EMOTIONAL: Caleb Plant Reflects on Losing His Daughter and How it Inspired Him to Become a World Champion

Published 01/22/2021, 11:40 AM EST
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)


IBF middleweight champion Caleb Plant hasn’t faced a loss inside the squared circle. However, he has seen umpteen darks days in his life outside the boxing ring.

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The 28-year-old has lost his infant daughter due to illness and claims it to be the x-factor that drives his energy in a professional fight.

Boasting of a record of 20-0, Plant will defend his title against Caleb Truax on January 30. Before the fight, he connected with PBC to shed light on his dark days and revealed how his daughter inspired his in-ring achievements.

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While he has helplessly seen his daughter battle with life, Caleb Plant claims to have seen more than any of his boxing contemporaries.

“I have lost more than anybody else that sees in this room. I have taken more hits and more losses than anybody that is going to step in this room.

“Just sit outside on the side and know there’s really nothing you can do to help your little girl, that’s not a good feeling. At that time, it felt like prison. You can’t escape and you can’t get away from it,” said Plant.

After dealing with such a harsh incident, Plant claims to have seen boxing as a way through. His father is a boxing trainer and family bondings have always been the primitive energy for Plant’s success.

He has also recalled daughter Alia to keep inspiring him in life.

“Alia, she had a number of issues, from brain damage to 150 and 175 seizures every day. She couldn’t sit up, she couldn’t walk, she couldn’t make noises, she couldn’t eat,” said Plant.

He added, “I have taken a lot of L’s outside the ring, that’s what kept me undefeated inside the ring.”

Caleb Plant- What’s in store for him?

Following his fight against Truax, ‘Sweet Hands’ can have a massive year in 2021. Being the undefeated champion, he is the favorite in his upcoming fight.

If he wins, it can land him up against the other elite champions of the division, likely Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 20: Referee Robert Byrd (L) holds up the arm of Caleb Plant as he celebrates his third-round TKO victory over Mike Lee to retain his IBF super middleweight title at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Alvarez will return to the ring against Avni Yildirim on February 27th to defend his unified super middleweight belts. After the fight, the top-gunners of the 168 lbs roster can finally collide.

That said, Plant can’t afford to lose his belt at this stage. It can hamper his possible fight against Alvarez and take away his dominance from the division.

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Meanwhile, Plant’s personal trauma will fuel his urge of being a boxing legend as fans continue to pour their favor for the unbeaten American. Do you think Caleb Plant will remain unbeaten this year?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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