Date: Saturday, April 8
Start time: 8:00 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BST
Main event ringwalks (approx): 11:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 a.m. BST
TV: U.S.: ESPN+ UK: Sky Sports
Location: The fight will take place at the Prudential Center in New Jersey, America.
This weekend’s boxing action is for fans who are looking for something a bit different. There are plenty of exciting fights happening on Saturday, and it’s a multi-screen event that features a lot of rising stars.
The main event features Jesse Rodriguez, who was named as the Fighter of the Year by CBS Sports in 2022. He will fight for the vacant WBO Flyweight title against Christian Gonzalez. Rodriguez made a huge impact in his professional boxing career last year after taking a huge opportunity to fight Carlos Cuadras, who was a highly regarded fighter at super flyweight, on less than seven days’ notice.
At the age of 22, Rodriguez became the youngest active champion in the sport after defeating Carlos Cuadras. He then went on to win fights against Israel Gonzalez and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai before vacating his title and returning to the flyweight division.
Since suffering his only loss in his professional career, Gonzalez has won nine straight fights. Although his resume doesn’t feature many prominent names, he’s been able to fight against lesser-tier opponents and show his skills.
On the undercard, Akhmadaliev will be defending his WBA and IBF super bantamweight belts against Tapales.
The main event of the evening will feature Shakur Stevenson, who will be fighting at lightweight for the first time against Shuichiro Yoshino. This is the first time that Stevenson will be fighting at this level, and it will allow him to join a group of talented fighters.
Shakur Stevenson Record And Bio :
- Nationality: American
- Date of birth: June 28, 1997
- Height: 5′ 8″
- Reach: 68″
- Total fights: 19
- Record: 19-0 (9 KOs)
Shuichiro Yoshino Record And Bio :
- Nationality: Japanese
- Date of birth: N/A
- Height: 5′ 9″
- Reach: 68″
- Total fights: 16
- Record: 16-0 (12 KOs)
Shakur Stevenson vs. Shuichiro Yoshino Fight Card :
- Shakur Stevenson vs. Shuichiro Yoshino; Lightweight
- Keyshawn Davis vs. Anthony Yigit; Lightweight
- Jared Anderson vs. George Arias; Heavyweight
- Troy Isley vs. Roy Barringer; Super-welterweight
- Damian Knyba vs. Curtis Harper; Heavyweight
- Bruce Carrington vs. Brandon Chambers; Featherweight
- Kelvin Davis vs. Nelson Morale; Super-lightweight
- Antoine Cobb vs. Jaylan Phillips; Super-lightweight