Caleb Plant put Jose Uzcategui down twice throughout their 12-round, 168-pound title battle in January 2019.
Two fights after Plant out-pointed Uzcategui unanimously, Lionel Thompson dropped the previous IBF tremendous middleweight champion within the first spherical of a 10-round bout Thompson additionally received by unanimous determination. By no means, nonetheless, has an opponent stopped Uzcategui inside the gap throughout his 10-year, 35-fight professional profession.
David Benavidez intends to finish that development when he squares off in opposition to Uzcategui in a 12-round IBF/WBC tremendous middleweight title eliminator November 13 in Phoenix. The taller, youthful, brisker Benavidez (24-0, 21 KOs) has knocked out 88 % of his professional opponents and is closely favored to beat Uzcategui (31-4, 26 KOs) of their “Showtime Championship Boxing” foremost occasion at Footprint Heart, the house enviornment of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns.
Benavidez, 24, and Uzcategui, 30, had been speculated to battle August 28, however Benavidez contracted COVID-19 and their battle was postponed 2½ months. Benavidez was compelled into quarantine for 3 weeks, however the former WBC 168-pound champion said throughout a digital press convention lately that he slowly however absolutely returned to full energy whereas coaching.
“I’m positively gonna be the identical fighter I all the time am, entering into there searching for the knockout, entering into there, you realize, ripping the physique. [It’ll be] a quick tempo, you realize, action-packed battle. You understand, that is my greatest battle to this present day and that is what the followers expect, so why would I’m going in making an attempt to alter my model up? I really feel like I wanna make an announcement. You understand, no one’s ever stopped Uzcategui. It’s gonna be a tough activity to do, however, you realize, I’m all up for it. That’s precisely what I’m gonna attempt to do.
“And that’s what he’s gonna be making an attempt to do to me, too. So, it’s gonna be a terrific battle, man. I’m very excited. I’ve been working extraordinarily laborious and now it’s a IBF and WBC title eliminator, so the subsequent – you realize, it is a massive battle for the each of us, you realize, so I’m excited to go in there and provides the followers a terrific battle.”
The Benavidez-Uzcategui winner will grow to be the IBF and WBC obligatory challenger for whoever wins the 168-pound title unification battle the earlier Saturday night time between Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) and Las Vegas’ Caleb Plant (21-0, 12 KOs). Alvarez, 31, and Plant, 29, will battle for Alvarez’s WBA, WBC and WBO tremendous middleweight titles and Plant’s IBF belt in a Showtime Pay-Per-View foremost occasion November 6 at MGM Grand Backyard Enviornment in Las Vegas.
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He may be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.
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