Apparently, this town wasn’t big enough for two Calebs.
Efforts to squeeze two fights in a three-week have gone awry for Caleb Truax, who will no longer appear on the undercard portion of a February 15 show at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The former super middleweight titlist was due to face Ernest Amuzu (25-5, 22KOs), a 36-year old Ghana product who is based out of Prichard, Alabama who fell out of the bout due to undisclosed reasons.
With it being too late in the promotion to secure a new opponent, Truax (31-4-2, 19KOs) is now left without the opportunity for his second fight of the new year.
The rest of the show remains intact, with Ashland City’s Caleb Plant (19-0, 11KOs) headlining his first-ever in-state appearance in a super middleweight title defense versus Gerrmany’s Vincent Feigenbutz (31-2, 28KOs). The scheduled 12-round title fight airs live atop a Fox televised tripleheader on Saturday beginning 8:00pm ET and 7:00pm locally. Also on the card, welterweights Bryant Perrella (17-2, 14KOs) and Abel Ramos (25-3-2, 19KOs) collide in a 10-round crossroads bout, while Hendersonville’s Austin Dulay (13-1, 10KOs) meets former two-time title challenger Diego Magdaleno (31-3, 13KOs) in a scheduled 10-round lightweight scrap.
Plant will attempt the second defense of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) title which was once held by the division’s “other” Caleb. Minnesota’s Truax scored a career-best win on the road, outpointing James DeGale on the road in Hackney Wick, London, England in December 2017. The title reign was short-lived, as Truax dropped a competitive but clear 12-round decision to DeGale in their April 2018 rematch.
Just three fights have followed, all taking place in Minneapolis where Truax remains a sizeable draw. Among the trio of local appearances was an attempt to return to the title picture. That dream was cut short—literally, when a clash of heads ended an April 2019 IBF title eliminator with former middleweight titlist Peter Quillin after just two rounds.
An injury suffered by Truax killed plans for their scheduled rematch last August. The bout was scrapped altogether as the IBF assigned Feigenbutz as the mandatory challenger, leading to Saturday’s headliner.
Truax managed to make his way back to the ring earlier this year, scoring a 10-round decision over David Basajjamivule this past January in Minneapolis.