Emotional win for boxer
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.