Plant to defend IBF belt against Truax Jan. 30

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Undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant will defend his belt against former titleholder Caleb Truax on January 30. The bout will headline a Premier Boxing Champions card airing on FOX.

The fight was announced on Wednesday’s PBC broadcast and by Plant on Twitter.

Plant, 28, is undefeated at 20-0 with 12 knockouts, including a stoppage in his most recent contest in February over Vincent Feigenbutz. This will be Plant’s third title defense since winning the gold in January 2019 when he defeated José Uzcátegui.

Plant was twice linked this year to a bout this year with pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez before talks broke down on both occasions. Alvarez faces Callum Smith on Saturday.Plant is #2 in ESPN’s super middleweight rankings.

The 37-year-old Truax looks for a second IBF super middleweight title reign, after his first one was short lived. Truax upset James DeGale in December 2017 to capture the crown via split decision, then fell in the rematch almost four months later.

Truax fought once in 2020, a January victory over David Basajjamivule. The Minnesota native was slated to face Alfredo Angulo in August however was forced to pull out the night prior due to dehydration. Truax is #10 on ESPN’s Super Middleweight ranking

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