Caleb Plant emphatically retained his IBF Super Middleweight title with a one sided tenth round stoppage of the German Vincent Feigenbutz in Plant’s hometown of Nashville in Tennessee.
‼️ Caleb Plant retains his IBF Super Middleweight crown as he earns a stoppage in round 10 after dominating Feigenbutz from start to finish.
🏆 Unification fights needed ASAP:
Plant – IBF
Benavidez – WBC
Saunders – WBO
Smith – WBA
— All Of The Belts 🥊 (@AllOfTheBelts) February 16, 2020
Plant is fast growing into an established World champion, and enhanced his credentials even further with a real statement win at the Bridgestone Arena. The home fighter was making a second defence of the belt that he won in impressive fashion against Jose Uzcategui last year.
A sharp jab set the tone for “Sweet Hands” Plant, using the punch as a range finder in the early stages to set up a whole repertoire of shots. A right hand followed by a left uppercut rocked the visitor as early as the second round, and the 24 year old Fegenbutz was further rocked in the third with an array of punches landing for the champion almost at will. It was fast becoming a torrid night for the challenger, who was fighting in the USA for the very first time, as round after round Plant connected with hurtful shots.
In the ninth, several combinations landed for Plant, and he bloodied the German’s nose, causing heavy damage. Feigenbutz’s race was run, and in the tenth round, after more savage combinations, the referee Malik Waleed finally mercifully called an end to the action and the barrage.
What’s next for Caleb Plant he says to @Benavidez300 “Lets get it cracking!” 🥊 pic.twitter.com/EISBiPDOBg
— Kayla Anderson (@KaylaAndersonTV) February 16, 2020
Plant wasted no time in stating his intentions to clean the division out, and collect more gold.
“Everybody knows I want that unification fight with David Benavidez,” said Plant post fight.
“You know who the best 168 pounder is. If you want that you got to come see me. I’ve been wanting that fight. I’ve been asking for it and I’m tired of waiting.
“This performance to me says I’m the best super middleweight in the world. All these under guys at 168 pounds have been having tough fights against guys they should be killing and I’m killing everybody I should be having tough fights against. I went in there and did what I was supposed to do with the weight of the world on my shoulders and I did it in great fashion.”
Benavidez may have to wait however, as the WBC champion next has a mandatory defence with Avni Yildirim to contend with, slated for the spring.
Feigenbutz had no complaints with the stoppage whatsoever, and suggested that Plant was just too big and strong for him as he plots a move down to Middleweight for his next career assignment.