Emo­tional win for boxer

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UN­BEATEN Caleb Plant won his first world ti­tle yes­ter­day, beat­ing cham­pion Jose Uz­categui by a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion in an In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion world su­per mid­dleweight fight.

Amer­i­can Plant knocked Uz­categui down twice as he dom­i­nated the early rounds then faded 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.

Caleb Plant

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