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Undercard bouts to stream exclusively on ESPN+ on June 12 | FightBook MMA
June 2, 2021
LAS VEGAS — The chief of Puerto Rico’s new wave, 18-year-old welterweight Xander Zayas, shouldn’t be losing time. Zayas, who scored one-sided victories in February and April, returns Saturday, June 12 in a six-rounder in opposition to “Deadly” Larry Fryers at The Theater at Virgin Resorts Las Vegas on the undercard of the WBO interim junior light-weight title bout between Shakur Stevenson and Jeremiah Nakathila.
In his first bout in additional than 18 months, Toledo-born junior light-weight Tyler McCreary hopes to get again on the profitable monitor in opposition to veteran spoiler Manuel Rey Rojas in an eight-rounder.
Zayas-Fryers and McCreary-Rojas will probably be among the many undercard bouts streaming reside and solely on ESPN+ at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. Stevenson-Nakathila and the 10-round junior welterweight duel between Jose “Sniper” Pedraza and Julian “Hammer Palms” Rodriguez will probably be broadcast reside on ESPN and ESPN Deportes (simulcast on ESPN+) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Promoted by Prime Rank, tickets beginning at $50 are on sale now and could be bought by visiting Etix.com.
Born in San Juan and now residing in South Florida, Zayas (8-0, 6 KOs) gained 11 nationwide titles as an beginner and has 5 first-round knockouts since turning professional shortly after his 17th birthday in October 2019. He has stepped up the competitors in 2021, shutting out James Martin over six rounds in February and knocking out Demarcus Layton in 56 seconds in April on the Emanuel Navarrete-Christopher Diaz undercard. Fryers (11-3, 4 KOs), an Irishman who now calls New York dwelling, is a five-year professional. Final June, he dropped an eight-round resolution to undefeated prospect John Bauza contained in the MGM Grand Las Vegas Bubble.
McCreary (16-1-1, 7 KOs) final fought in November 2019 in a co-feature bout in opposition to former two-weight world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton, however he was dropped twice en path to a one-sided resolution defeat. He made his Prime Rank debut in March 2019 and appears to show the web page in opposition to Rojas (20-5, 6 KOs), a local of Dallas, Texas, who misplaced a aggressive resolution to Toledo native and junior light-weight contender Albert Bell in April.
In different undercard motion on ESPN+, Puerto Rican junior welterweight prospect John “El Horrible” Bauza (14-0, 5 KOs) returns in an eight-rounder versus Christon Edwards (12-2, 6 KOs), a Houston native who has gained six in a row.
In a battle of undefeated junior lightweights scheduled for six rounds, Bryan Lua (7-0, 3 KOs), a Robert Garcia-trained prospect from California’s Central Valley, will face Puerto Rico’s Frevian Gonzalez (4-0, 1 KO). Gonzalez and Lua every notched a pair of victories final yr contained in the MGM Grand Las Vegas Bubble.
Middleweight phenom Troy “Transformer” Isley (1-0), who shut out Bryant Costello in his professional debut in February, is again in a four-rounder in opposition to Philadelphia’s LaQuan Evans (4-1, 2 KOs), who has gained three straight courting again to 2019.
Kasir “Mazzi” Goldston (2-0, 1 KO), an 18-year-old former U.S. beginner star from Albany, New York, will make his 2021 debut in opposition to Michigan native Maurice Anthony (3-1, 3 KOs) in a four-round welterweight tilt.
Welterweight prospect Jahi Tucker (3-0, 2 KOs), who hopes to observe promotional stablemates Jamel Herring and Joe Smith Jr. and turn into the following world champion from Lengthy Island, will combat Ysrael Barboza (3-1-1, 3 KOs) in a four-rounder. Tucker turned heads in his final bout with a physique shot knockout over Eric Rodriguez.
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