Uzcategui vs Plant : The 168-pound title bout, 12 rounds headlines Sunday’s Premier Boxing Champions card at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles 8 pm ET.
Venezuelan Jose Uzcategui fights to prove he’s worthy of being a world champion while US challenger Caleb Plant fights in memory of his 19-month-old daughter who died in 2015.
Plant, 17-0 with 10 knockouts, enters his first world title fight of a career dedicated to his late daughter Alia, who was born with a medical condition that caused seizures. She died of a respiratory infection that developed into pneumonia but her memory motivates the 26-year-old from suburban Nashville, Tennessee.
The fight, scheduled to take place last year, is overdue. It was postponed when Plant had to undergo surgery to his left hand after suffering an injury in a sparring session. Ring rust is fact or fiction depending on whom you consult, but this will be Plant’s first fight in just under a year.
It’s a fearlessness gained through experience, not machismo. Caleb Plant has lived through hardship but also suffered every parent’s worst nightmare. In 2015, his nineteen-month-old daughter Alia died. Like her father, Alia was a battler. Diagnosed with a rare medical condition she fought on bravely for nearly two years.
“I owe it to the cards I’ve been dealt,” Plant said. “The hand that I’ve been dealt has made me who I am today. I know the importance of this fight. I know what’s on the line. The difference is I know what I’m up against and I don’t think that Uzcategui does.”