Via Dan Ambrose: Anthony Dirrell said he expects former WBO 168-lb champion Caleb Plant to be on the bike in no time as the two fight in co-features on the Deontay Wilder vs. Robert Helenius on October 15 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Dirrell views 30-year-old Plant (21-1, 12 KOs) as a no-nonsense runner who will try to avoid mixing it with him during the night.
Plant is fighting for the first time since losing the WBO super middleweight belt to Canelo Alvarez last November in Las Vegas.
While Plant fought well in the first half of the competition, in the second, he lost his confidence. Plant begins to seek reassurance from Canelo by asking him how things are going.
It was pathetic to see Plant reduce his ability to seek authenticity from Canelo, and unsurprisingly he was eliminated shortly afterwards in round 11.
37-year-old former WBC middleweight champion, 37-year-old Dirrell (34-2-2, 25 KOs) could position himself against Canelo if he beats Plant.
It won’t be easy because Plant has great boxing skills, and he’s tough for the first six to eight rounds. Plant’s fuel tank is poor, and there’s a good chance that Dirrell can win if he’s strong in the championship rounds.
“We’re boxers, and in the ring, that’s the job. Everyone understands that. Outside of the ring, nothing personal. Don’t act like a hole. I think he acts like a hole for everyone,” Anthony Dirrell told Fighthype about the Caleb Factory.
“Canelo slapped him, and Benavidez didn’t like him. Name someone who likes him. If he chooses to act like that, he chooses to act like that.
“I didn’t know Caleb Plant had to fight Benavidez. I’m still here. Now I’m one of the oldest in this weight division.
“Just hit him, hit his ***,” Dirrell said when asked what his motivations were for the fight with Plant. “I will be 38 when this war happens. He just turned 30 years old.
“I think experience will come, but I think it’s just a natural possibility. I know I’m better than him, and that’s what happens.
“He worries about people’s power. I knew he was going to get on the bike. Everyone knows that. That’s how he fights. He ran, one punch counterattacked. I have a plan for that.
“He ran; how can you be excited about that?” Dirrell said when asked if he was impressed with Plant’s performance against Canelo Alvarez. “In the first few innings, he peaked, but after that, he ran away.
“Then once he said, ‘I’m doing well,’ it was over. I lost all respect. I think everyone did.
“He is still there. I don’t think he would join this fight if his heart had any questions. I did not break that man’s heart. I think everyone has a heart that wants to be in the ring in boxing.
“Recently a lot of people have died because of boxing and boxing-related activities. I cannot doubt that man’s heart. He’s in the ring.
“Have I ever lost control of my battle plan? I have a game plan for everything. 12 innings, knockout, whatever. The Caleb Factory will be the Caleb Factory.
“I do what I am doing. I still spar how many rounds. I still play four days a week, and I do what I’m doing. If you turn it off yourself, it will show up in the ring.
“I gave my all for this fight like any other. Caleb was just another victim standing in the way. We shall see. I don’t know,” Dirrell said when asked if a win over Plant would lead to a title win over undisputed super-middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez. “I hope so, but we’ll see.
“Hope. I think that’s the plan,” Dirrell said of stealing the show from the main event fight between Deontay Wilder and Robert Helenius. “I did that in my last fight.
“I think everyone wants to see what Deontay can do after two losses. I think he comes back strong. Deontay will be Deontay. He will come out and win the knockout.