Last Saturday night, IBF Super Middleweight World Champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (19-0, 11KOs) retained his title with a third round TKO victory over previously undefeated Mike Lee (21-1, 11KOs). Plant and Lee exchanged a lot trash talk leading up to the fight. Plant promised the fight wouldn’t last 12 rounds and he kept his word.
Plant knocked down his opponent in the opening round with a left hook and demolished him in the third round. He first knocked him down with a right hook and then smelling blood in the water, Plant charged forward and landed a vicious left hook that put Lee down again Referee Robert Byrd then waived off the fight. Caleb Plant’s hand speed and technique proved to be the difference maker and was too much for Mike Lee to overcome. It seemed Lee’s game plan was to charge in and try and bully his opponent, but Plant was slick and avoided wide hooks that Lee was throwing. At the end of the day, Plant was sharp and accurate. Lee looked sloppy at times and just didn’t belong.
So what’s next for Caleb Plant? Most boxing fans would love to see him fight the winner of the fight between WBC Super Middleweight Champion Anthony Dirrell (33-1-1, 24KOs) and David Benavidez (21-0, 18KOs). I think most people would pick Benavidez to win that one. With his combination of size, power and speed, it would make for a most interesting match-up stylistically against Plant. Super Middleweight also has WBA champ Callum Smith (26-0, 19KOs) and WBO champ Billy Joe Saunders (28-0, 13KOs). The 168lbs division is very deep with talent right now. It also has Chris Eubank Jr. (28-2, 21KOs), who recently sent former champion James DeGale (25-3-1, 15KOs) into retirement. Plant and Benavidez have been calling each other out since 2017, so that’s the most likely fight to be made. It would be a huge fight for the super middleweight division. It would likely be for the WBC/IBF unification, assuming Benavidez takes care of business in his upcoming bout against Dirrell. EightCount.tv will be keeping a close eye and will report on further updates.
Can Caleb Plant forge his path to greatness? Can he clean out the super middleweight division? It’s entirely possible. He is definitely the most technical boxer at 168lbs – he’s ultra fast, has very good footwork, and has a high ring IQ. He has all the tools to take over the division. We can’t crown him just yet, but he sure does seem like he’s well on his way. We can’t wait to see how it turns out for him.