On Friday, IBF super middleweight world champion Jose Uzcategui came face to face with unbeaten mandatory challenger Caleb Plant at the final press conference.
The two fighters will headline a Premier Boxing Champions card from the Microsoft Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
Uzcategui is one of the more feared boxers in the division. His status grew after knocking out Andre Dirrell – combined with James DeGale electing to vacate his IBF title to avoid a mandatory defense against the hard puncher.
But Plant is not intimidated.
He believes the styles of the feared champion is tailor-made to be outboxed.
Plant admits he’s not the bigger puncher, but he views himself as the better boxer and the much quicker fighter.
“For those who know me and know my story, they know I’ve been through things that break people. I’ve taken many defeats throughout my life, but never once have I been defeated. I always come out the other side. Sunday, January 13, I’m going to come out the other side with that belt. Everyone considers Uzcategui the bogeyman of the division, but I’m ready for him. I hope he’s ready. I’m going to take his belt and his spot in the division,” Uzcategui said.
“This is a lifelong dream of mine. Fighting for the world title means everything, but it’s also just the first step. We’ve been in the studio cooking up something hot and the drop date is January 13. I think with our styles, this has the makings of a great, memorable fight. Everyone knows I have the skills and speed to hear ‘and the new’ on Sunday night.
“We were supposed to fight in August. I broke my hand in July and we had to move it back, but this fight has been set since June. Even when he fought in September and he said he had a down performance because he was ‘trying to trick’ someone into fighting him, I was waiting for this fight and I hope he’s not taking me as an easy task. Because he has another thing coming.”