Caleb Plant vs. Caleb Truax Outcomes: Plant surpasses Truax to defend IBF 168-pound title
Caleb Plant looked to defend his IBF super middleweight title by dominating Caleb Truax. He has bigger and better things in his sights now.
For example, the undisputed world champion in the super middleweight division.
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“That’s my goal,” said Plant (21-0, 12 KOs). “I want to be the first undisputed super middleweight champion. It doesn’t matter who it is against. Line them up and I’ll knock them down.”
The fight was titled “PBC on Fox” from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles on Saturday night. This was Plant’s first fight since Vincent Feigenbutz stopped in the 10th round last February.
The plant started quickly, popped the bump and landed on the body. A short hook in the middle of the first round stunned Truax. It was obvious that the speed of “Sweethands” was going to be a big problem for the challenger. After Plant set the pace, it wasn’t long before Truax realized that survival would be his only victory that night, and only a moral victory.
Truax tried to work his way into it, but couldn’t disturb Plant’s rhythm.
A brief left lead from Plant in the fourth round resulted in a sequence in which the Champion apparently couldn’t miss with one punch. Plant continued to amass the punishment, but couldn’t get his opponent out of the way.
By the sixth round, Truax’s face was a bloody mess, but its durability allowed him to hang around and continue to absorb the punishment. Truax landed a tough hand in game eight, but lacked any semblance of consistency that might have turned this fight away from the glorified sparring game it was.
In the end, Plant won in one clean run; The judges all scored 120-108. But it wasn’t the break he wanted.
Much of the blame for this came from an injury he believes sustained in the middle rounds.
“I wanted the break,” Plant said before revealing a possible broken hand. “I’m disappointed I didn’t get it, but my hand was injured in the middle rounds.”
With WBA (Super), WBC and Ring 168-pound champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez already facing his next two fights, it may be some time before Plant has the opportunity to unite. Until then, he will try to stay busy and wait for his opportunity.
“I’m ready for anyone you put in front of me,” he said.