Plant stops Feigenbutz, retains IBF 168lb title

Photos: Sumio Yamada

IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant (20-0, 12 KOs) scored a one-sided tenth round TKO over mandatory challenger Vincent Feigenbutz (31-3, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
Plant Feigenbutz
40:1 favorite Plant dominated from the opening bell and progressively broke down Feigenbutz until the bout was waved off by referee Malik Waleed at 2:23 of round ten.

“I felt great out there,” said Plant. “I was relaxed and sharp. I told you I was going to stop this before the 12th round. I want to dedicate this to my daughter, to my mother, my grandfather and the whole city of Nashville.”

The champion also stated his desire to unify versus unbeaten WBC counterpart and rival, David Benavidez.

“Everyone knows I want that unification fight with David Benavidez,” Plant stated. “You know who the best 168-pounder is. If you want that, you’ve got to come see me. I want that fight; I’ve been asking for it and I’m tired of waiting!”

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    • Benavidez has beaten a washed up dirrell (the fall-down family) plus a shop worn Porky. Gavril x2? Benavidez is going to get his ass WHOOPED by Plant. Benedicto has the fear in his heart, that is why he is projecting it to Plant. Benevicto is one dimension and will get his skull crakked.

    • Plant looked very confident from the get-go. However, his bigger-size advantage boosted his fighting arsenal as one key ingredient in winning. Plant seems to get comfortable with guys fighting right in front of him and not at angles. I am not sure this tactic would work for every opponent as he progresses to bigger and better fighters. I guess we will see in the future.

  • It may be time for Plant to step up now. After all he’s a defending world champion fighting domestic level bums.

  • That’s the sharpest Plant I have ever seen. I would have picked David Benavidez a year or so ago, but Plant is extremely mobile and Benavidez isn’t. Both have fast hands and both throw punches in combination. However, Plant has taken that combination punching to a higher level. His arsenal of punches is just phenomenal. I give the edge to Plant at this point.

    • You’re are correct. Plant took his performance to a whole new level. His jab, speed, combos, not to mention his mechanics were I.M.O the best i’ve seen in this division. He is also developing giving angles, and that is a very important part of the package. Some of those combos he was throwing were very accurate and extremely fast. I do not see anyone at 168lbs beating him. And the announcers happened to mention Canelo, UNLESS Dlh buys more judges and fixes that fight, he has 2 chances against Plant, SLIM and NONE. Plant now needs to stay active because we’re looking at a new P4P entry.

  • This fight kind of didnt prove much and may have done damage to plants image.. Now this is MERELY MY OPINION. I think VF is not on Plants level by any means and it showed the entire fight. But going 10 rounds with a guy standing in front of you that is one dimensional says 1 of 2 things. Either plant can’t finish a guy standing right in front of him for 10 rounds.. Or VF’s beard is just that good.. Either way.. I dont think this outcome does much to raise Plant’s stock. I think hes a great fighter but this fight proved nothing by going 10 rounds. Again, this is merely my opinion.

    • I don’t think the Germans beard is that good considering he got stopped by an Italian journeyman earlier in his career. Plant doesn’t have any power at all and just looks good because he fights bums.

  • I discussed this fight with my friend Roy D Mercer this morning and he seems to think that Plant rises to the occasion….So bring on the others!!

    • Who would you pick in a fight against Plant and Roy D? Plant might get intimidated by Roy’s aura and pull out of the fight 🙂

  • I tried to watch this fight last night. I was working, and tried to record it with my hulu, but somehow only got the earlier matches, won’t go into detail, as I even tried to record the show afterwards, which was news but did not work. I don’t think I missed much though. the real crime here though is the IBF. How they could list Feigenbutz as number one contender, and a mandatory is a real question. Also it shows the decline of Germany, which some 15 years ago was a bigger boxing market than Great Britain, with a few holding (though questionable) world titles. that it was also not held in Germany, and recent German based boxers having to go overseas for bigger matches also shows a decline in the domestic market for boxing in Germany.

    • Germany as a nation has declined. Not just its boxing market. It’s the leadership that wants to destroy the country itself.

      • I have to agree with you Chris on many levels here. I think the biggest mistake that German promoters made was with Gennady Glolovkin, when he felt he was being pushed aside and decided to go to the United States. Before that many of the Eastern Europeans were not headed for the United States, but Germany. Which at the time was able to pay well, and helped those boxers through many different ways to become champions (deserving or not) Now most to the good Soviet type countries go to Untied States. Also before that there were the East German fighters like Henry Maske. Don’t forget that during the late 70’s to early 80’s, not much was going on with German Boxing. fall of communism was a big boost. I could see that there was something wrong when Marco Huck defended his title in the United States against the Polish fighter who stopped him.

  • Plant is the man to destroy all comers. He’s flashy he’s a good boxer and most importantly he’s a good looking hunk that will remain champion for a long time

    • Plant gets stopped by Callum Smith and David Benavides. Billy Joe Saunders beats him on points.

  • Is it just me or is there something about Plant that makes me want to see him get his ass kicked? He’s proving the old adage true that fighters become better after they win the title. He’s looked pretty spectacular so far fighting 2nd tier competition, interesting to see how he handles better competition.

    • He can’t fight going backwards, and I’ll bet he folds when pressured. Benavidez or Callum will walk him down because he won’t be able to stop either of them.

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