getting my hand raised. Iím hungry for this. This is a big
moment and a moment Iíve worked a long time to reach. Iím
going to make the most of it.
ďI feel really good. Last camp we brought in ĎBreadmaní and
we had a lot of great chemistry with the whole team. Heís
easy to get along with and he just expects me to work hard.
Thatís right up our alley and thatís what we like to do. He
brought some of that Philly grit with him and helped
reiterate a lot of things that my dad [co-trainer Richie
Plant] had been trying to instill in me.
ďDifferent people handle things in different ways. Iím cool,
calm and collected. Iím focused and Iíve had a great camp.
Weíre going into this fight 100%. I can only speak for my
team, but weíre ready to handle business.
ďIf Benavidez wants to come forward, then he should just
handle his business how he sees fit. Thatís what Iím going
to do on March 25. Weíre going to get in there, roll the
dice and see what happens.
ďMy power has always been there but Iíve been getting more
back to my roots. ĎBreadmaní and my dad have a lot of
similarities in how they want me to box and train. With some
of it, Iím getting back to my old ways, but itís combined
with the new things that ĎBreadmaní is bringing to the table
and teaching me.
ďThis is one of the biggest fights that can be made in
boxing and Iím just looking forward to everyone being a part
ďIíd love to right a wrong and get the rematch with Canelo
Alvarez, but right now Iím just focused on the fight in
front of me. Nothing happens until business is handled March
ďI learned from my mistakes and Iím gonna come back right.
Chris Colbert is a smart fighter and I think itís a perfect
matchup for this card.
ďI know what I did wrong and I accepted it. I have to keep
moving forward. Iíve got a great team around me and we
ďI wasnít looking for an easy way out coming in off a loss.
I didnít get here the easy way, so Iím going to keep doing
it the hard way.
ďIím gonna be bringing in a new set of skills. Iím ready to
show the cat-like reflexes. Iíll be on my toes fighting
intelligently. Iím gonna be sharp.
ďI think David is going to stop Caleb around the eighth
round. Heís got the skills, the heart and the determination
to finish the fight.Ē
JOSE BENAVIDEZ SR., Benavidezís Father and Trainer
ďThis training camp is very special because our whole family
has been together. Itís super special and weíre super
motivated. Itís a great atmosphere here.
ďWeíre training hard not just to win the fight, but to look
spectacular and get to even bigger fights. I believe that
David is gonna stop Caleb Plant in the eighth or ninth
STEPHEN ďBREADMANĒ EDWARDS, Plantís Trainer
ďItís going to take a great fighter to win this fight on
March 25. I believe Caleb has the potential to become a
great fighter and March 25 will help determine that.
ďCalebís ability to absorb information really translates
well in the ring. Both of these guys are in their prime and
thereís a lot at stake. You have to be great to win a fight
like this. This fight has a little bit of Oscar De La Hoya
vs. Felix Trinidad and Floyd Mayweather vs. Diego Corrales.
Caleb being the Oscar and Floyd and David being the Corrales
ďWhen it comes to the relationship Caleb and I have, we
didnít have to work hard to get chemistry, it just came. I
like the way he goes about things and vice versa. He was
willing to listen. Heís a hard worker and very organized and
has a strong support system. He does what he needs to do. I
donít have to pull teeth with him. All I have to do is coach
to his strengths.Ē