IBF super middleweight champion Jose Uzcategui’s new year’s resolution is to unify the 168LBS titles. The 28 year-old from Venezuela defends his title against unbeaten contender Caleb Plant on January 13 from Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles and is focused on bringing all the titles back to his homeland.
Both men recognized the importance of this fight for achieving what they hope for in 2019 and beyond.
“I’m 100 percent focused on Caleb Plant, but my New Year’s resolution is to unify the 168-pound division,” said Uzcategui. “When I’m not working on that goal, I just want to spend as much time with my family as possible.”
“My New Year’s resolution in 2019 in the ring is to definitely win the world title,” said Plant. “First things first, I have to get that strap and then we’ll move on to bigger and better things. Outside of the ring it would be to get a house, then just go from there.”
Televised action on FS1 and FOX Deportes will also see rising contender Brandon Figueroa take on former title challenger Moises Flores in super bantamweight action. Nearing a world title shot, Figueroa will face a tough test in Flores, who is motivated to again compete for a belt.
“I’m looking to make 2019 the year I become a world champion,” said Figueroa. “This is going to be a tough fight, but I think I’m going to be the stronger man in the ring that night. I also want to use this talent I’ve been given to help people in need. My resolution is to be a good role model for kids and contribute as much as I can to my community.”
“Last year had a lot of ups and downs, but I’m looking forward to becoming a world champion and making a title defense in 2019,” said Flores. “I’m very thankful for everything I have. Outside of the ring my resolution is to open a seafood restaurant and buy a house for my family this year.”
The broadcast will also feature sensational 18-year-old prospect Joey Spencer, who burst onto the scene last year after turning pro following a stellar amateur career. He racked up five knockout wins and will look to continue his rise in the new year.
“I’m planning on fighting five times this year so my resolution is to go 5-0, with five knockouts,” said Spencer. “I just want to keep getting better all-around as a fighter this year and I know that people will see my progression.
“I usually don’t make resolutions, but when I do have a little time away from the gym, one good vacation with the family would be great.”