Caleb Plant vs Thomas Awimbono & Tugstsogt Nyambayar vs Jhon Gemino
BY KID HERSH
PBC on FS1 from the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, featured Caleb Plant (14-0, 10KO's) vs Thomas Awimbono (25-6-1, 21KO's). First up on the "aftercard" though was Tugstsogt Nyambayar (7-0, 7KO's) vs Jhon Gemino (15-7-1, 7KO's). Flynn Gerald was the referee. In the first round Gemino was very game and landing sporadic punches on "King Tug". Tug looked like he was having some issues figuring out the movement of the active Filipino in front of him. Gemino was having sporadic success until in the third round Tug got more active and at the end of the round landed a flush right hand that put Gemino down. He rose and made it through the remaining seconds of the round but Tug came out with vengeance in the fourth round looking super aggressive as if he may be ending the fight. Lo and behold though Gemino was game tonight and not only held up but fought back in spots and landed some good shots on the heavily favored Olympian from Mongolia. In the sixth round Tug scored two knockdowns from right hands but once again it was Gemino that showed how extremely game he is because he rose and managed to fight off King Tug to get his own little personal win, no matter what happens tonight. he would continue to fight hard, showing amazing effort, but King Tug came out for the knockout in the tenth and final round and got it after a couple more knockdowns. Great showing here for Gemino - yes you read that right. He exposed Tug as still needing lots of work and did himself some real good even though he got dropped five times and stopped in the final round.
Next up was the main event featuring Caleb Plant (14-0, 10KO's) vs Thomas Awimbono (25-6-1, 21KO's). In the first round Plant was showing great movement and his very fast hands were scoring constantly until near the end of the round he landed a left hook that put Awimbono down. It was near the very end of the round so he made it to the second round and recovered. Plant was walking down Awimbono in the coming rounds though, easily picking his spots and tapping with some punches while slamming home power behind others. Plants superior skills and just all around athleticism were really showing in the fourth round as it just looked like a matter of time before he was going to stop his man. At the end of the fourth he landed some power shots in between Awimbono's punches that backed him into a corner and had him buzzed. He made it through the round because yet again there was not much time left in it. Awimbono came out aggressive in the coming rounds, with Plant adjusting and letting Awimbono walk into heavy shots at times while at other times he was simply out maneuvering his man. Plant had a beautiful right hand in the final minute of the sixth round that showed his total domination of the fight. Plant was starting to showboat a bit here and there, even tapping Awimbono's head with his free glove, which was behind his back at one point (prompting a warning from the referee in the sixth round). He was also doing some shuffles at times and really just scientifically picking his man apart in the ring. The interesting part about this fight as it went on is that I disagree with Virgil Hunter and Abner Mares and Brian Kenny who were saying in the eighth round that Plant does not have the skills yet to go to war and get a knockout in this fight. What I see is a very smart tactician that is dominating the fight via a shutout and putting on a show - what's the problem in that? He is completely negating anything that Awimbono does - even when Awimbono super wild and aggressive he is not landing anything and taking punches while looking completely outclassed. Plant was in total control and would go on to win the shutout decision over ten rounds.