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Caleb Plant News
The undefeated two-time 168-pound world champion lights up Las Vegas on Saturday night with a career-best performance atop a stacked PBC event on SHOWTIME Psy-Per-VIew.
The respected trainer of former 168-pound world champ Caleb Plant discusses the nuances of the game ahead of Plant's mega-showdown versus David Benavidez Saturday night in Las Vegas on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View.
In a battle of former super middleweight champions, "Sweethands" Plant delivers a brilliant one-punch KO win and reminds the 168-pound division that he remains one of the very elite.
Caleb Plant Fights
LOSS vs David Benavidez 28-0-0
Mar 25, 2023 • MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
David Benavidez WINS against Caleb Plant by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Anthony Dirrell 34-3-2
Oct 15, 2022 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Caleb Plant WINS against Anthony Dirrell by KO in Round 9 of 12
LOSS vs Saul Alvarez 60-2-2
Nov 06, 2021 • MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Saul Alvarez WINS against Caleb Plant by TKO in Round 11 of 12
Win vs Caleb Truax 31-6-2
Jan 30, 2021 • Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall, Los Angeles, California
Caleb Plant WINS against Caleb Truax by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Vincent Feigenbutz 36-3-0
Feb 15, 2020 • Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Caleb Plant WINS against Vincent Feigenbutz by TKO in Round 9 of 12
Win vs Mike Lee 21-1-0
Jul 20, 2019 • MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caleb Plant WINS against Mike Lee by KO in Round 3 of 12
WIN vs Jose Uzcategui 32-4-0
Jan 13, 2019 • Microsoft Theatre at L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California
Jose Uzcategui LOSES to Caleb Plant by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Rogelio Media 39-9-0
Feb 17, 2018 • Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas
Caleb Plant WINS against Rogelio Media by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Rogelio Medina 39-9-0
Feb 17, 2018 • Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, USA
Caleb Plant WINS against Rogelio Medina by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Andrew Hernandez 19-6-1
Sep 08, 2017 • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Caleb Plant WINS against Andrew Hernandez by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Thomas Awimbono 25-6-1
Feb 25, 2017 • Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Caleb Plant WINS against Thomas Awimbono by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Juan De Angel 22-14-1
Aug 23, 2016 • Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Caleb Plant WINS against Juan De Angel by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Carlos Galvan 12-4-1
Jun 03, 2016 • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA
Caleb Plant WINS against Carlos Galvan by KO in Round 4 of 8
Win vs Adasat Rodriguez 11-4-2
Jan 19, 2016 • Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California, USA
Caleb Plant WINS against Adasat Rodriguez by TKO in Round 6 of 8
Win vs Tyrone Brunson 22-5-1
Oct 31, 2015 • NRG Arena, Houston, Texas, USA
Caleb Plant WINS against Tyrone Brunson by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Jamar Freeman 13-4-2
Sep 22, 2015 • Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Caleb Plant WINS against Jamar Freeman by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Zoltan Sera 20-5-0
Aug 15, 2015 • Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Caleb Plant WINS against Zoltan Sera by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Juan Carlos Rojas Sanchez 7-11-1
Jun 27, 2015 • Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Caleb Plant WINS against Juan Carlos Rojas Sanchez by TKO in Round 4 of 6
Win vs Juan Carlos Rojas 8-11-1
Jun 27, 2015 • Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Caleb Plant WINS against Juan Carlos Rojas by TKO in Round 4 of 6
Win vs Jason Zabokrtsky 3-1-0
May 29, 2015 • Stadium Holiday Inn, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Caleb Plant WINS against Jason Zabokrtsky by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Daniel Henry 2-2-3
Mar 06, 2015 • MGM Grand, Marquee Ballroom, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Caleb Plant WINS against Daniel Henry by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Brian True 1-1-1
Jul 25, 2014 • Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA
Caleb Plant WINS against Brian True by KO in Round 3 of 4
Win vs Mike Noriega 4-3-0
Jun 27, 2014 • Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Caleb Plant WINS against Mike Noriega by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Travis Davidson 2-2-0
May 10, 2014 • USC Galen Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
Caleb Plant WINS against Travis Davidson by KO in Round 1 of 4
Caleb Plant Bio
Caleb “Sweethands” Plant is a rising star with the skills to match. The bigger the stage, the better the performance from the Nashville, Tennessee native, as proven when he wrested the world title away from the incumbent, Jose Uzcategui, in January 2019. Plant’s story is far from complete, but his journey thus far is already compelling.
FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
The middle child between two sisters, Caleb Plant was born on July 8, 1992, in “The Music City.” His parents couldn’t afford a crib for their newborn so they used a dresser drawer.
Boxing was Plant’s outlet. His father Richie, a former kickboxer, introduced his son to combat sports at age nine. Plant went on to compile a 97-20 amateur record, winning several championships in Tennessee.
TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH
Plant made his pro debut at 21, in May 2014. He stopped Travis Davidson in 47 seconds at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles, California.
Plant won his first five fights, four of them inside the distance. But in January 2015, tragedy struck. Plant’s only child, daughter Alia Jean, died from an extremely rare condition she was born with.
Before she passed, Plant promised her that he would become a world champion one day. He returned to the ring two months later, scoring a first-round KO against Daniel Henry in what was scheduled to be his first six-rounder.
In June 2015, Plant elevated his opposition, taking on Juan Carlos Rojas at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Plant patiently broke Rojas down, stopping him in the fourth round. By now, the Nashville native was gaining a reputation for being a smooth boxer with heavy fists.
After a first-round TKO over Zoltan Zera in August, Plant returned the ring just a month later, winning an eight-round unanimous decision over Jamar Freeman.
On Oct 31, 2015, Caleb outpointed veteran Tyron Brunson via another eight-round unanimous decision. His record had climbed to 13-0 (10 KOs) when he fought in his first 10-round main event, in August 2016. The bout took place at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and was nationally televised by ESPN. Plant dominated, shutting DeAngel out to win by scores of 100-89 on all three of the judge’s scorecards.
Plant followed up that win with a 10-round unanimous decision over Ghana’s Thomas Awimbono in February 2017.
In September 2017, Plant won another 10-round unanimous decision, over journeyman Andrew Hernandez, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
PROVING HIS METTLE
On February 17, 2018, Plant stepped up against former world title challenger Rogelio “Porky” Medina, live on FOX, from Don Haskins Center on the UTEP campus in El Paso, Texas.
Plant was the superior boxer, flummoxing Mexico’s Medina with his unique combination of skill and swagger, winning a wide 12-round unanimous decision. Scorecards read 120-108, 119-109, and 117-111.
Plant was ready for a world title. He was granted that opportunity on January 13, 2019, when he took on IBF World 168-pound Champion Jose Uzcategui at the Microsoft Center in Los Angeles.
The headlining fight drew a peak audience of 986,000 on FS1. It was a star-making performance. Plant out-boxed and out-brawled the favored Uzcategui, dropping the Venezuelan once in the second, and again in the fourth, and overcoming a cut over his right eye to win a 12-round unanimous decision.
Two cards read 116-110 while a third judge had it 115-110.
An emotional Plant said afterward, “I worked my whole entire life for this, boxing 17 hard years. This is overwhelming. I believed in myself and now I’ve been crowned king.
“I buried my daughter in the process of getting this belt. I promised I would bring her this, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
A NEW CHAPTER
Plant was now 18-0 (10 KOs). On July 20, 2019, Plant made the first defense of his title, facing Mike Lee in a Premier Boxing Champions on FOX headliner. "Sweethands" lived up to his moniker, overpowering Lee on his way to a one-sided, third-round stoppage win.
A HAPPY HOMECOMING
On Saturday February 15, 2020, Plant returned to his home state of Tennessee for his next bout, taking on hard-hitting, former interim world champion Vincent Feigenbutz at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. It was the first time Plant fought at home since turning professional. A raucous crowd turned up to see their native son turned world champion. Plant didn't disappoint, showing a variety of skills, to go along with power, speed and swag.
Plant dominated from the opening bell, breaking Feigenbutz down and inducing the stoppage at 2:23 of the 10th round in the FOX PBC Fight Night main event. It was a pound for pound performance.
“I was super fueled, I could have gone all night,” Plant said. “The whole city came out. Nashville stand up. I felt great. I was relaxed, sharp, I told you guys I would stop this fight before the 12th round."
“Everybody knows I want that unification fight with David Benavidez,” said Plant. “You know who the best 168-pounder is. If you want that, you have to come see me. I’ve been wanting that fight. I’ve been asking for it. I’m tired of waiting.”
Solidifying Pole Position
On January 30, 2021, Plant headlined FOX PBC Fight Night versus former world champion Caleb Truax live from Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall in Los Angeles. He successfully defended his title with a masterful unanimous decision victory.
Using blazing hand speed, a stiff jab and punches from multiple angles, Plant battered Truax and kept him off balance over the course of the 12 rounds. It was a game effort from Truax, but Plant proved to be too much to handle. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Plant 120-108, a 12-round shutout.
The fight drew a peak audience of 2.019 million viewers during the FOX PBC Fight Night live broadcast. The main event portion of the telecast averaged 1.887 million viewers, proving yet again that Plant is one of the biggest stars in the sport of boxing.
AN EPIC BATTLE FOR THE UNDISPUTED CROWN
On November 6, 2021, Plant and WBA/WBC/WBO World 168-pound Champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez squared off to crown the first ever undisputed super middleweight champion. The highly anticipated showdown took place in front of a sell-out crowd of 16,586 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on SHOWTIME pay-per-view.
The two heated rivals had got into it during their inaugural press conference announcing the bout and the action heated up from there. Yet the fight itself exceeded all expectations. Plant used his athleticism, boxing skills and high ring IQ to control the ring space. The action see-sawed as both champions had their moments.
On this night, Plant proved himself to be elite but Canelo was a tick better, finding the punches he needed to break Plant down and stop him in the eleventh round.
KO of the Year
Plant returned to the ring in a major way on October 15, 2022, in a FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. This was Plant's first bout in the Big Apple. He gave the Brooklyn faithful a finish they'll never forget. Facing nemesis and former two-time 168-pound champion Anthony "The Dog" Dirrell, Plant outboxed his counterpart for much of the night and then ended the battle with a crunching left hook that left Dirrell flat on his back. No count was needed.
"This win felt good,” said Plant. “You've heard about how much he hates me, but my head and my heart is what won me this fight. I was in control the whole time. My coach told me to stay patient and ease in and that's what we did. Then, boom!
"I'm ready for whatever comes next. I'm going to spend some time with my family, but then I'm ready for the biggest fights that we can make."
Plant kept his word. On March 25, 2023, he took unbeaten, two-time WBC world super middleweight champion David Benavidez in a highly-anticipated grudge match at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The build-up was as exciting and tense as any bout witnessed in modern times.
The fight didn't disappoint either. In the end, Benavidez retained his Interim WBC Super Middleweight Title with a bruising unanimous decision victory by scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113.
The showdown turned into the intriguing clash of styles that many predicted it would be, as Plant’s boxing acumen carried the early action until the brute force and high-volume power punching of Benavidez took over. After 12 grueling rounds in front of a sold out arena, the two fighters squashed their years long beef, embracing and expressing their mutual respect.
“It’s a big rivalry but that’s what boxing is all about,” said Plant. “We came here and settled it like men. I take nothing from David. We haven’t been the best of friends but we got into the ring and we settled it like men. That’s what you’re supposed to do. He’s a helluva fighter.”