David Benavidez Dominates Caleb Plant in Unanimous Decision Victory Despite Referee Controversy

David “The Mexican Monster” Benavidez (27-0-0) put on a dominant performance against Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (22-2-0) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The undefeated interim WBC super middleweight world champion successfully defended his title and became the mandatory challenger for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.*

Round-by-Round Breakdown

Round 1: Both fighters started slow, feeling each other out.

Round 2: Benavidez began stalking Plant, who struggled to keep up with the pace. Fans grew restless as the fight turned into a technical-style boxing match.

Round 3: Plant started to frustrate Benavidez with his defense, but the champ remained composed.

Round 4: Plant began trash-talking and smiling as he landed some combos, but Benavidez kept his cool and stayed in counter-attack mode.

Round 5: Plant continued to mock Benavidez, who promised a sixth round knockout. However, the champ remained patient and focused on his game plan.

Round 6: Despite Benavidez’s prediction, the sixth round did not end in a knockout.

Round 7-8: Benavidez became more aggressive, pushing the pace and landing more shots.

Round 9: Benavidez hurt Plant and took control of the fight.

Final Rounds: Benavidez continued to dominate, and Plant’s trash-talking became a distraction, causing him to abandon his original plan.

Referee Controversy

The fight was marred by controversy due to referee Kenny Bayless’ questionable officiating. Bayless often got in the way of the fighters, preventing them from landing punches and interrupting the flow of the match. Fans booed Bayless throughout the fight, and his poor performance drew criticism from commentators and analysts.


Despite the referee controversy, David Benavidez put on an impressive performance, dominating Caleb Plant and securing his position as the mandatory challenger for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Plant’s trash-talking may have cost him the fight, as he abandoned his original plan and allowed Benavidez to take control. Fans are eagerly anticipating a potential matchup between Benavidez and Alvarez, which would undoubtedly be a must-watch fight in the super middleweight division.

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