Plant vs. Feigenbutz Preview
By Robert Ecksel on January 6, 2020
“I'm very excited to bring my world title home to Nashville in my second title defense.”
On Saturday, February 15, in a fight televised live on FOX and FOX Deportes from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant (19-0, 11 KOs), from Las Vegas by way of Ashland, Tennessee, will defend his title against Vincent Feigenbutz (31-2, 28 KOs), the hard-hitting mandatory from Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
The fight will be the first time 27-year-old Plant will fight in his hometown as a pro. He will be making the second defense of the 168-pound title that he won via unanimous decision victory over Jose Uzcategui a year ago. His stopped then-unbeaten Mike Lee in the first defense of the title six months later.
“I'm very excited to bring my world title home to Nashville in my second title defense,” said Plant. “It'll be in front of all of my family and friends and I plan to put on a spectacular performance. Vincent Feigenbutz is a very tough, rugged European fighter. He's got a big knockout ratio, but this is my backyard and I will not let any man come in here and rain on my parade. On February 15, I'm representing my hometown and my home city with pride. I believe this will be the first of many fights that we hold at The Bridgestone in Nashville. This fight isn't going 12 rounds.”
Twenty-four-year-old Feigenbutz brings a 90% knockout ratio into the ring. He became the youngest German champion in history when he defeated Giovanni de Carolis for the interim WBA super middleweight title at the age of 20 in 2015. He lost the rematch three months later, but has won 10 straight since the defeat, nine by early stoppage.
‘It has always been my goal to have a big fight like this in the US,” Feigenbutz said. “I am not going there to lose. I am coming over to become only the second German boxer, after the legendary Max Schmeling, to win the world title in the US and bring the belt back home to Germany. I hope everyone in my home country will have my back and support me on this journey. For me, Plant is the strongest of all super middleweight world champions. We are the underdog, but we won't make it as easy for Caleb, like in his last fight. We know how difficult a fight on American soil is, so there is only one strategy: Get the knockout!”