Cuban sensation and unbeaten WBA Tremendous Middleweight Champion David O. Morrell Jr. will defend his title towards undefeated challenger Mario Cázares in a 12-round duel that headlines FOX PBC Combat Evening and on FOX Deportes Sunday, June 27 from The Armory in Minneapolis.
The printed begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and options cruiserweight knockout artist Efetobor Apochi taking up fellow unbeaten Brandon Glanton within the 10-round co-main occasion, and rising tremendous light-weight contender Omar “El Relámpago” Juárez battling All Rivera in a 10-round attraction to kick off the telecast.
Tickets for the occasion, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Warriors Boxing, are on sale now and might be bought on the Armory at http://ArmoryMN.com/ and thru Ticketmaster.
“In his brief professional profession, David Morrell has already established himself as a power at 168 kilos and he’ll look to placed on one other standout efficiency June 27 on FOX,” stated Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Morrell will probably be motivated to impress as he returns in entrance of his adopted hometown crowd at The Armory. Standing in his method is a troublesome contender in Mario Cázares, who is not any stranger to pulling off an upset, having beat Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in his final outing. Including in an explosive cruiserweight bout between Efetobor Apochi and Brandon Glanton, plus the rising Omar Juárez towards the rugged All Rivera, and June 27 is ready to be a can’t miss return to The Armory in Minneapolis.”
Now primarily based in and coaching out of Minneapolis, Morrell (4-0, 3 KOs) has proven off the prodigious abilities that made him a standout in Cuba’s iconic newbie scene since arriving stateside in 2019. Earlier than being not too long ago elevated, the 23-year-old captured an interim title by dominating then-unbeaten Lennox Allen in motion on FOX in August 2020. Most not too long ago, Morell delivered a third-round knockout over Mike Gavronski final December, in his first headlining look on FOX. Morrell will return to combat on the Armory in his adopted hometown for the second time, having beforehand stopped Yendriz Rodriguez in his professional debut on the venue in August 2019.
“As all the time, I’m grateful to my complete staff for the chance to step into the ring as soon as once more at The Armory in Minneapolis,” stated Morrell. “This one is much more particular to me, as a result of it’s my first title protection in entrance of my new house crowd in Minneapolis. I’m excited to really feel the power of the followers once more, and towards an excellent opponent. We’ve labored onerous, now it’s time to have enjoyable.”
Cázares (12-0, 5 KOs) delivered a career-best victory in his final outing, incomes a technical choice over former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., as all three judges had him forward on the playing cards when the combat was halted in spherical six. The 30-year-old turned professional in 2015 and added three victories to his ledger in 2019 earlier than triumphing over Chavez in September 2020. Preventing out of his native Baja California, Mexico, Cázares will make his U.S. debut on June 27.
“This combat is essential for my profession,” stated Cázares. “This type of championship combat is what I’ve been working for. I positively respect Cuban boxing and the fashion of Morrell. He’s somebody with a whole lot of expertise within the newbie area who’s now exhibiting it in skilled boxing. However I like being the underdog and coming into my opponent’s hometown. The followers in Minneapolis and watching on FOX and FOX Deportes are going to be in for a shock on June 27.”
A local of Nigeria who trains with famend coach Ronnie Shields in Texas, Apochi (11-0, 11 KOs) has knocked out all of his opponents since turning professional in 2016. The 33-year-old most not too long ago blasted out a fellow unbeaten in April, as he dropped Deon Nicholson a number of occasions en path to a third-round stoppage. Apochi has racked up 5 victories because the begin of 2019, together with spectacular knockouts of Earl Newman and Joe Jones.
“I’m excited to be again within the ring,” stated Apochi. “I got here to America for just one purpose: boxing. I’m all the time comfortable to do the job, whether or not it’s coaching, sparring or another exercise associated to boxing. I’ve a whole lot of issues that I’m excited to indicate, as a result of I haven’t proven every thing but. Glanton referred to as me out as a result of he thinks he’s the true deal. I can’t wait to make a idiot of him. I’m going to carry the drama, the motion and the conflict. I’m able to show myself many times. No cruiserweight can go the space with me. It’s inconceivable. Glanton is getting knocked out.”
The 29-year-old Glanton (13-0, 11 KOs) will face his hardest professional competitors thus far within the hard-hitting Apochi. Born in Atlanta and now residing in Riverside, California, Glanton picked up a pair of stoppage wins in 2020 forward of his 2021 debut June 27. After a formidable newbie profession that included a fourth place end on the 2015 U.S. Olympic Trials, Glanton turned professional in 2017 and completed his first eight professional fights inside the space.
“I’m comfortable to have gotten this chance, it’s been a very long time coming,” stated Glanton. “We all the time put together onerous in camp to go up towards the most effective opposition there may be to supply. The one factor that adjustments is the sufferer standing throughout the ring from me. On June 27, you’ll be able to count on to see the most effective model of myself. As for my opponent, you’ll be able to solely pray for him.”
Juárez (11-0, 5 KOs) continued his stand up the 140-pound division in April as he received his first 10-round combat, simply outpointing Elias Araujo on his technique to a unanimous choice, kicking off his 2021 marketing campaign following 4 victories in 2020. Juárez has been lauded as a lot for his work outdoors the ring as he has for what he’s achieved in it. After graduating highschool in his native Brownsville, Texas, the 21-year-old devoted himself to giving again to the state’s youth via motivational talking and obtained recognition from the Texas State Senate and the Texas Home of Representatives for his efforts.
“I’m so grateful for one more alternative to showcase my expertise to everybody tuning in on FOX,” stated Juárez. “That is one other step up combat for me. Rivera has twice as many fights as me, so I do know he will probably be harmful due to that have. I simply really feel I’m on one other degree and I need to show to everybody that I’m worthy of being checked out as a world-class fighter. I’ve taken my coaching to the following degree and I’m getting higher with every combat. My confidence is at an all-time excessive and I can’t wait to throw down on June 27.”
Preventing out of Santa Rosa, Philippines, Rivera (21-5, 18 KOs) returns to motion after dropping a call to two-division champion Rances Barthelemy in January on FOX. The 28-year-old has received 4 of his final six contests, together with a 12-round choice victory over Rodel Wenceslao in 2020. Rivera will combat within the U.S. for the third time as a professional on June 27, having additionally confronted gifted prospect Malik Hawkins. He has proven the flexibility to bounce again from adversity earlier than, having put collectively a 10-fight successful streak following a loss in his professional debut in 2011.
“I’m prepared for my return to the ring,” stated Rivera. “This time, there will probably be no excuses. All the pieces I do from this level on is my journey to greatness. Omar Juárez higher be prepared for conflict, as a result of I’m going to provide him every thing he can deal with.”