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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:

DAVID BENAVIDEZ


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

CALEB PLANT


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 of it.

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 25.Ē

JOSE VALENZUELA


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 stayed positive.

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 round.Ē

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 and Trinidad.

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



 

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