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Caleb Plant to defend IBF title against Vincent Feigenbutz in Nashville, Feb. 15

Feigenbutz is the IBF mandatory challenger.

Caleb Plant v Mike Lee Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

IBF super middleweight titleholder Caleb Plant’s next fight is fully set, as he’ll make a defense against mandatory challenger Vincent Feigenbutz in a FOX main event on Feb. 15 in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.

Plant (19-0, 11 KO) won the belt in January of this year by outpointing Jose Uzcategui over 12 rounds on FS1, then returned on July 20 in Las Vegas, headlining the FOX prelims before the Pacquiao-Thurman pay-per-view. That night he predictably demolished laughably overmatched Mike Lee inside three rounds.

The 27-year-old “Sweethands” is looking forward to the homecoming, which will be his first professional fight in his hometown or home state.

“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 Feb. 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!”

Feigenbutz (31-2, 28 KO) does have a good KO percentage, and the 24-year-old German has won 10 in a row. But he’s also been stopped by the likes of Giovanni de Carolis and a guy who never went anywhere named Roman Javoev. Plant is a huge step up for Feigenbutz, whose mandatory status is questionable at best.

“It has always been my goal to have a big fight like this in the US,” 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 US 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 show will also feature a 10-round welterweight bout between Bryant Perrella (17-2, 14 KO) and Abel Ramos (25-3-2, 19 KO).

Perrella, 30, is a former prospect who was derailed in 2016, losing via fourth round TKO to Yordenis Ugas, and he also dropped a majority decision to Luis Collazo in 2018. The 26-year-old Ramos has won seven in a row since a majority decision loss to Jamal James in 2018. His other two losses came at 140 pounds, to Regis Prograis and Ivan Baranchyk, who both went on to win world titles.

“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 Feb. 15. I’m going to show everyone once again that I’m a serious threat to anyone in the welterweight division.”

“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 Feb. 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.”

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