Caleb “Sweethands” Plant Captures the IBF Title in a War with Jose Uzcategui
January 13, 2019
Anthony Saldana (93 articles)
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Caleb “Sweethands” Plant Captures the IBF Title in a War with Jose Uzcategui

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

 

Sunday evening in Los Angeles, California, Premier Boxing Champions brought fight fans a televised world championship bout that was headlined by undefeated Super Middleweight contender Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (17-0, 10 KO’s) as he stepped into the ring for the highly anticipated world title bout against the IBF Super Middleweight Champion Jose Uzcategui (28-2, 23 KO’s). Uzcategui who was making the first defense of his title came into the fight a 3-1 favorite, but Plant the Tennessee native, who now lives and trains in Las Vegas looked to silence the critics and oddsmakers. In the first round Plant boxed beautifully, used solid defense and excellent counter shots to out point Uzcategui. Then to open up the second round Plant caught Uzcategui with a quick counter left on the chin that dropped Uzcategui, in what seemed to be more of a flash knockdown. Uzcategui would easily beat the count and eventually begin to cut off the ring as the fight progressed. To start fourth round Plant would develop a cut over his right eye during a heated exchange that would end with short left hook that landed solid on the chin of Uzcategui dropping him for the second time in the bout. In the middle rounds is was if Uzcategui could feel the title slipping from his reigns and began to apply more pressure turning the fight into a war of attrition. Uzcategui would begin to take rounds from Plant who continued to rely on his defense and counterpunching to get him through the fight. It was in the ninth round when both fighters would land solid uppercuts and combinations on each other but it was Uzcategui who would get the better of the exchanges hurting Plant. Plant would hold on to survive the round but in the tenth round would continue to be on the short end of the exchanges as both fighters stood toe to toe in this hotly contested battle. The championship rounds brought great back and forth action and after 12 solid rounds of actions the judges returned with the scores of  116-110 (x2) 115-11 for the new champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant. “I’ve worked my whole entire life for this,” said Plant. “Boxing seventeen hard years. I buried my daughter in the process of trying to get this belt. I promised I would bring her this title and that is what I am going to do.” Plant went on to say “I knew I caught him clean during those knockdowns, but I knew he wasn’t all the way out so I took my time. I stayed relaxed, I stuck to the game plan and got it done just like I said I would. This is overwhelming. I am a kid who came from nothing. I believed in myself and now I’ve been crowned king.

 

 

 

In the Co-main event of the evening up and coming prospect and undefeated Joey Spencer (6-0, 6 KO’s) took on Brandon Harder (2-2, 1 KO) in scheduled 4-round Super Welterweight bout. Spencer easily took control of the fight landing piston like jabs hurting Harder, eventually dropping him at the end of the first round. The second round saw much of the same as Harder was outclassed by the stronger Spencer who dropped Harder two more times before the fight was waived off by referee Tom Taylor at the 1:28 mark of the second round giving Spencer the knockout victory. “Fans are going to see that I give it my all when I get in the ring and I’m going to put on a show,” said Spencer. “You’re going to get more and more tests in my career and I believe I will rise to the level of my competition. Sometimes you’re in there with an awkward guy, he proves to be a test. I’ll move to six rounds for my next fight. I want to fight four times this year and I’m looking forward to it.”

 

To kick off the television portion of the evening undefeated Brandon Figueroa (18-0, 13 KO’s) from Weslaco, Texas went toe to toe with the always dangerous Moises Flores (25-2, 17 KO’s) from Guadalajara, Mexico. Figueroa wasted no time in attacking Flores landing big combinations and power shots at will on the slower Flores. Figueroa continued to pressure Flores early and often and in the third floored Flores with a huge overhand left. Flores beat the count only to have Figueroa viciously continue his attack landing a solid four punch combination followed by an overhand right that ended the night for Flores at the 1:35 mark of the third round. “Break him down and finish him,” said Figueroa “This is exactly how I expected it to go. I knew that he wasn’t going to handle those body shots. My message to Daniel Roman is that I am going to go home and prepare. I used that body work. I am really strong. I came in at 110 percent and did my job. I could have done better. I am really hard on myself. I know there are things I can continue to work on and will do that as soon as I get home. I am most definitely ready for a title shot. I am confident and ready.”

 

Also on the card and making his return to the ring after suffering his first defeat to the hands of  Vasyl Lomachenko was Guillermo Rigondeaux (18-1, 12 KO’s). Rigondeaux took on and made quick work of Giovanni Delgado (16-8, 9 KO’s). From the opening bell Rigondeaux used slick boxing and quick counterpunching to outpoint his opponent. Then with one second left in the first round Rigondeaux landed a solid left hook on the face of Delgado putting him on the canvas and giving Rigondeaux the knockout victory. After the bout Rigondeaux stated “Delgado is a good fighter. I take my hat off to him and his team. I came prepared and I am ready to face people that are undefeated. Whoever has a belt, I am taking it. You can expect me back in less than two months. I felt 100 % This is my division. This is my time. This is it. I am the king of 122 pounds.”

 

In other bouts

 

Ahmed Elbiali improved to (18-1, 15 KO’s) with his knockout victory over the veteran Allen Green (33-6, 22 KO’s) that came at the 1:16 mark of the third round.“I think it was easier than I thought it was going to be,” said Elbiali. “Losing to Pascal the way I did, it messes with you mentally. I was trying to stay on my A-game. Stay focused and thankfully it showed. My game plan clicked really well. I have been sparring with Caleb (Plant) and other great guys. That keeps you sharp and alert. I would love to win a world title and be the first Egyptian win a world championship.”

 

Undefeated Mexican Olympian Lindolfo Delgado (8-0, KO’s) of Linares, Mexico defeated Sergio Lopez (22-12-1, 15 KO’s) in a 8- round Super Lightweight bout by Knockout at 2:48 mark of the third round. “I felt really good. I have been practicing so much in the gym with Robert Garcia.” Stated Delgado. “I am in this for the long haul. I want to build a great foundation for my career. I am a student of the game and I have a great teacher.”

 

And Michael Plania (18-1, 10 KO’s) of General Santos defeated Juan Lopez (12-4, 4 KO’s) by unanimous decision in an 8-round Super Bantamweight bout

 

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