Caleb Plant / Vincent Feigenbutz Kick-Off Presser!
(January 16th) Yesterday, undefeated IBF Super Middleweight World Champion Caleb "Sweethands" Plant previewed his homecoming world title defense at a press conference in Nashville Wednesday, as he prepares to take on mandatory challenger Vincent Feigenbutz Saturday, February 15 in the FOXPBC Fight Night main event and on FOX Deportes from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
FOX PBC Fight Night begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and is headlined by IBF Super Middleweight Champion Caleb "Sweethands'' Plant defending his title in a homecoming bout against mandatory challenger Vincent Feigenbutz. Plus, welterweight contenders Bryant "Goodfella" Perrella and Abel Ramos battle in the 10-round co-feature.
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Sweethands Promotion, TGB Promotions and Sauerland Promotions, are on sale today at 5 p.m. CT and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.
Ashland, Tennessee's Plant will bring world championship boxing back to Nashville and fight for the first time as a professional in his home state. Here is what the press conference participants had to say Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena:
"It's great to be back in my hometown and my home city. I'm even more excited to be bringing home a world title and to defend it February 15 at Bridgestone Arena. It's been a dream of mine since as long as I could remember. Since I was a little kid.
"I'm working harder than ever to make sure that I have my hand raised on February 15. I'm looking to do it in spectacular fashion, before the 12th round. This fight is going to end in a knockout on my behalf. I want everyone who's going to be in the building and tuned in to know that this world title is staying right here in Tennessee.
"My dad and I have been going at this for 18 years straight, non-stop. Having this fight has been a dream that I've sacrificed a lot for. It's a dream that on February 15, it won't be spoiled.
"It was a goal to become world champion, but it wasn't the only goal. I think people tend to forget I only have 19 fights. I feel like I just made it to the base of the mountain. Some people when they become champion, they feel like they become the hunted, but that's not the case with me. I'm still hungry. If you're in my way, I suggest you get out of it. Because I won't miss you.
"I've heard Feigenbutz is strong and physical and he thinks he's going to come in and knock me out. Mike Lee thought he was going to knock me out and Jose Uzcategui said he was going to knock me out, but how'd that go for them?
"At the end of the day, boxing is hit and do not get hit. I have plenty of skills to spare. On February 15, I'm not playing with this guy.
"All of these guys think they're going to walk me down and throw more punches than me. But I throw more and land more punches than them. If he thinks he's going to come in here and spoil my plans, I promise you that he's got another thing coming."
"I'm grateful to be here today and blessed to have the opportunity to showcase who I am as a fighter. I'm a fighter who's built on quality over quantity. Nothing has been given to me. I've faced nothing but excellent opposition to this point.
"I eat, sleep and breath boxing. I'm ready for this. I'm a fast, strong and tall fighter, with a high boxing IQ. February 15 I'm coming to dominate. Operation Abel will be unable.
"I have Ramos outmatched at every category and I'm going to dominate. I'm starting hit my stride as a fighter. Everything is coming together mentally and I have an amazing team working with me now. We're just grinding every day and putting it all together to work towards our ultimate goal."
"I'm really thankful to my whole team for making this fight happen and especially to Caleb for paving the way for a fight in Nashville. We've been training really hard and we're training even harder for this fight to put on a show in my hometown.
I know my opponent is going to come ready, we know what he's coming to do. I'm excited for it. I'm going to be ready for anything he brings.
"I can't wait for this fight, put on a great performance and come back to Nashville again in the future for more big fights."
JUSTIN GAMBER, Plant's Co-Trainer
"We are thrilled to come back to Nashville for this fight. It's going to be Caleb's first pro fight in Nashville, and from the moment that we heard first about this, we've been really excited.
"He's had an incredible training camp as always. He's been looking really sharp. Expect an explosive, powerful and better version of 'Sweethands' than you've seen yet. Caleb is always improving and always getting better. He's taking it to another level.
"I've seen Caleb fight as an amateur in Nashville, but to be a part of him doing it in the pros, it's so special for me. Just know that he's going to put on a show. Skills pay the bills and he's got all the skills."
RICHIE PLANT, Plant's Father & Co-Trainer
"We're so glad to be here in this position. As soon as we heard that this was going to be a reality, we were just overjoyed.
"We started here about 18 years ago in boxing. Over the years we've grown, and now we have this amazing boxing team, one that I feel is the best in boxing. We're just getting started. We're excited to put on a show for our hometown and we'll see everyone here on February 15."
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Lightweight Contender & Nashville Native
Austin Dulay Takes on Former Title Challenger
Diego Magdaleno in FOX PBC Fight Night Action,
February 15th from Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.!
Unbeaten Super Middleweight Champion Caleb Plant
Makes Homecoming Title Defense vs Vincent Feigenbutz In the Main Event
(January 15th) Lightweight contender and Nashville native Austin Dulay will fight in front of his hometown crowd when he takes on former title challenger Diego Magdaleno in a 10-round fight that opens FOX PBC Fight Night action and on FOX Deportes Saturday, February 15 from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
Nashville's Dulay (13-1, 10 KOs) has won back-to-back fights by stoppage since his lone pro defeat to top contender Chris Colbert in April 2018. The 24-year-old has fought professionally since 2015 and won his first 11 fights. He most recently scored a TKO victory over Yardley Armenta Cruz in February of last year, and his last time in the ring saw him stop Justin Pauldo in a fight that was later changed to a no contest. He will return to fight in Nashville for the first time since a 2017 victory.
The 33-year-old Magdaleno (31-3, 13 KOs) has twice challenged for a world title and will look for a signature victory on February 15 to get closer to another chance at the belt. The Las Vegas native previously dropped title fights against Roman Martinez and Terry Flanagan. Magdaleno won three straight fights between 2016 and 2018, including a triumph over Art Hovhannisyan, and most recently lost to lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez in February 2019.
Undefeated IBF Super Middleweight Champion
Caleb Plant Defends Title In Homecoming Fight
Against Mandatory Challenger Vincent Feigenbutz Headlining FOX PBC Fight Night Saturday, February 15th LIVE from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee!
Welterweight Contenders Bryant Perrella & Abel Ramos
Square-Off in Co-Feature of Televised Action 8pm ET/5pm PT!
(December 26th) IBF Super Middleweight Champion Caleb "Sweethands'' Plant will defend his title in a homecoming bout against mandatory challenger Vincent Feigenbutz live in primetime in the FOX PBC Fight Night main event and on FOX Deportes Saturday, February 15 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
The broadcast will begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and feature a clash between welterweight contenders as Bryant "Goodfella" Perrella and Abel Ramos battle in the 10-round co-feature.
"We're thrilled that championship boxing is back in Nashville with their homegrown world champion Caleb 'Sweethands' Plant defending his super middleweight title on February 15," said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. "Caleb Plant has made a name for himself as one of the sport's elite fighters and will look to continue solidify his place in the stacked 168-pound division. He'll be facing a hard-hitting fighter in Germany's Vincent Feigenbutz, who is sure to apply the pressure and upset Plant in his hometown. Expect an all action main event live on FOX from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville."
This will be the first time that Plant (19-0, 11 KOs), who was born in Ashland, Tennessee outside of Nashville, will be fighting in his hometown as a pro. He will be making the second defense of the title that he won with a unanimous decision victory over Venezuelan slugger Jose Uzcategui in January. His first title defense saw him dominate and stop then unbeaten Mike Lee in July on FOX.
To win the title, Plant turned the tables on the hard-hitting Uzcategui in their championship fight on FS1. Going into the match the consensus was that Uzcategui was the harder puncher and that Plant would have to withstand his power to walk away with the belt. It was the 27-year-old Plant however, who stunned Uzcategui by dropping him to the canvas twice on the way to a convincing unanimous decision. It was an emotional night for Plant, who now lives and trains in Las Vegas. He had dedicated his championship victory to the memory of his late daughter Alia, who suffered from a rare disorder that caused seizures.
"I'm very excited to bring my world title home to Nashville in my second title defense," said Plant. "It'll be in front of all of my family and friends and I plan to put on a spectacular performance. Vincent Feigenbutz is a very tough, rugged European fighter. He's got a big knockout ratio, but this is my backyard and I will not let any man come in here and rain on my parade. On February 15, I'm representing my hometown and my home city with pride. I believe this will be the first of many fights that we hold at The Bridgestone in Nashville. This fight isn't going 12-rounds. Nashville, stand up!"
The 24-year-old Feigenbutz (31-2, 28 KOs) is known as "The KO King'' and he has been able to live up to that name with a 90% knockout ratio. The German slugger from Karlsruhe, Baden-Wurttemberg will be fighting in the United States for the first time on February 15. He became the youngest German champion ever when he defeated Giovanni de Carolis for the Interim WBA Super Middleweight title at the age of 20 in 2015. He lost the world title rematch with De Carolis, but recovered to win 10 straight since the loss - including nine via stoppage. He is coming in off of an eighth round TKO of previously undefeated over César Núñez in August.
"It has always been my goal to have a big fight like this in the U.S.," said Feigenbutz. "I am not going there to lose. I am coming over to become only the second German boxer, after the legendary Max Schmeling, to win the world title in the U.S. and bring the belt back home to Germany. I hope everyone in my home country will have my back and support me on this journey. For me, Plant is the strongest of all super middleweight world champions. We are the underdog, but we won't make it as easy for Caleb, like in his last fight. We know how difficult a fight on American soil is, so there is only one strategy: Get the knockout!"
The 30-year-old Perrella (17-2, 14 KOs) scored a decision victory over Breidis Prescott and most recently a stoppage of Domonique Dolton in his 2019 campaign, bouncing back from a majority decision loss to former champion Luis Collazo in 2018. Fighting out of Fort Myers, Florida, Perella turned pro in 2012 after an impressive amateur career that included victories over Regis Prograis, Miguel Cruz and Sammy Vásquez. Perrella suffered a 2016 loss to top welterweight Yordenis Ugás that was sandwiched by victories over Alex Martin and then unbeaten David Grayton.
"I'm excited to have the opportunity to showcase my talent," said Perrella. "I have a quality opponent in front of me in Abel Ramos and I'm looking to make a statement on February 15. I'm going to show everyone once again that I'm a serious threat to anyone in the welterweight division.
Fighting out of Casa Grande, Arizona, Ramos (25-3-2, 19 KOs) picked up two victories in 2019, most recently stopping Jimmy Williams in July after defeating veteran contender Francisco Santana on FOX in March. The 28-year-old previously challenged former champions Regis Prograis and Ivan Baranchyk while campaigning at 140-pounds. He brings a seven-fight winning streak into February 15 since a close decision loss in 2018 to contender Jamal James.
"I can't wait to start my year off fight a great fight on FOX," said Ramos. "I know that I have a tough opponent across from me on February 15. I'm here to give a performance that makes me standout in this division. I know that after this fight, everyone will see I'm one of the best welterweights and that I'm going to have a huge 2020."