OFFICIAL: Caleb Plant Returns for Title Defense Against Caleb Truax

Published 12/17/2020, 5:42 AM CST
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)


Caleb Plant hasn’t stepped foot inside a boxing ring in almost a year. The undefeated fighter is currently the IBF Super middleweight champion. He has defended the belt twice, with his last defense coming against Vincent Feigenbutz. Since his title win in January 2019, Plant has stepped inside the ring just two times.

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However, that will change when he meets Caleb Truax on the 30th of January to defend his championship. This battle of Caleb’s has been long-anticipated and will be a treat to watch. Truax is a much more experienced fighter than Plant, having won 31 out of his 35 total career fights; Plant is undefeated in his 20.

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Truax is a former champion and easily the toughest test in the 28-year-old Plant’s career. Many would reckon Truax should have never lost his title to James DeGale in 2018. However, he will get the opportunity to right this by taking another crack at the title.

Caleb Plant: Can he come out of this test?

Caleb Plant is evidently a star who is still rising, even though he is already a champion. His career could become a lot shinier than what it already is; beating a fighter like Truax will cement his status as a legitimate top boxer in the world. If there are still any doubters on the Plant train, this fight should be the one to put those doubts at ease.

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NASHVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 15: Caleb Plant celebrates after defeating Vincent Feigenbutz of Germany in their IBF world super middleweight championship bout at Bridgestone Arena on February 15, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Plant defeated Feigenbutz by TKO during the tenth round. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Truax is in his late thirties and has had a long career before him. A loss here could make him contemplate whether he still has enough juice to compete at the highest level. No one wants to see talented fighters like Truax retire, but nobody wants them to take unnecessary damage in a fruitless pursuit.

However, this may be a fantastic matchup for Truax. Power is the last ability of a fighter to leave, and Truax has heaps of it. He is also an ambidextrous puncher, so Plant will have to watch out for him.

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Considering Plant is eyeing an eventual fight with Canelo Alvarez, he cannot afford a slip up here. What do you make of this bout?

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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