Caleb “Sweethands” Plant Prepares for his World Title Opportunity
January 7, 2019
Anthony Saldana (100 articles)
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Caleb “Sweethands” Plant Prepares for his World Title Opportunity

By Anthony “Stack” Saldaña

 

Sunday January, 13th on FS1 undefeated super middleweight contender Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (17-0, 10 KO’s) will step into the ring for the highly anticipated world title bout against the IBF Super Middleweight Champion Jose Uzcategui (28-2, 23 KO’s). Uzcategui will be making the first defense of his title when he battles Plant at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. Plant who is from Tennessee, but now lives and trains in Las Vegas will look to silence the critics Sunday night. Plant who came into the fight a 3-1 underdog recently spoke to Supreme Boxing and stated “I understand the reasoning behind the numbers, and come fight night I plan on showing the odds makers and naysayers how off they really are, and hopefully moving forward they’ll truly understand who Caleb Plant is.”  Uzcategui who captured the title in rematch victory over Andre Dirrell is on paper the toughest opponent of Plant’s career. “Everyone says Uzcategui is the Boogyman, and I know that this will my toughest fight in the ring, but at the same time he’s going to bring out the best in me and anyone who brings the best out of Caleb Plant will definitely have a tall order on their hands.”  Plant who trains under the tutelage of  Justin Gamber  has stated he’s had the best camp of career and at a recent media workout Gamber stated “Everything is coming together and Caleb is looking better than he ever has. He’s faster, stronger and he has more confidence than he’s ever had before. I love this matchup. Stylistically, Uzcategui comes forward, but he can do some different things. He’s a right-hander but he can fight southpaw. Uzcategui is good all around. He’s not great at any single thing, he’s just good everywhere. In this fight Uzcategui’s biggest assets will be his experience and his comfort level in the ring. But I think he’s tailor-made for Caleb and the hand speed and defense he brings. It’s definitely not going to be an easy fight, but it’s a fight that could play into Caleb’s hands stylistically.”

 

For any fighter a chance at capturing world title is a something they’ve always dreamed about and for Plant the championship fight with Uzcategui is more than a dream “It’s all my life’s work coming down to one moment” stated Plant, who in life has already taken shots that would have kept most people down. From growing up in poverty in Ashland City, Tennessee to the tragic death of his 19-month-old daughter, Alia, from a rare neurological condition. “This has been a lifelong dream of mine to be fighting for a world title and now that time has finally come,” said Plant. “I’ll be fighting for my daughter Alia, may she rest in peace. 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. 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!”

 

Jose Uzcategui vs Caleb Plant is the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes Sunday, January 13 from the Microsoft Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

 

Coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and will also see unbeaten featherweight Brandon Figueroa take on Moises Flores and sensational prospect Joey Spencer entering the ring.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Zanfer Promotions, start at $50, are on sale now and can be purchased at AXS.com

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