Caleb Plant promised to score an emphatic victory against Andre Dirrell on Saturday night and he fulfilled his promise. After nearly nine full rounds of strategic positioning and clinching, Plant landed a strong left to the head that the veteran did not see coming. Dirrell fell to the canvas and Plant began motioning to bury his opponent.
“He’s never had a successful title defense in all of his fights,” he said leading up to his emphatic knockout victory.
“And he won’t have a successful title defense in all of his career because after Saturday night he’s up out of here. He’s retired.”
During a post-fight interview, Plant told the fans at Barclays Center that he’s looking to spend time with his family and then make the “biggest” fights possible. While Plant may not be the IBF Super Middleweight Champion any longer, the Nashville native has a number of options available to him. In previous months, he has said that he hopes to get revenge against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, but he’s open to fighting David Benavidez or Jermall Charlo to get there.
“I think the main objective is to stay focused on the task at hand. I want the biggest fight that could possibly be made. After this fight moving forward, I want the biggest fight that possibly could possibly be made,” he told Fight Hype.
“Whoever that is, you can bring them on and line them up, and I’m going to continue to knock them down until I get that rematch with Canelo.”
— Premier Boxing Champions (@premierboxing) October 16, 2022