Mike Lee’s Prediction For July 20th Fights Vs. Caleb Plant: “And New!”


Mike Lee tells me he really doesn’t get yanked into the negativity that comprises so much of the social media sphere. If he bothered, the Chicago boxer would be seeing tons of folks thinking that the Subway slugger–yeah, they sometimes bust on that–is a severe underdog on July 20 when he meets IBF super middleweight champ Caleb Plant.

Plant is 18-0 and has in the last year or so blasted himself onto radar screens. His intensity has stood out in the lead up to this fight, and he has a growing fan base who root for his success, being that he’s dealt with a good deal of hardship. Lee, in a chat with Everlast “Talbox” this week, sounded determined, sounded confident, and like he’d give a quite solid account of himself in Vegas, on that Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman undercard.

Mike Lee fights IBF 168 champ Caleb Lee on July 20, 2019, in Las Vegas.

Mike Lee fights IBF 168 champ Caleb Lee on July 20, 2019, in Las Vegas.


Lee shared that his camp in Cali is going real well, and he feels strong and ready to rumble in this 168 scrap. Lee debuted in 2010, and not long after found notoriety when he appeared in Subway TV commercials. No longer; they aren’t using athletes anymore. But his fighting career, after dealing for two years with an auto-immune condition, is reaching an apex. So no, he’s not letting social media nit-pickers get to him. “Really the only opinion I care about is my own, and that’s why we took this fight, because I knew I could win this fight. Regardless what everybody says, even what he says, all I know is that when I have the best Mike Lee show up, I win this fight, without a doubt. And that’s exactly what’s gonna happen!”

He had said that same thing to Tom Gerbasi, and we delved in more. How likely are we to see that “best Lee?”

Lee, who’s been fighting at 175,  said that that it’s now mostly mental, because they’ve done the hard work. Stay loose, have fun, he said. He’s been on big stages, and so there won’t be pressure getting to him.

I told Lee, I think Plant is solid, so, has he been prepped properly, to this point…has he been in tough enough so that Plant won’t seem a big jump? He turned that question around–Plant hasn’t been with anyone like ME, Lee said.

“Styles make fights,” and he likes how his style matches with Plant’s. He’s stronger, punches harder, he thinks, than people Plant has met.

And oh yes, that Subway part of his life….He doesn’t do those commercials, and no, he doesn’t boycott the product because they no longer features athletes.

He’s also identified with Notre Dame and he appreciates the support as an alumnus. “That will be important to me long after boxing,” he stated.

More from Lee–he’s won seven fights since being diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder but he understands that nothing comes without real hard work. So, yes, Plant has battled back from rough stuff, but Lee hasn’t been served up everything on that silver platter, is the message.

Finally, his prediction for Plant vs Lee, July 20…

“And new,” he said. “And new. That’s all I gotta say.”


Manny Robles, trainer to Andy Ruiz, also guests on the latest “Talkbox,” along with Lee, Saul “Neno” Rodriguez, and Mark Fratto. 

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