The pay-per-view undercard for the Deontay Wilder-Robert Helenius WBC semifinal heavyweight title eliminator on Oct. 15 (Fox PPV, 9 p.m. ET) at Barclays Middle in Brooklyn, New York, is about.
Along with the previously announced co-feature of former super middleweight titleholders Caleb Plant and Anthony Dirrell assembly in a title eliminator, two different fights have been finalized and have been introduced on Tuesday.
Heavyweight contender Frank Sanchez (20-0, 13 KOs), 30, Miami-based Cuban, will face Carlos Negron (25-3, 20 KOs), 35, of Puerto Rico, in a 10-rounder that Sanchez coach Joe Goossen had already mentioned was going to be on the cardboard.
It’s a struggle that was scheduled for Jan. 1 earlier than Negron dropped out per week beforehand as a result of Covid-19 and Sanchez routed late substitute Christian Hammer.
“I intend to search for a knockout towards Negron to show to boxing followers that I’m each a boxer and a puncher,” Sanchez mentioned “I really feel I’m one of the best heavyweight on this planet and Oct. 15 will convey me one step nearer to the essential objective of changing into obligatory contender for a world title alternative in 2023.”
Mentioned Negron: “I do know Frank, and I’ve by no means been a fighter to name another fighters out or communicate of another boxer, so I don’t know why he requested to struggle me. When my coach informed me he wished to struggle me, I didn’t take it personally. I took it like a problem. It gave me unbelievable motivation, and now I wish to struggle him. Let’s see what I can do towards good competitors.”
Within the opener, bantamweights Gary Antonio Russell (19-0, 12 KOs), 29, a southpaw from Capitol Heights, Maryland, and former world titlist Emmanuel Rodriguez (20-2, 13 KOs), 30, of Puerto Rico, will meet in a 12-round rematch.
Russell, the center brother between featherweight titlist Gary Jr. and junior welterweight contender Gary Antuanne, and Rodriguez met in August 2021 in a no contest. The struggle lasted solely 16 seconds as a result of an instantaneous unintentional head butt left Rodriguez badly lower and unable to proceed. Each fighters have received their solely bouts since.
“I’m glad that Emmanuel and I’ll get our likelihood to have a redo,” Russell mentioned. “Nothing has modified so far as my goal. I’m coming into the ring at Barclays Middle to do no matter I’ve to do with a purpose to end this struggle victorious.”
Rodriguez added, “I’ve been coaching in Mexico for a very long time and away from my household in order that I can concentrate on this struggle that may outline my future. Russell is an efficient fighter who has been averted all through his profession, however I’ve come to point out that I’m on one other degree. I’ll win fingers down and be again on high of the bantamweight division. He’s going to understand that he’s not on my degree.”