Caleb Plant overwhelms Mike Lee with speed and accuracy
Caleb Plant made the first defense of his IBF super middleweight title a successful one by stopping Mike Lee in round three at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV Saturday night.
Plant (19-0, 11 KOs) started fast in the opening round. He used the ring, slipped and moved, and fired combinations. Lee, shorter and slower, pursued, but ate more blows-one of them a swift left hook that deposited him on the seat of his pants. The Notre Dame graduate got up and survived the rest of the round.
In the second stanza, Lee, smiling, tried to catch Plant with a right hand. Plant popped his jab and moved to his left. He cracked Lee (21-1, 11 KOs) with a pretty right to the ribcage. Plant connected with another crisp combination at the bell. Plant set up Lee with jabs in round three.
He floored Lee for the second knockdown of the fight with a clean shot to the ear. Lee pulled himself up and tried to fight back, another shot caused him to the slip to the canvas.
Plant was ready to go home. Seconds later, a cuffing left floored Lee once again. Referee Robert Byrd waved off the bout, much to the dismay of Lee. No problem on my end as Plant was doing pretty much anything he wanted. It would have only gotten worse for Lee.
“I’m not hard to find,” said Plant. “You know who my representative is. Let’s go.”
The time was 1:29 seconds into round three.