Super sharp Caleb Plant takes care of business
Home sweet home.
Nashville native and IBF super middleweight champion Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant stopped overmatched challenger Vincent Feigenbutz in round 10 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. Saturday night.
The time was 2:23.
In the opening stanza, the taller and faster Plant (20-0, 12 KOs) used movement and quickness to tattoo Feigenbutz with punches. Feigenbutz, the mandatory challenger from Karlsruhe, Germany, pursed Plant but didn’t do much.
Feigenbutz, fighting in the United States for the first time in his career, tried to force the action in round two, but ate a sharp combination. Plant went to the head and body. Seconds later, another combo seemed to hurt Feigenbutz - who went back to his corner with a blood nose. Plant let his fast hands go in round three. A hard right stopped Feigenbutz in his tracks. Feigenbutz jumped in with left. Plant connected with an uppercut.
Plant stayed active in round four. His jab couldn’t miss. A one-two landed. Feigenbutz was showing courage and a good chin. Plant stepped in with a three-punch combination. Round five was more of the same.
Feigenbutz was sturdy but slow. Plant continued to mix up his punches. Feigenbutz touched Plant with a jab. Plant landed a check hook.
Feigenbutz forced Plant into the ropes in round six and unloaded. Plant blocked most of the blows and spun away. In the last minute of the heat, Plant connected with four shots to the body and head. Plant went to the body in round seven. Feigenbutz landed a solid jab and bodyshot. The defending champion connected with two left uppercuts.
Plant used more lateral movement in rounds eight. He jabbed, and jabbed. An inside shot found pay dirt. Plant ran into a left hook but made Feigenbutz pay. Plant came out firing in round nine. A number of shots snapped back the head of Feigenbutz. The German fighter was hurt, but punched back. Plant connected with shots at will in round 10. A left jarred Feigenbutz. Seconds later, Plant landed half a dozen blows to the head, stopping only when the referee jumped in and waved the fight off.
“I felt great,” said Plant. “I was relaxed and sharp.”