Two former champions helm the untelevised undercard of the February 15th Caleb Plant-Vincent Feigenbutz PBC on FOX card in Nashville. U.S. Olympian Rau’shee Warren returns from over a year away to face Gilberto Mendoza, while Caleb Truax faces Ernest Amuzu in the former’s first fight since April.
Warren (16-3, 4 KO) last fought in January of last year, dropping a decision to current division standout Nordine Oubaali on the Pacquiao-Broner card. He’d previously won two straight since a split decision loss to Zhanat Zhakiyanov, and although his ceiling is clearly below the monsters lurking in the bantamweight elite, he’s still a capable and skilled operator.
That’s more than can probably be said about Mendoza (15-7-3, 7 KO), a guy who usually fights four-rounders anywhere from super flyweight to lightweight. He’s a prototypical journeyman whom Warren shouldn’t lose a round against.
Truax (30-4-2, 19 KO), who scored one of the bigger upsets of the ‘10s when he took a majority decision over James DeGale in 2017, had something of a cursed 2019. His April clash with Peter Quillin ended after two rounds after a headbutt-caused cut, then the rematch collapsed 10 days before fight night thanks to Truax’s busted Achilles tendon.
Amuzu (25-5, 22 KO) is here to to ease “Golden” back into action. The Ghana-born Alabaman has one (1) win over someone with a winning record and losses to the likes of Vijender Singh and, most recently Ievgen Khytrov.
Said winning record guy is now in the midst of a 24-fight losing streak, by the way.
In addition to the main event, the FOX broadcast features Bryant Perella vs. Abel Ramos and Austin Dulay vs. Diego Magdaleno.