David Benavidez on Caleb Plant: ‘He’s Honestly A Piece Of Sh%t’
David Benavidez vs. Caleb Plant takes place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV and will stream live on Showtime PPV and PPV.com.($74.99)
The anticipation mater will read high when WBC interim super middleweight champion David ‘La Bandera Roja’ Benavidez (26-0) faces former IBF champ Caleb ‘Sweet Hands’ Plant (22-1). There is no need to sell this PPV, as their genuine distaste for each other is enough to capture the attention of hardcore fight fans.
As we approach fight week, the anticipation is gaining a ton of momentum, and with that, Dan Rafael checked in with Benavidez for the Big Fight Weekend Podcast. One of the first things that Rafael asked Benavidez was whether or not he felt he was at the prime of his career. Benavidez told Rafael, “Yea, I definitely do feel like I’m just entering my prime. What people don’t understand is that I’m a young veteran. I fought some good guys, some tough competition, but not as tough as I wanted them to be because a lot of these guys haven’t given me the opportunity to fight them. Experience is still experience. The good thing that has come out of all of this is that I have stopped everybody except two people that I have fought. Everybody I get in the ring with, I hurt.”
Benavidez is focused, and it’s clear the two fighters don’t like each other, but where does all of this come from? There is probably a more in-depth reason, but Benavidez wanted to simplify so that everyone could get a much clearer understanding of the situation. “It’s like the first day you go to school, and you see a kid, and you already don’t like each other, and you know that you are going to fight one day. It’s just something about him that he has this attitude like he’s better than everyone else. He tries to play the role of the victim and the good guys in front of these cameras, but the people that really know him, know he’s really not like that. He’s honestly a piece of shit,” said the 26-year-old from Phoenix, AZ.
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While the podcast was just in audio format, you can feel how honest he was when describing his feelings towards Plant, which makes this fight a ‘must-see.’ If Benavidez is successful next weekend, he has options at super middleweight, or he can move up to light heavyweight to see if he can capture gold up there. What is Benavidez thinking right now? “I don’t feel like I have that many fights left at 168. I want to obviously have a great performance and get Canelo in there, and maybe if we can get a (Jermall) Charlo or a (Demetrius) ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade in there, that would be great. But if we can’t make those fights happen, then I feel like it’s time to go up to 175.”
You can listen to the full interview on the latest edition of the Big Fight Weekend Podcast with T.J. Rives and Dan Rafael. They also cover this weekend’s upcoming fights and some nostalgia in the form of Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Meldrick Taylor.