After a quiet weekend last week, big-time boxing returns this weekend with multiple titles on the line in big showdowns across the globe.
SATURDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER, HERMOSILLO, SONORA, MEXICO:
In the early hours of Sunday morning UK time, Sonora, Mexico will play host to Juan Francisco Estrada (42-3-0, 28KOs)‘s return to a professional ring for the first time in eighteen months as he takes on an unknown quantity in Argi Cortes (23-2-2, 10KOs). Estrada edged out fellow super-flyweight great Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez via split-decision in March 2021 in what was one of the standout contests of the year, with many feeling the decision should have gone the way of the Honduran. Nevertheless, Estrada fights in front of his adoring Mexican fans this weekend in what should prove a relatively simple task before attention turns to a trilogy bout against the aforementioned Gonzalez.
The vacant IBF light-flyweight title will also be on the line in Sonora this weekend as Hector Flores Calixto (20-0-4, 10KOs) comes head-to-head with Sivenathi Nontshinga (10-0-0, 9KOs) in the chief support. Both men boast undefeated records, with Calixto’s only blemish coming in the form of four draws respectively. WBA world featherweight champion Erika Cruz Hernandez (14-1-0, 3KOs) hopes to make the second defence of her title this weekend as she takes on Canada’s Jelena Mrdjenovich (41-11-2, 19KOs) over ten, two-minute rounds.
SUNDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER – CRYPTO.COM ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA:
World heavyweight contenders Andy Ruiz Jr. (34-2-0, 22KOs) and Luis Ortiz (33-2-0, 28KOs) come head-to-head in LA as both men continue to hunt for another shot at world honours. Ruiz Jr. landed one of the biggest upsets in recent memory when he blew away Britain’s Anthony Joshua inside seven rounds back in June 2019 before losing a unanimous decision to the Brit six months latter in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in a fight he openly admits he did not prepare adequately for. Ortiz meanwhile has shared a ring with the heavy-handed Deontay Wilder on two separate occasions and appeared to had the Alabama man badly hurt in the seventh round before he was stopped three rounds later during their first encounter. The second showing saw the Cuban outbox Wilder for a large majority of the seven rounds before a huge straight right crashed against Ortiz’s chin, ending the fight in the process.
Both now meet in a crossroads fight with a lot riding on it, defeat surely spelling an end to any world title ambitions in an already-packed heavyweight division at world level.
The undercard in the Sunshine State also sees Isaac Cruz (23-2-1, 16KOs) return in his second fight since losing on points to Gervonta Davis in December, this time taking on Eduardo Ramirez (27-2-3, 12KOs) over twelve at 135-pounds. Former heavyweight champion Charles Martin (28-3-1, 25KOs) resumes his professional career in an eight-round bout versus Devin Vargas (22-7-0, 9KOs), while Abner Mares (31-3-1, 15KOs) clashes with Miguel Flores (25-4-0, 12KOs) at lightweight.
The vacant Australian super-middleweight title will also be on the line on Friday 2nd September when Abdoulaye Mayweather (6-0-0, 4KOs) comes together against Ali Elrich (7-1-1, 5KOs) at the Eatons Hill Hotel in Queensland, Australia. Mirco Cuello (8-0-0, 7KOs) also faces Michel Da Silva (13-0-0, 12KOs) in Buenos Aires for the vacant South American featherweight strap on Saturday 3rd September.