- The Las Vegas SuperBook received a $285K bet on Caleb Plant at 50-1 odds on Saturday.
- Plant went on to defeat Caleb Truax via lopsided 120-108 scores across all scorecards.
- “Sweet Hands” could face Canelo Alvarez for the undisputed 168-pound title later this year.
Caleb Plant was a massive 50-1 betting underdog in his title defense against Caleb Truax on Saturday night. But that didn’t prevent sports bettors from risking big bucks on the reigning IBF super middleweight champion.
Just before fight night, the Las Vegas SuperBook sportsbook received a $285K wager on Plant to beat Truax.
Someone just bet $285,000 at the @SuperBookSports that Caleb Plant will beat Caleb Truax tonight.
If it happens, bettor nets…wait for it…$5,700!
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 30, 2021
That bet yielded just $5,700 in profit and paid out only $290,700 for the bettor. Some internet folks called the bet “dumb”, while others labeled it as “terrible”. Obviously, that bettor had money to spare or he is a die-hard Caleb Plant fan, if those exist. Regardless, $5K is $5K and Caleb Plant was so heavily favored, that there was little chance he’d end up getting upset. Still, that was a huge calculated risk, but isn’t that what gambling is about?
Massive Betting Favorite
A bettor @SuperBookSports just dropped $285K on Caleb Plant for tonight’s fight vs. Caleb Truax ?
(via @golfodds) pic.twitter.com/iDSyN9htqT
— br_betting (@br_betting) January 30, 2021
The best boxing betting sites were unanimous in installing the champion as a massive betting favorite against Truax. Plant entered Saturday with an undefeated 20-0 record with 12 knockouts. The 28-year old from Ashland City, Tennessee was making the third defense of the belt he won over Jose Uzacategui in January 2019.
Truax brought with him a 31-4-2 record with 19 knockouts and while he was worthy of challenging for Plant’s title, he was on the wrong side of him prime at the age of 37. Despite being up there in age, Truax was merely three fights removed from holding the world title. However, the challenger could not match the hand speed of the champion.
Plant Was Very Elusive
Truax: I Was Never Buzzed or Hurt, Caleb Plant Was Very Elusive https://t.co/K6mshcEQw8 pic.twitter.com/qWjOtotKnP
— BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) January 31, 2021
Plant used his movement and ability to evade punches to frustrate Truax and the challenger himself admitted that after the fight. The champion pummeled Truax with a consistent jab while mixing his punches with sweet combinations. Truax was simply outclassed and landed only a total of 10 punches through three rounds. Plant opened a cut on Truax’s face in the 4th round and dominated the fight from start to finish.
All three judges scored the bout 112-108 in favor of the champion and they was no doubt that it was a shutout win for Plant. The champion out-landed his challenger 179 to 47 in total punches landed, including a lopsided 124-25 difference in power punches connected. Plant threw nearly 200 more total punches and his volume proved to be a big factor in the bout.
The Champ shows us why they call him SWEETHANDS @SweetHandsPlant ?⚡️. #PlantTruax #PBConFOX pic.twitter.com/EwGnUVEEJW
— Premier Boxing Champions (@premierboxing) January 31, 2021
The IBF champion will need that elusiveness and his “sweet hands” if he is to defeat Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is a highly-anticipated super middleweight showdown. Alvarez is on a mission to unify boxing’s 168-pound division and he has started by collecting the WBA and WBC titles. The Mexican is a heavy -4000 odds on favorite at BetOnline to defeat mandatory challenger Avni Yidirim next month.
Should Alvarez be successful against Yildirim, Canelo will fight again during the Cinco de Mayo weekend for a three-belt unification with WBO champion Billie Joe Saunders. The Mexican is also a heavy -500 betting favorite to beat Saunders. Again, if Alvarez wins that fight and becomes a three-belt champion, a bout with Plant to crown an undisputed 168-pound king in boxing will likely be next.