It’s been a week since IBF World champion Caleb Plant’s wide unanimous decision victory over Caleb Truax. Though I’m still unsure on how to assess his performance, it’s time to look at what could be next for Sweethands.
This is probably the article that I should’ve wrote a week ago when I decided to have a day off but hey ho. Caleb Plant’s victory should’ve been kept fresh in our minds, after all – he’s hunting for a fight with Mexican superstar Canelo, so a KO victory over Truax would’ve been ideal and sent the right message. However, with the hand injury he suffered I gave him some leeway. Then Graham Houston put it perfectly:
Sometimes we get a bit carried away with what the bookies predict to happen, and it sways us from knowing how that fighter operates. We expect something to happen so much that we’re convinced it will happen – judgement can often be clouded.
During last week’s fight night I was impressed at first by Plant, he seemed in complete control and I thought the fight might end around rounds 7-9. I deleted my series of “Plant would be a good opponent for Canelo” tweets after round nine. He looked comfortable in there and refused to step it up and force a stoppage in my eyes. He can’t do that against an elite fighter like Canelo, he’d get mauled to bits.
What would prepare him well in the meantime is a fight against Daniel Jacobs. The former IBF World 160lbs champion is in a search for his defining fight at 168lbs. His last outing against Gabriel Rosado did not impress, and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. before that even less – although the latter not really being his fault.
Jacobs gives his opponents something to think about, applying pressure and switching up combinations as we have seen in the past. It’s that little push that Plant might need to produce a career best performance.
We know by now that Canelo is fighting Billy Joe Saunders in May, so whilst that happens Plant-Jacobs is a perfectly logical fight to make. I haven’t seen either guy in a decent fight for a while and I believe this matchup, although technical will spark a few fireworks. It’s a real 50/50 and would be the best name on Plant’s resume so far. For Daniel Jacobs, it could be the rebirth of his career at 168lbs that he’s looking for. The added incentive of becoming a two-weight World champion means we have to believe motivation would not be an issue here.
I think Plant needs another fight before Canelo, even if his team may see it as a risk. I just don’t want to see him against another Mike Lee.