By Ryan Burton
Caleb Plant (18-0) will make the first defense of his IBF super middleweight title on Saturday against veteran light heavyweight Mike Lee (21-0). The fight will headline a free-to-air broadcast on FOX that will serve as the lead in to the Manny Pacquiao-Keith Thurman pay-per-view event that will begin at 6pm pacific.
The 27-year-old Plant captured his world title in January with a dominant unanimous decision victory over Jose Uzcategui.
Most champions have a target on their back after winning their titles but Plant said that he still feels like the hunter and not the hunted.
“No, I am not. I am still the hunter. Most people I guess when they get in this position they feel like they are the hunted but I am still hunting. I am just getting started. I don’t feel like I am the hunter. I am still looking for prey,” Plant told BoxingScene.com. "It was a goal to become world champion and not the goal."
Lee has campaigned at or above the light heavyweight weight limit for the entirety of his career. He will also be taking a huge step up in class against Plant.
That step up in class may be even bigger because Plant said that he is a better fighter now than he was before the Uzcategui fight.
“Absolutely. The confidence and just my ability in general from both an offensive and defensive standpoint. My confidence and everything is better. I got a hold of it and I just felt like I want to take it to another level,” Plant stated.
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