Saturday Night Fever: Plant vs. Truax
By Robert Ecksel on January 30, 2021
Plant may have bigger fish to fry than Caleb Truax, but it’s Truax who’s on his radar tonight.
On Saturday, January 30, headlining a tripleheader televised live on FOX PBC Fight Night from Shrine Expo Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant (20-0, 12 KOs), the sharpshooter from Las Vegas by way of Ashland City, Tennessee, will defend his title against number one ranked Caleb Truax (31-4-2, 19 KOs), the hardnosed former super middleweight champion from St. Michael, Minnesota. The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds.
Caleb Plant is the real deal. The 28-year-old Tennessean is slowly and steadily making a name for himself. From amateur standout to local phenom to undefeated world champion, Plant is on the cusp of being recognized as one of boxing’s elite in the stacked 168-pound division. He captured the IBF title as an underdog in January 2019 with a unanimous decision victory over Jose Uzcategui. He has twice defended the title, against Mike Lee and Vincent Fiegenbutz in 2019 and 2010, respectively.
Positioned precisely where he belongs in the P4P rankings, Plant may have bigger fish to fry than Caleb Truax, who won the IBF title in 2017 as a 50:1 underdog by upsetting James DeGale, but it’s Truax who’s on his radar tonight.
“I’m fully focused on January 30 and when that bell rings so I can do what I do best,” said Plant on a recent conference call. “I’m not looking past him, but I am looking through him. I’m looking to end this fight early. I don’t see it going 12 rounds, so whether they throw in the white towel, I throw in the white towel for him or the ref steps in to do his job, I’m looking for a stoppage. This ends with me getting my hand raised in spectacular fashion.”
Truax always comes to fight and always comes to win. The four losses on his record were questionable, and knows he what he brings to the bout.
‘I’m going to win because I’m the most experienced and the best fighter that Plant has ever faced,” Truax said. “I believe my experience, my pressure, my conditioning and just my determination will be the factor in getting the win.
“In a perfect world, it’s a slugfest, a crowd-pleasing fight and I get the win in a 12-round decision. Actually, in a perfect world I go out there and knock him out with the first punch. But we all know that’s not going to happen. He’s a good fighter so I expect to go 12 rounds and just get the job done.”
Plant should be done with mandatories for awhile.
“There are unification fights to be made and I feel like they will happen,” he said. “But as of now, January 30 has my full attention. After that, we’ll have a better understanding of how the cards will fall in the super middleweight division and we’ll be ready to make our next move.
“We’re not looking to jump on something quick for a quick payday and ride off into the sunset. We’re looking to take this thing all the way to the top and sometimes that requires patience. I know in due time, after I handle business on Saturday when those fights do happen, everything will come to fruition just like we imagined.”
Plant is a serious-minded fellow. He’s not known for his high jinks.
“Like most boxers, I don’t come from much and I wanted more than I had,” the Tennessee native said. “I wanted a better life for the loved ones around me. So I set my mind on a mission and when I put my mind to something, no matter what it is in life, when I say I’m going to do it, I do it. And when I say I want something, I get it. So it doesn’t matter what life tosses my way, it doesn’t matter what I’m up against, once I set my mind to it, I assure you it will get done. I’m fully motivated for this fight, fully focused and, again, I can’t wait to get in there.
“This fight ends in a knockout.”
The co-main event features unbeaten heavyweights Michael Coffie and Darmani Rock in a 10-rounder. The opening fight of the telecast features super welterweight hotshot Joey Spencer against Isiah Seldon. The fight is scheduled for eight rounds. The action starts at 8 PM ET/5 PM/PT.