By Jon Uddin✏
He currently lives and trains in Las Vegas, but Tennessee is where IBF Super-Middleweight Champion 🇺🇸Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant (19-0-0, 11KO) calls home. This Saturday, he will finally get to take center stage as he headlines his first card in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena. Plant is set to make the second defense of his belt against Germany’s 🇩🇪Vincent Feigenbutz (31-2-0, 28KO).
Plant spent 2019 collecting his first world title as he displayed both skill and toughness as he earned a unanimous decision over Venezuela’s hard hitting Jose Uzcategui. Six months later he easily dispatched the previously undefeated Mike Lee in three rounds, putting the Chicago native down four times before the fight was stopped. Plant doesn’t look past any opponent but hasn’t hesitated in stating that the goal in 2020 is to unify titles, with his sights set on WBC Champion and promotional stablemate David Benavidez later in the year.
The first hurdle for Plant is Feigenbutz. Fiegenbutz, who owned a secondary version of the WBA title in 2016, carries an 85% knockout rate and has stopped his last five opponents. This marks the first fight on U.S. soil for the 24 year old German and will be his toughest test by far. It’s been a bit hectic to say the least for Feigenbutz as far as trainers go. For his matchup with Plant, his original head man Ulli Wegner, was hospitalized due to a broken leg, so Torsten Scmitz was called upon to take charge. That ended up falling apart as Schmitz had commitments with other fighters that prevented schedules from lining up. On Saturday, Feignebutz will be led by Eduard Mchel and Kosta Patoulidis.
Plant is ranked #3 by Jon Uddin in the Super-Middleweight division and #4 by Tré Berry. He is a huge favorite heading into Saturday night -1667, over Feigenbutz at +675. The fight will be shown on Fox at 8pm ET.