Uzcategui vs Plant on PBC-FOX
By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
Boxing fans will have yet another championship boxing match to enjoy courtesy of the Premier Boxing Championship on FS1 and FOX Deportes Sunday, January 13 from the Microsoft Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Middleweight, 17-0, 10 KOs, Caleb “Sweethands” Plant faces IBF Champion (28-2, 23 KOs) Jose Uzcategui.
Battle-hardened Venezuelan Jose Uzcategui defends his IBF Super Middleweight World Championship against unbeaten top challenger Caleb Plant in prime time on Sunday, January 13 on FS1 and FOX Deportes presented by Premier Boxing Champions at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
El Vigia, Venezuela native Uzcateguinow calls Tijuana, Mexico home. The 27-year old (28-2, 23 KOs) will be making his first defense of his IBF super middleweight championship in this fight. “It is an honor to defend my IBF title for the first time on FOX Sports,” Uzcategui said. “About the only thing I can say about my fight is that I don’t respect Caleb Plant. He has talked too much, and I will punish him, beat him up and then knock him out.”
26-year-old and Nashville, Tennessee native (17-0, 10 KOs) Caleb Plant is undefeated and now lives in Las Vegas. Ha has dedicated his career to his daughter, Alia, who was born with a medical condition that causes seizures. Sadly, she passed at 19 months old from a respiratory infection that developed into pneumonia. The top contending Plant who moved into position to challenge for the title with an impressive unanimous decision victory over tough veteran Rogelio Medina on Feb. 17. Plant, who was born in Nashville, Tennessee and now lives in Las Vegas,
“I’ll be stepping between those ropes for Alia. I’m stepping between those ropes for the people of my city and state and for the people who come from the very bottom. I’m stepping between those ropes to finish the job that my father started, for all the work and sacrifice he made to ensure that he gave us a better opportunity than the life we once had and lived. But most importantly I’m stepping between those ropes January 13th in LA for myself. AND THE NEWWWW!”
Having fought and scored three knockouts in 2018 as he climbed the ladder in the super bantamweight and featherweight divisions. The 21-year-old Weslaco, Texas, Brandon Figueroa (17-0, 12 KOs) will be facing the toughest challenge of his pro career when he takes on Moises Flores in the co-main event.
“This is definitely a step up for me. He’s 25-1 and he’s been in some tough fights, especially the championship fight against Daniel Roman,” Figueroa said. “I feel like I keep getting better with each fight, stronger and wiser in the ring. I want to show everyone that I’m the real deal and I’m ready for that world title. I believe that it’s coming soon, and this is the kind of fight that I need to prove that I’m ready.”
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico native Moises Flores (25-1, 17 KOs) is looking to rebound from the first loss of his career after dropping a unanimous decision against Daniel Roman for the super bantamweight
world title. The 32-year-old Flores of had fought Guillermo Rigondeaux in 2017 in a match that was ruled a no contest before the bout against Roman.
“I’m looking forward to this fight,” Flores said. “I had only fought one round in two years coming into my last fight with Roman. And 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. So now I’m confident I will be at my best. Figueroa and I both throw a ton of punches. It’s gonna be an all-out war.”
Former World Champion Guillermo Rigondeaux will make his return to the ring in the undercard against Mexico’s Giovanni Delgado. The two-time Olympic gold medalist and native of Cuba, Rigondeaux defeated boxers Nonito Donaire, Rico Ramos and Joseph Agbeko to make a name for himself. Though he took a loss to Vasiliy Lomachenko last December, he now looks rebound by to show off his masterful technical skills that made him a unified world champion and pound for pound contender against Mexico’s 27-year-old (16-8, 9 Kos) Delgado.
This action-packed undercard will also include hard-hitting 2016 Mexican Olympian (7-0, 7 KOs) Lindolfo Delgado in an eight-round super lightweight fight, if time allows, they will also show Light Heavyweight power-puncher (17-1, 14 KOs) Ahmed Elbiali and Cairo, Egypt native take on Oklahoma’s knockout artist (33-5, 22 Kos) Allan Green.
Following the 2016 Olympics and after turning pro in 2017, 23-year-old, Nuevo Leon, Mexico native Lindolfo Delgado will fight in the U.S. for the second time on January 13. After gathering five knockout wins in 2018. Boxing fans will also see unbeaten featherweight Brandon Figueroa take on Moises Flores and sensational prospect Joey Spencer. In an anticipated rematch from last April, Ryan “Cowboy” Karl (15-2, 9 KOs) is eager to avenge his 5th round loss to Kevin Watts (12-3, 5 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight FS1 TV swing bout.
The Prelims show begins at 3:30 p.m on Sunday, January 13, 2019. Fans can live stream the fights on the FOX Sports app, available in English or Spanish through the FOX or FOX Deportes feeds. The fights are available on a desktop at FOXSports.com and through the app store, or connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. 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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