Caleb "sweet hands" Plant (19-0) is making the 2nd defense of his IBF super middleweight title he won when he upset Jose Uzcategui around a year ago. After that he stopped unbeaten but overmatched Mike Lee in 3 rounds. Vincent Feigenbutz (31-2) from Germany is a young and fairly unexperienced fighter at the top level despite his nice resumé. The best opponent he has faced is Ryno Liebenberg around 2 years ago and he struggled badly until the fight got stopped due to a cut on Liebenberg and Feigenbutz was awarded the tko victory. The cut might even have happened by a clash of heads which would have made them go to the scorecards but it wasn´t ruled like that. Feigenbutz got the hometown treatment. But really he was having a very difficult fight with Liebenberg that night. Since then, his management stopped matching him against tough opposition, probably knowing that he really needed more time to develop. He has won 3 fights in a row and is now given a shot at the IBF title. Feigenbutz has a high knockout perncentage, but that is against who he has been fighting, which in this case have been guys that aren´t very good to say the least. It is always important when examing a fighter´s knockout ratio to look at the level of their opponents. Feigenbutz does however look physically strong but to his detriment, he always looks painfully slow with his hands and feet.
One of Caleb Plant´s best attributes is his handspeed and when you compare it to that of Feigenbutz there is a very wide gap. Plant is very, very fast and Feigenbutz very slow and this will lead to Caleb Plant hitting him cleanly very often in this fight. Feigenbutz will try hard as this is his first shot at a grand title but he will be beaten to the punch every time. Plant is not the biggest puncher, but he punches hard enough and with good accuracy and we see him landing hard enough and often enough to force a stoppage of Feigenbutz so the pick is Caleb Plant to win by ko/tko.
The Pick: Caleb Plant by ko/tko
Odds: -300 (1.33 decimal odds)
Start time: 9pm ET / 6pm PT