TGB Promotions – Tom Brown, Sweethands Boxing and Premier Boxing Champions at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, CA, Saturday night presented IBF Super Middleweight champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant defending his title scoring a shutout against former IBF champion and top ranked Caleb “Golden” Truax, over USA FOX.
In the Main Event IBF Super Middleweight champ “Sweethands” Caleb Plant, 21-0 (12), #167.8, of Las Vegas, NV, and from Nashville, TN, easily defeated Caleb “Golden” Truax, 31-5-2 (19), #167.8, of Osseo, MN, over 12 rounds.
In the first round Plant came out with a solid jab while Truax was the aggressor for the most part. Plant fought smartly and ended the round with a 3-punch combination and enough to take the round. In the second round Plant worked the body of Truax. In the final seconds of the round Plant landed a solid left hook on the chin of Truax that showed a delay wobble to his legs. In the third round at the midway point Plant landed a double left hook to the body of Truax.
In the fourth round Plant drew blood from the nose of Truax. In the final seconds of the round Truax landed his best punch a right uppercut to the chin of Plant who otherwise continued to dominate the fight with his quickness. In the sixth round Plant had the nose of Truax bleeding more freely for most of the round.
In the seventh round at the midway point Plant started putting more power punches on Truax. In the ninth round Truax was able to get in a rare right on the chin of Plant late in the round after being outsmarted and outpunched by Plant up to that point. In the tenth round Plant continued to dominate and ended up strong with a right to the chin on Truax. In the twelfth and final round Plant continued to impress against the game 37 year old Truax who may have not won a round.
Referee was Jerry Cantu. Judges scores were Max DeLuca, Lou Moret and Zachary Young along with this writer 120-108.
“I kind of hurt my hand early in the fight in the fourth or fifth round and thought I won the fight. No matter who they put in front of me in order to be the first super middleweight to be undisputed,” said Plant.
Heavyweight Michael Polite Coffie, 12-0 (9), #270.2, of Orlando, FL, formerly of Brooklyn, NY, knocked out “Rock Solid” Darmani Rock, 17-1 (12), #261, of Philadelphia, PA, at 0:59 of the third of a scheduled 10.
In the first round Rock used an effective jab but Coffie who started as a southpaw for the first minute was a little busier. In the second round Coffie landed a combination to the mid-section causing Rock to clinch. A right from Coffie on the beltline that referee Jack Reiss called a low punch put Rock down to a knee. After getting up Rock did a lot of holding. In the third round Rock pushed Coffie against the ropes but got hit with a left uppercut on the chin that dropped him for an 8-count. Coffie was on him immediately landing a left hook to the temple dropping him for the count of referee Reiss.
“In the first round my trainer said he shuffled his feet so I adjusted to it later and used my speed. (He answered a question and said) I ate 3 pieces of pineapple and a quart of water coming into the ring. I want whatever it takes to get to the title. I want to thank Al Haymon and my sponsor Smart Phones,” said Coffie. He never started boxing until age 29 while serving in the Marine Corp for 8 years. On the other hand Rock had a very good amateur career.
Welterweight former IBF Super Feather and IBF Lightweight champ “Kid Blast” Rance Bartelemy, 28-1-1 (14), #142.8, of Cuba and Las Vegas, NV, easily defeated southpaw All “The Machine Gun” Rivera, 21-5 (18), #143.2, of Santa Rosa City, PH, over 10 rounds.
From rounds one through eight Rivera chased and Bartelemy countered in taking most of the rounds that way.
In the ninth round Bartelemy countered well as Rivera continued stalking him. In the first minute of the tenth and final round coming inside Bartelemy was outworked but got the best of Rivera the rest of the round.
Scores were judges Zachary Young 97-93, Max DeLuca 100-90 and Lou Moret 99-91. Referee was Jack Reiss.
Middleweight Joey “The Small Town Soldier” Spencer, 12-0 (9), #158, of Union City, CA, impressed in stopping Isaiah “Zoo” Seldon, 14-4-1 (5), #156 1/2, of Somers Point, NJ, at 2:15 of the first round after a pair of knockdowns, in a scheduled 8 rounds.
In the first round a right from Spencer on the chin of Seldon and down he went for an 8-count by referee Jerry Cantu. Seldon got up and got into a clinch and got behind Spencer and hit him twice in the back of the head intentionally losing two points. Spencer again dropped Seldon with a right on the head causing referee Cantu to immediately wave it off without a count that looked like it was a quick stoppage. Seldon got up possibly five seconds after hitting the canvas and complained about the stoppage. Seldon is the younger brother of former WBA heavyweight champion Bruce “The Atlantic City Express” Seldon.
“I’m an intense fighter. He said during the week he was going to rough me up. With those behind the head shots it wasn’t going to happen. I’m getting stronger and expected it to happen the way it did. I want to thank my trainer and Al Haymon as well,” said Spencer.
Middleweight Brandyn “Bad News” Lynch, 10-1-1 (8), #158 1/4, of L.A., CA, ended in a split draw with Mark Anthony “Madman” Hernandez, 14-4-2 (3), #160, of Fresno, CA, over 8 rounds.
Referee Jerry Cantu. Judges scores were Sergio Caiz 76-76, Max DeLuca 74-78 and Ivan Guillermo 77-75.
Light Heavyweight southpaw Atif Oberlton, 1-0 (1), #177 1/2, of Philadelphia, PA, impressed knocking out Nathan Davis Sharp, 4-3 (4), #177 1/2, of Merced, CA, at 0:48 of the third round of a scheduled 4 rounds.
In the third round Philly’s Oberlton knocked Sharp down as referee Sharon Sands counted him out. Oberlton had a good amateur career.
Brian Kenny and Shawn Porter did the commentating while Jimmy Lennon, Jr. was the ring announcer.