PBC on FOX Uzcategui vs Plant Fight Card Recap
By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
Having ended their list of fights for 2018 with the Charlo Twins fighting in Brooklyn, the PBC and FOX collaboration kicked off their year with another fabulous night of boxing, this time in Los Angeles. Not only did the main event live up to expectations, the rising stars in their undercard amazed boxing fans in attendance along with those who tuned into FOX on Sunday night.
Kicking off a great night of fights for the Premier Boxing Champions Prelims on FS1 were three exciting bouts which all ended in exciting fashion.
Having not fought since 2017 Guillermo Rigondeaux returned to the ring against Giovanni Delgado Rigondeaux ended the fight with a knockout in the last second of round one with an overhand left their Super Bantamweights bout.
“This is my division. This is my time. This is it. I am the kind of 122 pounds. I felt 100 percent.” Rigondeaux continued on to say, “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 fought my idol tonight,” said Delgado. “I knew he hit hard, but I didn’t know he hit that hard. I have been cleared by the doctor and am fine. Just a little bit in shock.”
Mexican Olympian Lindolfo Delgado continued his professional knockout streak by knocking out Sergio Lopez in the third round. Clearly the aggressor throughout the fight, Delgado landed almost 50 percent of his power punches.
Light heavyweight Egypt’s Ahmed Elbiali took on veteran Allan Green. Despite Elbiali’s aggression, Green choose to go toe-to-toe with Elbiali. Green was then knocked down in every round knock by Elbiali. Ultimately, it was a right uppercut followed by an overhand right from Elbiali that ended the fight.
“I 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.”
In the main event, IBF Super Middleweight World Championship and Venezuelan native Jose Uzcategui put his titled on the line against Nashville, Tennessee native Caleb Plant. As expected, this fight disappointed no-one who watched this fight. Uzcategui was a valiant champion in his defense of his championship. However, Caleb Plant entered the ring with a heavy heart, having recently lost his daughter at 19 months young from a respiratory infection which developed into pneumonia.
Carrying this heavy heart into the ring on Sunday, Plant controlled most of the fight though Uzcategui displayed the heart of a champion by not backing down one bit. Even after getting up from a couple
knockdowns, Uzcategui continued to come forward and apply pressure. Though Plant took some punishment, he was able to drop the older Uzcategui for only the third time in his career, with his vicious assortment of punches to the head and body.
Having controlled most of the fight Plant was looking to survive the final rounds of the fight knowing Uzcategui needed a knockdown to hold onto his Championship Belt. As the scores of 116-110 were read twice and 115-111 once the… the announcer held a silent pause before revealing “and the new…!” The freshly crowned champion Caleb Pant fell to his knees overcome with emotion when he heard the announcement, he’d won the bout.
“I’ve worked my whole entire life for this,” said Plant. “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.” “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,” mentioned Caleb. Plant went on the say, “This is overwhelming. I am a kid who came from nothing. I believed in myself and now I’ve been crowned king.” “Right now, I am not thinking ahead. I just want to embrace this moment and soak it in.”
“I expected more movement and more boxing out of him,” said Uzcategui. “I would love the rematch. I think everyone saw a great fight tonight. I gave him the chance at the title and I would hope he would give me the chance to win it back.”
“I did feel that I had the advantage heading into the fight,” continued Uzcategui. “I went down because I was off balance, but I wasn’t hurt. He started to get tired around the sixth round, which was the plan. Caleb knew how to clench and hold. He was smart. He knew how to stay away from the punches.”
Additionally, Brandon Figueroa made quick work of Moises Flores, by knocking him out in the 2nd round in a WBA Super Bantamweight title eliminator. Figueroa discussed the fight and had some words for his next opponent.
“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 bodywork. 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.”
Linden, Mich. native and PBC Prospect of 2018 Joey Spencer added another win and another knockout to his record with his defeat of Brandon Harder in their super welterweight bout. The 18-year-old Spencer established his jab early and landed it at will. His straight right at the end of round one sent Harder to his knees. Spencer ended the fight with a swarm of punches early in the 2nd round.
“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.”
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