World champion boxer tackled by referee for performing grave-digging celebration
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World champion Caleb Plant was tackled by the referee while performing a grave-digging celebration while rival Anthony Dirrell was being treated on the canvas.
Plant held the IBF super middleweight title until suffering a first defeat of his career against the formidable Canelo Alvarez last year. In his first fight since that defeat Plant landed a ninth round body shot followed by an impressive left hook to his cheek which instantly dropped opponent Dirrell to the floor.
Dirrell, who suffered a second career defeat in the New York clash, was instantly in trouble and help quickly rushed into the ring as the referee ended the contest. Plant celebrated by starting to dig the grave of his opponent lying on the canvass.
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Referee Harvey Dock saw the disrespectful celebration and swiftly ran over to tackle the American and usher him away. Plant claimed after the fight that his grave digging celebration was his way of "burying beef" between the pair.
Plant was repeatedly told he 'had no power' by Dirrell in the fighting talk ahead of their WBC super middleweight eliminator – a claim which his rival proved wrong in emphatic style.
In his post-fight interview, Plant said: "You know this win felt good. You've heard how much he hates me and calling me all types of names.
"Even saying, 'I'll never let a white boy beat me' but let me tell you, skin colour don't win fights, this wins fights, what's inside. And what I've got in here is more than he had.
"I was in full control the whole time, my coach kept telling me to stay patient, don't listen to the crowd, stick to the game-plan and that's what we did and then, boom baby!"
Despite being tackled by referee Dock the Tennessee fighter kept repeating his celebration and pretending to shovel dirt on Dirrell. Plant has now completed 13 knock-outs during his 22 victories and the style of his victory could set-up a rematch with Alvarez.
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