Caleb Plant to Defend IBF Super Middleweight Title Against Traux
IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant will defend the belt against Caleb Traux in Los Angeles this weekend.
Updated: Jan. 28, 2021 • 5:45 PM ET
Los Angeles will host this weekend's IBF super middleweight title fight.
The IBF super middleweight title will be on the line this Saturday, as undefeated champion Caleb Plant will defend the belt against veteran and former champion Caleb Truax in Los Angeles.
Plant (20-0, 12 KOs) will step into the ring for the first time since last February when he defeated Vincent Feigenbutz by 10th-round TKO, his second straight win by TKO and second title defense. On Saturday, the 28-year-old Tennessee native will look to solidify his position as the elite boxer in his division with a win over a fighter who once held the belt.
Many pundits believe that Plant is still missing a marquee victory on his resume, but Plant doesn’t believe he needs to chase fights with other great contenders.
“I’ll be here for a long time,” Plant recently told Boxing Scene. “I’m not chasing nobody. I’m the champion. I’m the world champion. I’m the big dog at 168 pounds. So I’m not going to see anybody, they’ve got to come see me.”
Plant also doesn’t feel that his time away from the ring will affect him against Truax.
“I can honestly say this is one of my best camps,” Plant said during a recent conference call. “I’ve had great sparring. I haven’t had any restrictions as far as COVID-19 goes when it comes to sparring partners or strength and conditioning or being in the gym. So I’ve been really focused on what I need to do, and I’m just ready to go in there and handle business.
While he’ll be satisfied with a win over Truax, Plant still feels there’s much more to do in his career.
“I’m still far from where I want to be,” Plant said. “I’m still far from everything I want to accomplish and to keep that hunger, that motivation, you have to be honest with yourself about who you are and where you’re at. I know where I’m at in my career and how much farther I want to go, so it’s no time for me to let my foot off the gas. I need to keep my foot on their necks and I need to keep pushing because, as I’ve said, I’m looking to become the first undisputed world super middleweight champion of all time, and you can’t do that with just one world title.”
Truax (31-4-2, 19 KOs) is coming off a majority-decision win over David Basajjamivule last January, which was a big rebound after a no contest against Peter Quillin in April 2019 due to an accidental clash of heads that cut him. The 37-year-old Truax won the IBF super middleweight title in 2017 with a majority-decision victory over James DeGale, but he lost the belt in a close decision four months later in a rematch with DeGale.
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Truax also challenged for the WBA middleweight title in 2015, surprising many by going 12 rounds with Daniel Jacobs until ultimately losing by TKO in the final frame. He has accumulated a wealth of experience against solid fighters such as Jermaine Taylor and Anthony Dirrell, but Truax will have a different challenge in front of him in Plant.
Truax, though, is looking to make the most of the opportunity.
“I’m very grateful and fortunate to be in this spot,” Truax said during the same conference call. “I’m feeling fantastic. Everything is going as planned as far as camp. I’ve had some great sparring over the past five or six weeks. I’m feeling healthy for the first time in a couple years. I was talking to my trainer this morning when we were working out and I’m almost paranoid that something is going to go wrong in the last nine days. I’m feeling so good right now. I’m just excited and ready to take on this challenge.”
Truax is ready to embrace the underdog role once again.
“I’ve always been the underdog, and I embrace that role,” Truax said. “I fight my best when I’m in that spot, and I look forward to proving all the naysayers wrong again.”
The former champion is ready to pull one of the biggest upsets in 2021 and become champion once again.
“I just want to fight, to just get in there and do what I do, and fight and win”, Truax said via Max Boxing. “I don’t care if I’m a long shot or anything. I’m hungry, and I’m treating this like my last opportunity to win my title back. I’m going in as the underdog, but I’ve been in that position before and I’ve beaten the odds.”
• Start time/how to watch: The main card can be seen on FOX at 8 p.m. this Saturday.