LAS VEGAS – The Super Middleweight World Title Caleb Plant and Mike Lee exchanged harsh words in the run up to their fight, and Plant finally promised to teach Lee the lessons he had never learned on the way to a degree from Notre Dame.
Did he ever. Plant dominated every moment of the fight, beating Lee three times on the way to a knockout win in the third round in his first title defense on Saturday night on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Keith Thurman World Welterweight Championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
"It went exactly as I planned, anyway, I told you all week that it would not be 12 laps and me." I've kept my word and tried to do that, "Plant said.
Then Plant let go of all hostility.
said," But it's still and it's the same I predicted it. I think I have a high boxing IQ and do it at a really high level. So it was just about making adjustments. He's a big, strong guy and he just came in. "Here to give it all."
Plant (19-0, 11 KOs) , 26, from Ashland City, Tennessee, resident of Las Vegas, was dominated from the start in an obvious disproportion. His speed, ability and attitude were clear from the start. He landed a large amount of precise punches and let Lee hang on his jaw for about 30 seconds with a dynamite in the first round. Lee (21-1, 11 KOs), 31, from Chicago, never seemed to be calm in the ring, but he survived that first wave and took another big left hook before the round ended.
Plant made the attack in the second And all Lee could do was to cover up, to miss wild shots and smile even though he was hit in the face. Plant, who unanimously won his 168-pound World Cup title against Jose Uzcategui on January 13, put Lee out of his misery in the third round, sending the challenger to the board with a combination of three strokes. Another left hand seemed to drop Lee again, but referee Robert Byrd decided that he slipped. A moment later, Plant landed another left hand, and when Lee fell again, Byrd waved off the fight after 1 minute and 29 seconds without counting.
Lee descended from light heavyweight and was an unlikely title challenger to fight, never faced a notable opponent. But he got the shot because of the notoriety he had gained as a graduate of Notre Dame and who gave up a potential career on Wall Street to box. Lee also starred in a series of nationwide television commercials at the Subway Sandwich Shop.
Lee returned to the ring after a 13-month discharge, partly due to a fight against autoimmune disease. While talking about a good game that led to the fight, only Plant could confirm his words.
"Speed was the difference, it's fast and very accurate," Lee said. "I had some success with my right hand, but I could not keep up, no problem with the break, it's the referee's job and I respect them."
The CompuBox statistics showed how one-sided the fight was. Plant landed 50 of 109 (46%), while Lee scored only 8 of 66 (12%).
Plant hopes to win the winner of the bout on September 28 between defending champion Anthony Dirrell and former playlist David Benavidez, a lightweight fight because they are all Premier Boxing Champions.
"Oh, yes, we can definitely agree," Plant said. You know my adviser (Al Haymon).
Ugas pits Figueroa in the Eliminator.
Yordenis Ugas Welterweight contender, clinched Saturday's second world title of his career with a one-sided strike against former lightweight Omar Figueroa Jr. Ugas and won a unanimous decision in his WBC title eliminator, with all three judges having the fight between 119 and 107
Ugas secured a second goal in the 147-pound title of Shawn Porter, who is scheduled to start a merger battle against Errol Spence Jr. on September 28. Ugas' previous mandatory shot against Porter on March 9 ended with a defeat for Ugas in a controversial allocation decision.
Ugas lan In the first round, he fired several clean shots, including a right-hand man who crashed Figueroa into the ropes, keeping him on his tohh and causing referee Russell Mora to hit the ball. A moment later Figueroa strapped his right hand up again.
Ugas (24-4, 11 KOs), 32, an Olympic champion from Cuba, Miami, was warned to keep in the third round, but Figueroa then rocked with a series of punches in the final seconds of the round – and he went on to beat Figueroa during the remainder of the fight.
Figueroa suffered a cut on his scalp in the fourth round due to an accidental head-butt and asked Mora to call a time-out for the doctor on the ring to take a look. Mora hooked in a point from Ugas to keep more in the fifth round.
As the sixth round came to a close, Ugas Figueroa (28-1-1, 19 KOs), 29, of Weslaco, Texas, cornered and hit him with two heavy right hands that snapped his head back, like he did it repeatedly during the fight.
The CompuBox statistics were overwhelming for Ugas, who landed 229 out of 805 beats (28%) while Figueroa landed 131 of 610 (22%).
Lipinets trains late substitute Inson
The welterweight Sergey Lipinets thought he was going to face right-hander John Molina Jr., but when Molina threw her back out of the fight on Thursday night and withdrew from combat, she found herself Lipinets instead equated with the south paw Jayar Inson, who was originally scheduled for a non-televised preliminary round, but accepted the fight with Lipinets with one day's notice.
The change made no difference to Lipinets, a former junior welterweight welterweight champion. After a feeling process in the first round, Lipinet's inson pierced the jaw in the second round with his left hand, snapping Inson's head to one side – and then he hit the deck. Although Inson had surpassed the count, he was unable to continue and referee Jay Nady finished the fight after 57 seconds in the second round.
"Joe Goossen is an exceptional coach and he just told me to work a south paw from a different direction," said Lipinets through a translator. "I was just careful to block his strikes with my elbows, which was the only correction I had to make, and it finally worked flawlessly.