David “The Mexican Monster” Benavidez (27-0-0) defeated Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (22-2-0) through unanimous resolution Saturday evening at MGM Grand Backyard Area in Las Vegas to stay the undefeated, interim WBC tremendous middleweight world champion.
Benavidez, 26, additionally turns into a compulsory challenger for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, whom he referred to as out after the victory ver Plant.
The unbelievable struggle, sadly, was ruined by referee Kenny Bayless, who could not appear to get out of the way in which lengthy sufficient for both fighter to land a punch.
After a sluggish begin by each males, Benavidez stalked Plant within the second spherical, with followers booing as a result of technical-style boxing.
Plant annoyed Benavidez in spherical three, however began trash-talking and smiling in spherical 4 as he landed his trademark combos.
No sixth spherical KO for Benavidez
The fifth body noticed extra mocking from Plant as Benavidez remained in counter-attack mode.
Benavidez, who promised a sixth spherical knockout, grew to become extra aggressive within the second half of the bout.
He finally harm Plant in spherical 9 earlier than taking full management of the competition within the closing intervals of motion.
The defensive nature of this struggle opened up when Plant began speaking to Benavidez as a substitute of sticking to his authentic plan of creating the champ chase him.