By Damarus Stephens, East Coast Correspondent
Nashville, TN- The Super Middleweight division in boxing is one of my personal favorites because it usually features boxers who have both hand speed and punching power. Think Roy Jones, Joe Calzaghe, and Andre Ward. Caleb “Sweethands” Plant fits that same mold and he has the potential to be one of the best in the division. He came into the fight already carrying the IBF Super Middleweight title and looked to make a statement to the rest of the division. His opponent for this task would be Vincent Feigenbutz.
Feigenbutz is no slouch coming into the fight with an impressive resume with a record of 31-2 with 28 KOs. Feigenbutz is a former WBA Super Middleweight champion, a title he won at the age of 21. He came into the fight having won 10 in a row and 30 of his last 31 fights! Vincent is the younger fighter but has more ring experience with 33 total fights and has an 84.85% KO percentage.
Plant of course came into this fight undefeated with a record of 19-0 with 11 KOs. He was very impressive in his last fight getting a TKO win over previously undefeated Mike Lee. Plant won his IBF title by unanimous decision with 2 knockdowns over Jose Uzcategui back in January of last year. Plant often talked about how bad he wanted to fight in his hometown and the lead up to the fight said that he would rather die than give up the title. He also mentioned wanting to be one of the best boxers ever and I’m sure he would love to have his name and picture added to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame with the likes of Pat Summit, Allen Houston, and Mack Brown.
There was a lot of mutual dislike for both men at the press conference and weigh-in for 2 fighters that can’t understand the other’s language. They shared some very intense staredowns. Both fighters refused to break eye contact as Heidi Androl tried to interview both fighters during the weigh-in. The same thing happened the previous day during the final press conference in which Vincent Feigenbutz’s camp was carrying around a football helmet. Plant commented that Feigenbutz would need to wear it during the fight and that no one would hear from Feigenbutz again if he lost this fight to Plant.
In front of a packed hometown crowd in the Bridgestone Arena, the Plants put on stellar performances. That is Plant’s plural because Caleb’s wife sang the national anthem, killed it, while the undefeated boxer showcased his hand speed as well as great footwork and elusiveness. He started the fight by going exclusively to the body. In the 2nd round Plant came out and established his jab then staggered Feigenbutz with a 3 punch combo to the body and head. Feigenbutz had no answers in the first half of the fight with Plant owning the reach advantage and he was staggered several times walking into Plant’s jab and 3 punch combos. Feigenbutz finally let his hands go in the 7th and got in a flurry combo but Plant merely shook his head and blew a kiss at his opponent. The fight finally came to an end in the 11th round with the ref stepping in and calling a halt to the action due to Plant trapping Feigenbutz on the ropes and landing more combos.
Caleb Plant delivered the wanted outcome for the Nashville natives that showed up to cheer him on. In the post-fight presser, he and his camp stated that they want to have more fights in Nashville and possibly turn it into a legit fight town. He also stated that he wants to fight David Benavidez next however he will not “wait on the shelf” in inactivity for no one. He also stated that he would also like to fight Canelo Alvarez but would be smart about taking that fight, saying he would make sure he was in top shape. Hopefully, for boxing fans, they get to see one of these fights in 2020. Also, Plant did clear up that there is no animosity between him and Feigenbutz and that he hugged and kissed him on the cheek after the fight.
In other action on the undercard, Nashville native Austin Dulay (13-2 10KOs) lost a unanimous decision to Diego Magdaleno (32-3 13KOs). Dulay was unprepared for Magdaleno’s experience and got knocked down by a sternum shot in the 6th round. In the co-main event, Abel Ramos (26-3-2 20KOs) scored an upset KO in the 10th and final round over Bryant Perrella (17-3 14KOs). Perrella started the fight well-winning rounds easy before he seemed to tire and got knocked down and then got up only to be knocked out in the 12th.
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