Plant beats Uzcategui to win IBF super-middleweight title

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 14, 2019

Uzcategui, meanwhile, remained sharp with a nontitle bout on September 28 in which he soundly outpointed Ezequiel Maderna over 10 rounds.

Caleb Plant claimed the IBF super-middleweight title with a unanimous-decision win over Jose Uzcategui in Los Angeles on Sunday.

On Saturday, both men would make weight with Plant walking in with a almost two pound advantage against Uzcategui, who tipped the scales at 165.2 pounds. "I would love to win a world title and be the first Egyptian win a world championship".

"This is a lifelong dream of mine". This is something that I've always wanted. He showed no ill-effects on this night.

"We were supposed to fight in August. It's been smart work, not only hard work".

Heading into the bout, Plant said he was fighting in memory of his 19-month-old daughter, Alia, who died in 2015. "The trials and tribulations I've gone through to get to this point have been overwhelming at times, but they've only made me stronger", said Plant, knowing that Uzcategui also lost a young daughter to a heart condition. "I've worked hard for this defining moment in my boxing career and I'm going to rise to the occasion, and everyone will hear the words, 'and The new!'"

Venezuelan Jose Uzcategui fights to prove he's worthy of being a world champion while USA challenger Caleb Plant fights in memory of his 19-month-old daughter who died in 2015. Whoever has a belt, I am taking it.

"I don't respect Caleb Plant". My game plan is to break him down and try to catch him and knock him out if I can. The oddsmakers have agreed, installing Uzcategui originally as a large favorite although Plant has pulled much closer to slight underdog status as the fight draws closer.

"This is a great matchup".

Almost five years and 17 fights into his pro career, it's time for unbeaten super middleweight Caleb Plant to find out how good he really is. "On paper at least, it already looks like that". But he'll first need to show the toughness needed in the most hard fight to date against battle-tested IBF titleholder Jose Uzcategui (28-2, 23 KOs). Figueroa told Sporting News after the bout that he's confident in himself and he's ready for a title fight. I promised her that I would become world champion and bring her this title, and that's exactly what I'm going to go back to Tennessee and do. "I believed in myself, and now I've been crowned king".

Gamber is also confident in his pupil. But I think he's tailor-made for Caleb and the hand speed and defense he brings.

"I was easier than I thought it was going to be", said Elbiali.

Uzcategui hopes he won't have to chase after Plant, who likes to use movement to frustrate opponents. My message to Daniel Roman is that I am going to go home and prepare. I feel like I keep getting better with each fight, stronger and wiser in the ring.

"I'm looking forward to this fight a lot and I'm really excited for Sunday. I believe that it's coming soon and this is the kind of fight that I need to prove that I'm ready".

"While I wasn't happy with my performance, it was great to get 12 rounds in, and I've been in the gym since that loss", Flores said. But on Sunday I can show that all the hard work paid off and I am the best. "It's gonna be an all-out war".

A counter left hook in the middle of an exchange dropped an off-balance Uzcategui down in the second-only the third time in his career.

That show is preceded by PBC Prelims on FS1 and FOX Deportes beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT that will see the return of former world champion and pound-for-pound contender Guillermo Rigondeaux against Giovanni Delgado and hard-hitting 2016 Mexican Olympian Lindolfo Delgado in an eight-round super lightweight fight.

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