Preview by Bill Tibbs
On January 13th, undefeated super middleweight contender Caleb “Sweethands” Plant will challenge IBF, 168-pound champion Jose Uzcategui from the Microsoft Theatre at L.A., Live from Los Angeles, California.
Uzcategui, who has had the interim title since March of this year when he beat Andre Dirrell, looks to add Plant to his roster of victories. Meanwhile, Plant looks to head into tinsel-town and relieve the champion of his hardware.
Both fighters are motivated and are looking to show they are indeed the best of the super middleweight division. And, in recent interviews, a war of words has erupted in the pre-fight build up that fight fans are hoping leads to some serious fireworks come fight night.
“Jose’s got a bully mentality. As long as people are scared of him, Jose feeds off of that”, said Plant. “But everybody knows when you stand up to a bully, they don’t like it."
While the Nashville, Tennessee born Plant sports a perfect 17-0 (10 KO’s) ledger, the only real name of note on it is Mexican tough-guy Rogelio “Porky” Medina, a fighter Uzcategui beat 6 years ago. Uzcategui sports ring time with Matt Korobov, undefeated Julius Jackson and 2 bouts with Andre Dirrell.
So, clearly, the experience factor goes in favour of Uzcategui.
However, Plant is philosophical in looking at the fight and thinks it will simply come down to who can be the better man on fight night.
“I think stylistically, it is a good matchup”, he said. “I think that on fight night it will come down to who can impose their will on the other guy”, said Plant.
Uzcategui (28-2, 23 KO’s) has heard lots of pre-fight predictions from challengers and seems unfazed by Plant’s predictions.
Maxboxing caught up with champion Uzcategui’s agent, Sean Gibbons, who also seemed less than concerned by Plant’s pre-fight predictions.
“Look. Let’s be real here”, said Gibbons. “Plant is coming into the fight off his only name win, a unanimous decision over Porky Medina. And, no offence to Medina by the way, good fighter, tough guy and everything, but he’d lost 2 of his previous 4 fights and Jose beat him 6 years ago”, said Gibbons.
"I like Plant’s confidence but this isn’t Porky Medina. This isn’t the first time we have heard someone say this. Believe me, Dirrell thought the same thing," said Gibbons. “Jose is the best super middleweight in the division,” continued Gibbons, “and Plant will find that out on fight night”.