Turning professional in 2014, Caleb Plant has managed to climb his way up the ladder in boxing’s super middleweight division. Winning the IBF Super Middleweight Championship last January against Jose Uzcategui, Plant (19-0) has successfully defended it once.
Now, “Sweethands” will look to beat another mandatory challenger in Vincent Feigenbutz in his own backyard. Plant, born in Ashland City, Tennessee, will be fighting inside the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on February 15. The PBC on FOX-produced fight will showcase Plant’s unique skills and eleven wins via knockout against Feigenbutz (31-2), who has 28 wins via KO.
In an interview with FIGHT SPORTS, Plant compared his opponent to Mike Lee, who he beat via TKO back in July. he also compared his own power versus the German’s.
“I definitely think this (fight against Feigenbutz) is a step-up in competition,” Plant stated. “You know, Mike Lee, he was coming down from a bigger weight class, undefeated, maybe he didn’t have the boxing skills that I have… Vincent, he’s a more well-rounded boxer. Just like Mike Lee, I don’t think he’s going to have any answers for what I’m bringing to the table.
“He (Feigenbutz) has a lot of experience, a lot of fights, but we are just going to go out there relaxed, show up and make adjustments as needed,” Plant continued. “You never know what you are going to get with me: It could be a boxing lesson, it could be a knockout. He’s the one who’s going to have to figure out the puzzle because I feel like I’m the most complete fighter in the 168-pound division. I have the most tools, I feel like I’m the most well-rounded.”
Training with Ronald Ellis, who was born into a boxing family, Plant feels right at home. He believes his skills are sharper than ever before. Plant discussed all the hard work he put into sparring moments before he was interviewed. Plant might have even done more sparring as the day went on, that is how dedicated he is to the sport.
This will be Feigenbutz’s first time fighting in the United States. While on paper Plant has the home field advantage, he doesn’t look at it that way. The small details don’t matter, but the competitive drive does. That is how he sees this fight, and Plant will not be taking Feigenbutz lightly.
“At the end of the day, no matter where we go, we all have to travel; I don’t live in Nashville anymore, I live in Las Vegas,” Plant went on to say. “We are both trying to get inside that ring and we’re both trying to force our will upon the other one. So, he’s got a lot of experience. He may not have been to America before but he’s traveled around Europe to pick up wins. In the amateurs, I’ve traveled out of the country to pick up wins. At the end of the day, we are both professionals.”
One fight Plant is interested in is against David Benavidez The WBC Super Middleweight Champion will be ringside for the right, scouting his potential opponents. Plant doesn’t see that fight happening right away, as he must face mandatory challengers or risk losing his belt. He has asked for the fight, and even if something gets in the way of that happening, Plant is focused on bettering himself.
“When he (Benavidez) fought Ronald Gavril in Las Vegas, when he won and was walking down the stairs of the ring, I was standing right at the bottom of the stairs just so I can ask him, ‘Hey, when do you want to make this happen?’ And since his promotor was standing right there with me, he said I need a couple more fights, and he needs a couple more fights,” Plant went on to say. “He’s a young kid, I’m pretty young myself, I only have nineteen fights right now. I think it is something they are just trying to build, turn into a megafight, which I understand. I’m not interested in waiting too long. I’m not in a position where I can say who I fight, when I fight, where I fight.
“I really don’t care who they put in front of me. At the end of the day, I feel like I’m the most complete fighter in the super-middleweight division. I feel like I have the most tools, I feel like I have the best ring IQ. I’m a fighter, that’s what I love to do.”
A man who has gone through personal tragedy, Plant’s love for boxing has helped him become the man he is today. He uses his dedication of the sport to better himself. This is something he preaches to the younger generation of athletes going forward.
“If you wake up in the morning and you feel something in your heart, you feel something in your mind and it is pulling you towards what you love, it has got to pull you. If you have to push for it, then it is not going to work. If you feel something… that gravitates you… then you have found what you love. Whatever life throws at you, just wake up the next day and do it again.
“I live, sleep and breathe boxing. Everything I do is for boxing… I would give my last breathe for this sport.”