PROVING HIS METTLE
On February 17, 2018, Plant stepped up against former world title challenger Rogelio “Porky” Medina, live on FOX, from Don Haskins Center on the UTEP campus in El Paso, Texas.
Plant was the superior boxer, flummoxing Mexico’s Medina with his unique combination of skill and swagger, winning a wide 12-round unanimous decision. Scorecards read 120-108, 119-109, and 117-111.
Plant was ready for a world title. He was granted that opportunity on January 13, 2019, when he took on IBF World 168-pound Champion Jose Uzcategui at the Microsoft Center in Los Angeles.
The headlining fight drew a peak audience of 986,000 on FS1. It was a star-making performance. Plant out-boxed and out-brawled the favored Uzcategui, dropping the Venezuelan once in the second, and again in the fourth, and overcoming a cut over his right eye to win a 12-round unanimous decision.
“I buried my daughter in the process of getting this belt. I promised I would bring her this, and that’s what I’m going to do.”