Caleb Plant Responds to Criticism Over His Last Fight: ‘Its a Lot of Casual Fans’

Published 03/07/2021, 3:00 PM EST
NASHVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 14: Caleb Sweethands Plant poses on stage during weigh-ins on February 14, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Caleb Plant will defend his super middleweight title against Vincent Feigenbutz of Germany Saturday February 15th at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)


In his last outing, Caleb Plant dominated the veteran, Caleb Truax, for 12-rounds to defend his IBF super-middleweight title. With this win, Plant defended his undefeated streak as well, thus setting himself up for a massive undisputed title fight with the winner of Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders.

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But, he received a lot of backlash from the fans for his performance against Caleb Truax. They felt, ‘Sweethands’ should have knocked out his opponent.

Talking to Fight Hub TV, Plant addressed the pertaining juncture from fans. He said, “I mean what the fans got to understand is there’s a lot of ways to win a fight other than just a knockout. The hardcore boxing fans I feel like these days are less than what it once was.”

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“A lot of times these days it’s a lot of casual fans and they show up for the event and they show up for the knockout.”

Plant began the fight well and constantly staggered ‘Golden’ Truax with his shots. Right from the first gong until the last second, the Nashville native didn’t let his opponent get over him. Plant maintained a safe distance and kept the ring under his control.

Caleb Truax landed a handful of powerful hits on ‘Sweethands’, but he never got to capitalize on the same.

The fight ultimately went to the judges, wherein Plant scored 120 on all the scorecards. It was an easy, unanimous decision win for the champion. Despite this, he seemed unimpressed with fans who wrote off his victory.

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Can Caleb Plant fare differently in his undisputed title clash?

Caleb Plant has to just sit back and relax until there’s a winner between Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders. His next fight will unquestionably be a high-risk and high reward bout, as it will have all the 168-pound titles on the line.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 19: IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant holds up his belt during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Plant will defend his title against Mike Lee on July 20 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

In preparations for this fight, Plant will have to bring in solid changes to his approach. He definitely has extensive skill sets, but an undisputed title fight will demand more than what he usually brings to the table.

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If he employs those changes inside the ring, ‘Sweethands’ will enjoy one of the best fights of his life and could possibly go down in history.

What do you draw from Caleb Plant’s aforementioned comments? On a scale of 1-10, how will you rate Plant on his last performance?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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