Pro Boxing updated schedule

Above photo was taken on August 17, 1989 in San Diego, on the night Tony Deluca defeated Willy Salazar by a split decision to win the NABF Light Flyweight title. It honors three special gentlemen, (l to r) referee Pat Russell, boxer Tony “Bazooka” Deluca and his beloved trainer Juan Bustamante.

In our regularly updated schedule (last update January 5, 2021), we use bold type to denote a local boxer, a boxer with local ties or a bout of major interest. If perchance you see an error or know of a local boxer or event that’s been overlooked, please pass along this information so we can make the necessary correction. Due to the current concerns with the Corona-Virus Pandemic there are a great many changes/cancelations.


JANUARY, 2021

January 8, 2021, Club Nuestra Raza, Houston, Texas

January 9, 2021, La Terraza Sports Bar, Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico

January 14, 2021, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

  • Keita Kurihara (15-5, 13 KOs) the OPBF Bantamweight champion takes on Takuma Inoue (13-1-3 KOs) the former WBC “interim” champion in a 12 rounder.
  • Katsuki Mori (7-0) vs. Sora Takeda (6-1), 6 rounds, junior flyweights
  • Ryutaro Nakagaki (1-0) vs. Yuji Okinori (10-5-2), 4 rounds, junior bantamweights
  • Keisuke Matsumoto vs. Bejita Ishikawa, 6 rounds, junior lightweights
  • Yushin Uchida vs. Shunsei Sawada, 4 rounds, junior featherweights
January 16, 2021, Campestre Ojo de Agua, Ocotlan, Jalisco, Mexico
On this Saturday, January 16, 2021 fight card they’re featuring former USA Amateur Boxer Citlalli Ortiz from Coachella, Calif. who will be making her Pro Debut versus Silvia Jimenez (5-4) an opponent who has faced such notables as southpaw Maureen “The Real Million Dollar Baby” Shea (29-2, 13 KOs) from the Bronx, New York (currently ranked #3 in the U. S.) plus Magaly Rodriguez (19-6-2, 9 KOs) from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico who is currently ranked #5 in Mexico). 
In other words, Ortiz is scheduled to battle a veteran who has faced several really tough opponents. Jimenez, a crossover from Pro kickboxing, has faced boxers with a combined record of 62 wins and 19 losses. As a competitor in USA Amateur Boxing, Ortiz excelled and by the close of 2019 she had been in contention for a spot on either the USA Olympic Team or the Mexican National Team to go to the 2020 Olympics.
We will certainly keep you posted on the outcome of Ortiz’s Pro debut.
Hot prospect, super welterweight Citlalli Ortiz from Coachella, Calif. recently traveled 2,700 miles, cross country, to New York to sign her Professional Boxing contract at Willy’s Margaritas Cafe located at 1868 Front St, East Meadow, New York.
It’s obvious both Ortiz’s Manager and Promoter have tremendous confidence in their latest signee or why else would they go through all the trouble plus expense to have her travel Cross Country to New York to celebrate her signing. The question always is: “Are things happening too fast?” Moving up to the Pro Ranks certainly changes the landscape and winning becomes oh-so important.

January 16: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Riku Nagahama (12-2-1) vs Ryota Toyoshima (12-2-1) for the OPBF Welterweight Title

January 20: Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Conn. (Showtime)
  • Hurshidbek Normatov (10-0) (left) vs Patrick Cora (10-0) (right), 10 rounds, junior middleweights
  • Yeis Gabriel Solano (15-0) vs. Mykquan Williams (15-0-1), 8 rounds, junior welterweights
  • Jose Nunez (11-0-1) vs. Aram Avagyan (10-0-1), 8 rounds, featherweights
  • Martino Jules (10-0) vs. Pedro Marquez Medina (12-1), 8 rounds, featherweights
January 22: Wakefield, England (ESPN+)
  • Karim Guerfi vs. Lee McGregor, 12 rounds, for Guerfi’s European bantamweight title
  • Sean McComb vs. Gavin Gwynne, 12 rounds, for vacant Commonwealth lightweight title
  • Pierce O’Leary vs. TBA, 8 rounds, juniro welterweights
  • Mark McKeown vs. TBA, 4 rounds, featherweights
  • Hassan Azim vs. TBA, 4 rounds, junior welterweights
  • Paddy Donovan vs. TBA, 4 rounds, welterweights
January 23 (previously scheduled for August 1, 2020): Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (Showtime Sports and Premier Boxing Champions)

January 30, 2021: Tijuana, B. C., Mexico

Pro Debut of USA Amateur Boxing Standout Super Middleweight Raul Lizarraga of Temecula, Calif.

January 30, 2021: The Big Punch Arena, Tijuana, B.C., Mexico (Gonzalez Promotions/Round 13/H2O Promotions)

January 30: Los Angeles, Calif. (FOX)
Caleb Plant vs. Caleb Truax, 12 rounds, for Plant’s IBF super middleweight title
January 30: Moscow, Russia (DAZN)
  • Sergey Kovalev vs. Bektemir Melikuziev, 12 rds, light heavyweights

FEBRUARY, 2021

February 13: TBA (ESPN)
  • Title fight: Joe Smith Jr. vs Maxim Vlasov, 12 rounds, for the vacant WBO light heavyweight title
  • Richard Commey vs. Jackson Marinez, 10 rounds, lightweights
February 13: TBA (DAZN)
  • Title fight: Joseph “JoJo” Diaz vs. Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov, 12 rounds, for Diaz’s IBF junior lightweight title
  • Title fight: Patrick Teixeira vs. Brian Castano, 12 rounds, for Teixeira’s WBO junior middleweight title

February 19: Wakefield, England (ESPN+)

  • Liam Walsh vs. Paul Hyland Jr., 12 rounds, for vacant British lightweight title
  • Gary Cully vs. Viktor Kotochigov, 10 rounds, lightweights
  • DP Carr vs. Dean Dodge, 10 rounds, junior lightweights
  • Sahir Iqbal vs. Liam Wells, 8 rounds, welterweights
February 20: in The Bubble at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. ESPN presents another of Top Rank’s great match-ups – no doubt one of the best ever. The great boxer will have to stay in close against the harder puncher who will no doubt attempt to out-work him, leading to out scoring him while using his reach advantage. Everything thing comes into play when the boxers are on the level.
  • Title fight: featuring 29-year-old, 5’7″ tall / 71½″ reach Miguel Berchelt (37-1, 33 KOs) with his vs. 30-year-old, 5′ 5½″ tall / 66″ reach Oscar Valdez (28-0, 22 KOs) from West Covina, Calif. by way of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico in a 12 rounder for Berchelt’s WBC Super Featherweight Title.
February 27: Auckland, New Zealand (DAZN)
  • Joseph Parker vs. Junior Fa, 12 rounds, heavyweights

MARCH

March 13, 2021, Saturday, in the United States (TBA) (aired on DAZN)
  • Another great Title fight: the 30-year-old, 5’4″ tall Juan Francisco Estrada (41-3, 28 KOs) from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico versus the 33-year-old, 5’3″ tall Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez (50-2, 41 KOs) from Managua, Nicaragua battling for Estrada’s WBC super flyweight title plus Gonzalez’s WBA super flyweight title.

April

May

June

July

August 2021

August 14 (Saturday) 5 p.m. PDT to 9 p.m. PDT at The Orleans Hotel & Casino, 4500 West Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2020 and 2021 International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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