It is safe to say that no one asked for this fight, and when the fight was announced, you could hear a collective groan from everywhere around you. With that being said, there is a reason why unbeaten IBF Super-Middleweight Titleholder 🇺🇸Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (20-0-0, 12KO👊) chose to fight his namesake, and former Titlist himself 🇺🇸Caleb Truax (31-4-2, 19KO👊) at this present time, and that has much to do with pursuing the big fight he nearly secured two months ago.
Essentially what this Plant vs. Truax fight is, basically a stay-busy, stop-gap fight, which is completely fine to take, if you are serious about taking the next big step to follow. There is an unwarranted stigma of watchers out there who are waiting to lambast boxers whenever their announced opponent doesn’t meet the standard of top-level fighter, and that EVERY SINGLE fight that you sign up for has to be a big one, which makes the coverage of chain events towards securing fights mess less enjoyable to cover.
Caleb Plant was on a very short list to get the December 19th slot to fight who many believe to be the P4P leader in boxing today 👑🇲🇽Canelo Alvarez, but given the importance of the fight, and it being it allotted only a small period of time for preparation 📍(only 4 weeks to prepare a truncated training camp), negotiations fell through, while now former Super-Middleweight Champion of the World 🇬🇧Callum Smith won the bid to get the fight, which did not go well for the Brit.
As for Caleb Truax, he has seen 📉far better days a this latter stage of his career, and ability wise doesn’t pose anything that can be warranted as a threat towards Plant, who has as much natural talent coursing through his 🧬DNA as anyone in the division. Nonetheless, he gets his 3rd crack at a trinket of a title at the world level, and the 37 year old hopes to make the most of his opportunity.