By: Ken Hissner
In a sport that has so many prospects than never pan out Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant, 15-0 (10), from Ashland City, Nashville, TN, and now out of Las Vegas, NV, is the real deal and not only can he fight but he’s a thinking boxer!
Plant was one of many signed by Al Haymon to manage his career. Plant’s is coached by Justin Gamber with Caleb’s father Richie as his assistant coach. He started boxing at the age of 12 which is half of his life being 24 that he has been in the sport of “hard knocks”.
By the age of 18 Plant placed fourth in the 2010 USA Boxing National Championship. The next year in 2011 Plant defeated Sean Daniels (NJ), Craig Duncan (FL) now 6-1-1, Cory Richards (TX) and Jerry Odom (DC) now 14-2-1. This won him the 2011 National Golden Gloves at 178 pounds. Dropping down to 165 pounds the following year plant defeated Oliver Rivera (Omaha) but lost to southpaw Chris Galeano (NY), now 10-1-1 as a pro.
Plant has fought in Pennsylvania 5 times which is the most of the states he has participated in. Marshall Kaufman’s Kings Promotions out of Reading, Pennsylvania. His partner is David Feldman. Plant has fought out of the country once and that was in Canada. Of his 14 opponents 9 had winning records and 3 even records.
This writer covered all of his 5 fights in PA. He is a “thinking man’s” boxer. He isn’t one to come out looking for a knockout but waits until an opponent is hurt and ready to be taken. He has a very good defense with those “Sweet Hands” of his.
Plant debuted in May of 2014 and won 5 fights that year. In his ninth fight he stopped Hungarian Zoltan Sera, 20-5, in Montreal who had defeated 3 unbeaten opponents. In October of 2015 he defeated Philly’s Tyrone Brunson, 22-5-1, who had 21 knockouts. That made Plant 6-0 in 2015 after going 5-0 in eight months in 2014. In his next fight in January of this year he stopped Spain’s Adasat Rodriguez, 11-4-2, in L.A. In June he returned to the Sands in Bethlehem, PA, for his last 2 fights knocking out Colombian Carlos “Galvan, 12-4-1, who had lost a pair of split decisions to Javone Starks, then 12-0 and Immanuwel Aleem, 14-0. In his last fight in the main event he defeated Colombian Juan “La Amenaza” De Angel, 18-4-1, with 17 knockouts over 10 rounds on SPIKE. All 3 judges scored it 100-89 which included a knockdown. De Angel had won 9 of his last 10 fights.
In Plant’s last fight in February of 2017 he decisioned Ghana’s Thomas Awimbono, 25-6-1, living in the Bronx, NY, at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL. His next match is on September 8th against Mexico’s Alan Campa, 16-3-11, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. He is the co-feature on the vacant WBC World Super Welterweight title fight between David Benavidez and Ronald Gavril.
This writer expects good things from Plant who I have briefly talked to after a couple of his fights. Since the Boxing Director in PA doesn’t allow you to go into the dressing room prior to or after a fight you hope to get some comments before they reach the dressing room.
Plant has worlds of talent and Al Haymon keeps him busy with promoters like Kings Promotion’s Marshall Kauffman and David Feldman.
KEN HISSNER: You seem to have a good relationship with your father. Did he train you in the amateurs?
CALEB PLANT: Yes my dad trained me my entire amateur career.
KEN HISSNER: What would it be like to be the first world champion from Tennessee?
CALEB PLANT: It would be a huge blessing to see me and my team’s hard work pay off.
KEN HISSNER: When did you sign with Al Haymon?
CALEB PLANT: I signed with Al Haymon the beginning of May in 2014.
KEN HISSNER: I know you haven’t boxed in Tennessee but they only had one show in 2015 and 3 in 2014 all in Nashville. Would you like to box at home?
CALEB PLANT: Yeah, it would be an honor to fight in Tennessee when the time is right.
KEN HISSNER: You won a National Golden Gloves title at 178 in 2011 before dropping down to 168 the following year. You have maintained that weight as a professional. Do you have any problem making weight?
CALEB PLANT: No it’s not too hard as long as I train and eat right.
KEN HISSNER: What made you want to move to Las Vegas?
CALEB PLANT: To better my personal life and expand my professional career.
KEN HISSNER: I want to thank for taking the time to answer questions. I look forward to seeing you fight in Pennsylvania in the future.
CALEB PLANT: Thank you and that would be nice.