Plant Ready To Show Better Version Of Himself Vs. Feigenbutz
It will be a true homecoming for Caleb Plant, as the IBF Super Middleweight Champion will main event a card taking place inside the Bridgestone Arena in his backyard of Nashville, Tennessee. “Sweethands” will face off against Vincent Feigenbutz on February 15th in a Premier Boxing Champions-produced event on FOX.
Fighting since 2014, Plant (19-0) is coming off of a TKO-win against Mike Lee back in July. Now, he is preparing to defend his IBF belt for the second time, and doing so in a place he is extremely familiar with is a dream for Plant.
“Since I was little kid I’ve thought about wanting to bring a world title to the Bridgestone Arena,” Plant stated during a media scrum at his workout session. “It’s the biggest venue in the city, so to be headlining there as a world champion, at this point in my career, it’s huge. I’m going to make the most of it.
“I feel great,” Plant continued. “Camp and sparring have been great and my strength and conditioning is spot on. I know everyone says they’re on weight, but if you check my track record, you know that if I tell you I feel good, that probably means it’s going great. We’re just finishing up camp with a bang and ready for February 15.”
Plant’s opponent might be the step up in competition he’s been waiting for. Feigenbutz (31-2) has 28 wins via knockout and is currently on a ten-fight win streak, eight of those wins coming via some form of knockout. The 24-year-old from Germany’s last win was against Cesar Nunez back in August via TKO. This will be his first time fighting in America, and Plant is ready to welcome him with a closed fist.
“Feigenbutz has a good record and a lot of knockouts,” Plant went on to say. “He’s been an interim champion before, and that’s more than a lot of top contenders can say. I know he’s coming to take what’s mine and I know this is the biggest moment of his life, but he’s going to fall short.”
In order to avoid Feigenbutz’s power, Plant has brought in Ronald Ellis (17-1-2, 1NC) as well as fighters and trainers from Norway. He is looking to create any advantage against the knockout artist. Since outpointing Jose Uzcategui for the IBF strap, Plant has managed to work on improving every aspect of his game. That, along with his personal life and the losses that have come within his family, has motivated him to be the best version of himself.
“My offense and punching power is probably the best that its’ ever been,” said Plant. “My defense and footwork is also just as slick as always. You saw the best Caleb Plant so far against Jose Uzcategui, and you didn’t get to see a whole lot of it, but I was a better Caleb Plant against Mike Lee. Now I’m going to show an even better version of myself on February 15.
“It’s exciting to be in this position,” Plant continued. “I feel like my career is right where I want it to be. I’m just taking it one fight at a time. We’re going to get this out of the way, then move on to what’s next.”