By Jon Uddin✏
Saturday night at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, 🇺🇸Caleb Plant (20-0-0, 12KO) put on a show for his hometown fans as he stopped Germany’s 🇩🇪Vincent Feigenbutz (31-3-0, 28KO) in ten rounds, retaining his IBF Super-Middleweight title in the process.
The result and the level of dominance displayed isn’t a surprise. After Plant won the IBF title off of Jose Uzcategui he firmly cemented himself as a top talent in the Super-Middleweight division. Feigenbutz, like Mike Lee who Plant smoked out in three rounds last July, doesn’t fit into that category. Once referee Malik Waleed mercifully stepped in to call a halt to the bout, the German who had been busted up over the previous nine rounds, must have felt the 4600 mile gap that currently separated him from his home in Germany was equal to his talent gap with Plant.
The hometown showcase was a success. Nashville showed up and the crowd was engaged as their native fighter did as he pleased, busting up a game but outgunned opponent. The most important moment of the night, as far as the day in and day out boxing fan goes, happened after the fight.
Once Plant was announced as the winner, and he was done handing out his thank yous to the crowd, he let it be known what fight he wants next. That’s a unification with current WBC Champion and promotional stable mate 🇺🇸David Benavidez. This is a fantastic fight for all parties involved including the fans and shouldn’t have any barriers blocking it.
The other Champions in the division, ♛Callum Smith (RING/WBA (Super)), and Billy Joe Saunders (WBO) are locked in talks about who will face cash cow and current WBA (Regular) Champion 🇲🇽Canelo Alvarez. No matter the outcome of those negotiations it’s highly unlikely that Plant or Benavidez end up in the ring with any of those three.
Plant used his post fight interview to call Benavidez out by name and says it’s the fight he has wanted so there appears to be no time like the present to make the unification happen. Let’s hope there’s an announcement for summer or fall this year.