IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant (21-0 record, 12 KOs) looked dominant and assertive in his third title defense on Saturday night in Los Angeles. Plant defeated former IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Truax (31-5-2) by unanimous decision.
The first round was a very patient round for Plant as he worked in several body shots on Truax and he felt out Truax’s power early on. Plant showed his power in the opening seconds of the second round with a few powerful overhand punches and snapping jabs. Plant remained in control at the end of the second round and he landed 31 punches compared to Truax’s seven punches landed on Plant.
Truax was unable to land any significant punches on Plant over the next few rounds, and Plant showcased his power. He even made Truax bleed from his nose and it was a continuous breakdown of Truax by Plant.
Although he was down on the scorecards, Truax fought hard in the seventh round and he threw a meaningful combination at Plant that made it seem like he was still competing in the fight. Whenever Truax tried to squeeze inside on Plant, he was hit with a long jab and his offense was stopped in its tracks. To start off the eighth, Truax jumped on Plant to try to get something going, but Plant answered right back, and he regained control quickly.
Plant’s slick boxing skills carried him in the championship rounds and there was simply too much ground for Truax to make up at the end of the fight. Credit needs to be given to Truax for going the distance and showing toughness when Plant hit him with hard shots. Unfortunately for Truax, he ran into an emerging star in the super middleweight division who is on a collision course with some of the biggest names in the division.
Over three fights as the IBF champion, Plant has matured into a legitimate champion who can unify titles against the right championship opponent. He has proven that he can hold on for 12 rounds and be in control for the duration of the bout.
In the post-fight interview, Plant said that he hurt his hand around the fourth round, and it is possibly broken. It is unclear what the injury is but that could hold him out of the ring for some time.
Plant also spoke about fighting WBC and WBA super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez to unify the titles. It will be a while before Plant can face Alvarez because has two fights lined up against Avni Yildirim in February, and an expected fight against Billy Joe Saunders in May.
The super middleweight landscape is wide open when it comes to unifying the division, and Plant is expected to be at the forefront of the picture. Plant has looked very sharp since he won the IBF title in 2019, and he hopes to continue his strong run in the division.