Plant defeats Truax to keep super middleweight title

Unbeaten Caleb Plant maintained his International Boxing Federation very middleweight crown with a unanimous 12-round choice over previous champ Caleb Truax in an all-American face-off on Saturday.

Plant controlled every round, winning by best overalls of 120-108 on the scorecards of all 3 judges in the match at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, staged without viewers due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I felt like I put on a great performance,” Plant stated. “I didn’t get touched.”

It was the 3rd time Plant safeguarded the title he drew from Venezuela’s Jose Uzcategui in January 2019, the 28-year-old enhancing to 21-0 however dissatisfied he suffered a hand injury in the 4th or 5th round.

“I kind of hurt my hand early in the fight, a little bit hesitant at times,” stated Plant, who had actually been wishing for a knockout victory.

Plant expects a unification match versus Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez, who safeguards the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association titles in February at Miami versus Turkey’s Avni Yilidirim.

“That’s my goal,” Plant stated. “I want to become the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time.

“Whoever remains in the method, you line them up, I’ll knock them down.”

Truax was up to 31-5 with 2 drawn, stopping working to recover the crown.

Truax, 37, beat Britain’s James DeGale as a 50-1 underdog by bulk choice in 2017 at London to take the IBF title however lost it in a 2018 rematch at Las Vegas.

Plant was more aggressive at the start, following strong jabs with a range of fast punches, consisting of a 2 left jabs and an effective right to the head in the 3rd round.

Increasing the pace of the battle in the 4th round, Plant bloodied the opposition’s nose and kept pushing the attack to the surface.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.