Fight Week Preview: Plant vs Truax
By Gary Kittilsen
With big-time boxing still on a hiatus in much of the world due to the COVID-19, one world championship card rolls into the US as “Sweet Hands” Caleb Plant, of Nashville, Tennesse, defends his IBF super-middleweight world title against former 168-pound world champ Caleb Truax in the main event at the Shrine Exposition Center, in Los Angeles, California.
Plant, who is considered a slick boxer and master craftsman in the ring, won his world title back in January of 2019 when he had a career-best performance against Jose Uzcategui, dropping him twice on his way to a lopsided unanimous decision victory.
Traux, held Plant’s IBF title for five months when he shocked James Degale in December of 2017, before losing a rematch in just months later and certainly represents the toughest defense to date for the Tennessean who has had made two successful defenses of his strap against inferior competition most recently against mandatory challenger Vincent Feigenbutzof Germany last February.
Truax last fought in January of 2020, in his home state of Minnesota, when he outpointed a tougher than expected David Basajjamivule over 10-rounds
In the co-main, the New York City vs Philadelphia rivalry is revisited as two undefeated heavyweight prospects put their flawless records on the line.
Native New Yorker Michael “Polite” Coffie 11-0 (8) who is coming off a career-best victory back in November when he a recorded a second-round stoppage of the rugged Joey Abell.
Coffie will take the biggest test of his blossoming career as he battles fellow unbeaten heavyweight prospect, 24-year-old Darmani Rock, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Rock is 17-0 (12) and is currently riding a streak of five consecutive wins by way of knockout. In his most recent outing, Rock fought in his home city and destroyed, Maurenzo Smith in just two rounds.
The undercard features PBC’s two-time prospect of the year. Joey Spencer puts his 11-0 (8) record on the line against the battle-tested, Isiah Seldon who is the son of former WBA heavyweight champ Bruce Seldon.
Spencer has looked lackluster in recent outings having scored just two knockouts in his last five bouts and should be tested by Seldon who has been in the ring with fellow middleweight prospects, Nikita “White Chocolate” Ababiy, and Tyler Howard.
Spencer was highly regarded as a power-punching middleweight but that reputation has come into question with his recent trend of going the distance. Seldon is by far the best opponent the 20-year-old Spencer has faced so far.