NEWS Caleb Plant has always been more about making history than friends when it comes to his time in the ring. Still, the unbeaten super middleweight titlist can’t quite put a finger on his flair for bringing the worst out of his opponents. The latest example comes in an apparent five-year beef with former titlist Caleb Truax, whom Plant next faces to defend his 168-pound title.“He’s had some things to say about me in the past and I plan to make him pay for it on January 30th,” Plant told BoxingScene.com ahead of their upcoming title fight, which will air live from Fox from Shrine Expo Auditorium in Los Angeles.
- When: Saturday, Jan. 30
- Start time: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT (main event later in show)
- Where: Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall, Los Angeles
- TV: FOX
- Division: Super middleweight (168 pounds)
- Rounds: 12
- At stake: Plant’s IBF title
- Odds: Plant 20-1
- Live: watch
Caleb Plant’s First Defense of 2021
Plant is among the best super middleweights in the world presently, and there is understandably a lot of support around him heading into this fight.There’s even dialogue about a potential fight for Caleb Plant with Canelo Alvarez later in the year should things coincide with what the oddsmakers think will happen this weekend.If anyone is familiarized with playing the role of spoiler though, it’s Caleb Truax.
Caleb Truax’s Path Back to IBF Gold
As was mentioned earlier, Truax is no stranger to this particular belt. He captured this same IBF championship then lost it in his next fight during a pair of bouts with James DeGale.Truax has gone unbeaten in his last three outings to redirect his path back to the IBF belt.To regain the title he once held ownership of, Truax will need to put the first blemish on the spotless professional record of Plant.
Truax (31-4-2, 19KOs) is generally viewed as one of the sport’s most likeable figures, although the former super middleweight titlist has never masked his disdain for his undefeated counterpart. The rivalry between the two Calebs dates back to Plant’s 12th pro fight, a 6th round stoppage of Adasat Rodriguez in Jan. 2016. The FS1-televised affair apparently didn’t sit well with Minnesota’s Truax, whose viewing interest was limited to his friend Jamal James in the evening’s main event.
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“[One] round in and I already hope Caleb Plant gets knocked out,” Truax tweeted in real time.
That wish wouldn’t come true on that night or any other to date. Plant has never been dropped through 20 pro fights while emerging among the super middleweight elite.
Truax is far from the first to have harsh words for the 28-year old Tennessee native. Past title fight victims Jose Uzcategui—whom Plant dethroned in Jan. 2019—Mike Lee and Vincent Feigenbutz also played the role bitter challengers, while former two-time titlist David Benavidez has the most to say about Plant without actually having yet faced his unbeaten divisional counterpart.
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“I don’t know what it is. I don’t know why they dislike me so much,” notes Plant, who now lives and trains in the greater Las Vegas area. “That’s kind of how I found it to be in my career. They either really like me and go all out to support me, or they just flat out don’t like me.
“I never really understood why, but that’s alright. It’s a fight, so I don’t want [Truax] to like me. I know I don’t like him. I couldn’t care less about his feelings towards me. When that bell rings, if he’s got something that he don’t like about me then that’s where he can do something about it.”
How to watch Plant vs. Truax: TV, live stream
The Plant vs. Truax fight will air live on FOX, meaning the fight can be watched for free. The bout can also be live-streamed on the FOX Sports app.
Where is the Plant vs. Truax fight?
This will mark Caleb Plant’s first time fighting at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, but his fourth bout in California. It will be the first time, Truax competes in California, as he’s fought primarily in the Midwest, including his hometown state of Minnesota.
Caleb Plant record and bio
- Nationality: American
- Born: July 8, 1992
- Height: 6-1
- Reach: 74 inches
- Total fights: 20
- Record: 20-0 with 12 knockouts
Caleb Truax record and bio
- Nationality: American
- Born: Sept. 14, 1983
- Height: 6-1
- Reach: 75 inches
- Total fights: 22
- Record: 31-4-2 with 19 knockouts
Caleb Plant vs. Caleb Truax fight card
- Caleb Plant vs. Caleb Truax for Plant’s IBF Super Middleweight title
- Michael Coffie vs. Darmani Rock Duel; Heavyweight
- Joey Spencer vs. Isiah Seldon; Junior Middleweight
- Rances Barthelemy vs. All Rivera; Welterweight
- Atif Oberlton vs. Nathan Sharp; Light Heavyweight
- Brandyn Lynch vs. Mark Hernandez; Middleweight
- Fernando Molina vs. James De Herrera; Lightweight
Daniel Garcia vs. Joseph Quintana; Lightweight