Caleb Plant Looking to Stay Unbeaten Against Contender Vincent Feigenbutz
Undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant will defend the title against Vincent Feigenbutz this weekend in Nashville.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2020 • 1:00 PM ET
Nashville will host this weekend's super middleweight title fight.
The IBF super middleweight title will be on the line this Saturday, as champion Caleb Plant will defend the belt on his home turf against former champion Vincent Feigenbutz at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
"Since I was a little kid I’ve thought about, man, one day I want to bring a world title to the Bridgestone,” Nashville native Plant said at a recent media workout in Las Vegas. “It’s the biggest venue in the city, so to be doing that as a world champion at this point in my career, its awesome, it’s huge. I’m going to make the most of it.”
Plant (19-0, 11 KOs) is coming off a third-round TKO victory over Mike Lee in July, his first defense of the title since winning the belt by unanimous decision over Jose Uzcategui in January 2019. Plant’s victory over Lee, however, was a shining moment for the 27-year-old, specifically because it was his first finish in a fight since 2016.
Including Uzcategui, Plant holds notable victories over Rogelio Medina and Andrew Hernandez. He isn’t lacking confidence heading into his second title defense.
"I feel great,” Plant said. “Camp’s been great, sparring’s been great, strength and conditioning, bag work, everything has been spot on. My weight’s good, I know y’all hear that from every fighter, but I think if you check my track record, you know that if I’m telling y’all something’s good, that probably means it's great.
“Everything’s spot on, just finishing out camp with a bang and I’m bringing out something February 15.”
Plant is aware of the threat Feigenbutz will bring to Nashville.
“Big record, a lot of knockouts,” Plant said when asked what he thought about Saturday’s challenger. “He’s been the WBA interim champ, and that’s more than a lot of guys that we do know over here. I know he’s coming to take what’s mine.
“I know this is the biggest moment of his life, but he’ll fall short.”
Feigenbutz (31-2, 28 KOs) won the interim WBA super middleweight title in July 2015 with a TKO victory over Mauricio Reynoso and successfully defended the title in a very controversial unanimous decision win over Giovanni De Carolis three months later.
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Since losing an immediate rematch against De Carolis to become the WBA champion minus the interim tag in January 2016, Feigenbutz has reeled off 10 straight wins with only one of them reaching a decision.
Coming off an eighth-round TKO of Cesar Nunez in August, the 24-year-old German power puncher will fight in the United States for the first time on Saturday. He’s planning on spoiling Plant’s homecoming.
“I am pleased that we are so close to the fight now,” Feigenbutz recently said via Boxing Scene. “I’m feeling fantastic and very well-prepared. Caleb Plant is a tough opponent, but I’m not going to give him anything.
“I will give everything I have and fight until the last second! I want to thank my whole team and Team Sauerland for making this dream a reality for me!”
The winner of this fight could lock down a bout with WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez, who will be in attendance working as an analyst for FOX Sports.
• The fight can be seen on FOX at 8 p.m. this Saturday