Caleb Plant beats Jose Uzcategui on points to become IBF super-middleweight champion
Last Updated: 14/01/19 8:09am
Caleb Plant continued his unbeaten streak as he defeated Jose Uzcategui by unanimous decision to become IBF super-middleweight champion.
American Plant knocked Uzcategui down twice as he dominated the early rounds then faded over the last few but managed to hold on for the crown at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Heading into the bout, Plant said he was fighting in memory of his 19-month-old daughter, Alia, who died in 2015. She was born with a medical condition that causes seizures.
A tearful Plant was overcome by emotion after the win.
"I have worked my life, 17 years for this," said Plant. "I buried my daughter in the process to get this belt."
Venezuelan Uzcategui was defending his title for the first time after inheriting it in July.
Britain's James DeGale vacated the IBF title six months ago to pursue bigger-money fights than his mandated bout against Uzcategui.
Plant, 26, improved to 18-0 with 10 knockouts while Uzcategui dropped to 27-3 with 23 knockouts.
The Tennessee-native knocked the champion down in the second and fourth rounds.
This was the first time Plant had fought for a world title and just the second time he has gone the full 12 rounds.