Caleb Plant won’t overlook Truax as Canelo looms

Caleb Plant understands what is coming, long prior to the concerns are asked. On Saturday (8 p.m. ET, Fox), he’ll safeguard his IBF incredibly middleweight champion versus Caleb Truax in Los Angeles.

There is some heat in between them, as Plant doesn’t like some things that Truax has actually stated about him and pledges to make him pay.

However generally the very first concern or most of the discussion isn’t about Truax, an excellent fighter who quickly held the IBF belt after a 2017 upset of previous Olympic gold medalist James DeGale.

Usually, however, the discussion is more about another fighter, one who is not in Plant’s instant future.

What, Plant is asked routinely, does he think about Canelo Alvarez’s perform at incredibly middleweight?

Alvarez is the leading pound-for-pound fighter on the planet and now holds the WBA and WBC variations of the 168-pound belt. Alvarez is among those men who constantly considers marriage and taking the most significant battles, so that’s where Plant can be found in.

Alvarez is going to make his compulsory defense versus Avni Yildirim on Feb. 27, then likely will deal with unbeaten WBO champ Billy Joe Saunders in May.

However due to the fact that Plant has a belt, he’s instantly in Alvarez’s sphere.

“As of now, I’m getting more questions about Canelo, but my focus is on Truax,” Plant informed Yahoo Sports by means of Zoom from his house in Henderson, Nevada.

Plant hasn’t been bashful about his objective of unifying the department, which has a great deal of gifted fighters in it. However the battle with Alvarez is the one all of the competitors are striving due to the fact that it brings without a doubt the most cash and the most acknowledgment.

A win over Alvarez by any of the contenders — Plant, Truax, Saunders, David Benavidez, Daniel Jacobs and David Morrell, among others — would vault that fighter into boxing’s stratosphere.

Plant knows that, but he’s also wise enough to understand that a guy like Truax can’t be overlooked. These are the types of bouts that have caused so many talented fighters so many difficulties in the past. Plant is a whopping -3000 favorite at BetMGM, while Truax is +1000.

At 30-1 man-to-man odds, the line is suggesting it’s extremely unlikely that Truax will win. Plant, though, is ignoring that, as he’s wise to do.

“It’s about keeping my eyes on the prize,” Plant said. “That comes in steps. So for me to get where I really want, I have to take it one step at a time and I have to focus on the plate of food that’s in front of me. I can’t be looking down the road or at everyone else’s plate.

“Boxing has been around for a while and there’s a lot of great examples of what to do and what not to do. You can look at those examples and learn from other people’s mistakes without having to go through it the hard way.”

Truax is 37 and doesn’t have a ton of notable victories on his résumé, but that win over DeGale speaks volumes. But he’s 31-4 and his four losses have come to DeGale in the rematch, Daniel Jacobs, Anthony Dirrell and Jermain Taylor, likely the best of the group he’s faced other than Peter Quillin.

The Quillin battle was stopped after two rounds and was a no-decision due to the fact that of a cut Truax suffered from an inadvertent head butt.

Truax has plenty of confidence, however he understands the significance of this moment. Even more than Plant, it’s now or never for him.

“At my age, at 37, there is no telling when I’ll be able to get a world title fight again,” Truax stated. “So I’ve been approaching it as if this is my last shot. I’ve been very focused in camp and just determined to leave it all in the ring and get my belt back.

“I’m going to win because I’m the most experienced and the best fighter that Plant has ever faced. I believe my experience, my pressure, my conditioning and just my determination will be the factor in getting the win and I expect to do so on [Saturday].”

NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 15:  Caleb Plant of United States poses with his championship belt after defeating Vincent Feigenbutz of Germany in their IBF world super middleweight championship bout at Bridgestone Arena on February 15, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Plant defeats Feigenbutz by TKO during the tenth round. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
Caleb Plant positions with his IBF world incredibly middleweight champion belt after beating Vincent Feigenbutz at Bridgestone Arena on Feb. 15, 2020, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Picture by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

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