the first Showtime Championship Boxing telecast is formally on the schedule.
Angelo Leo will correct the 2021 premier of Showtime’s flagship sequence, as he’ll make the primary defense of his junior featherweight title versus Stephen Fulton. The fight of unbeaten 122-pounders will top a televised tripleheader which takes region January 23 are living from Mohegan sun area in Uncasville, Connecticut.
particulars of the exhibit had been revealed Saturday evening during Showtime’s last boxing telecast of 2020.
The title battle comes as a make-up name from a prior to now scheduled pairing this past August, handiest for Philadelphia’s Fulton (18-0, 8KOs) to be pressured off the cardboard after checking out high quality for COVID-19. The supremely expert 26-year old contender turned into replaced via unbeaten Tramaine Williams, whom Leo (20-0, 9KOs)—a 26-year ancient from Las Vegas by means of Albuquerque—soundly outpointed to win a vacant title.
Fulton will return to the ring for the first time in precisely fifty two weeks come fight nighttime, having been out of the ring given that a 12-round win over Japan’s Arnold Khegai this previous January at Barclays center in Brooklyn, new york. The fight aired as part of a Showtime-televised tripleheader with enthusiasts in attendance, one of the crucial few playing cards in 2020 to get pleasure from such reputation.
Leo’s win over Williams marked Showtime’s first display in view that the pandemic, with the majority of its shows considering then taking place at Mohegan solar area.
In helping skill to Leo-Fulton comes another exciting junior featherweight clash. Raeese Aleem (17-0, 11KOs—who scored a tenth round damage stoppage of Marcus Bates on the undercard of Leo-Williams—will face pink scorching Vic Pasillas (16-0, 9KOs) in a scheduled 12-circular contest. Pasillas—a 28-12 months ancient from Redwood, California—dazzled in a 6th round knockout of undefeated Ranfis Javier Encarnacion this past September on an FS1 telecast from the PBC on Fox bubble at Microsoft Theater in los angeles.
Opening the telecast, Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero hopes to depart an improved influence than was the case in his closing trip, as he subsequent faces Houston’s Justin Pauldo (14-1, 7KOs). Las Vegas’ Romero (12-0, 10KOs) changed into regarded lucky to have escaped with a 12-circular resolution in his interim title fight with Jackson Mariñez this previous August 15 during this very venue.
Saturday’s announcement of this card comes days after the network revealed its first ShoBox event of 2021, so that it will take area three days prior on January 20 also at this venue.
Jake Donovan is a senior creator for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox