Whereas all eyes will likely be on the extremely anticipated trilogy match between Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) and Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs), July 24 is shaping as much as be an enormous evening for the Heavyweight division as an entire.
As The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger reported, three Heavyweight fights will fill the night’s undercard earlier than Fury defends his WBC and The Ring Journal titles in opposition to Wilder.
Within the co-main occasion, unbeaten contenders Efe Ajagba (15-0, 12 KOs) and Frank Sanchez (18-0, 13 KOs) will meet in a pivotal bout that may cement the winner as a key participant within the division.
The 27-year-old Ajagba, a local of Nigeria, was a 2016 Olympian and is at present 15-0 with 12 knockouts as knowledgeable. In his most up-to-date bout final April, he stopped Brian Howard in simply three rounds. In the meantime, the 28-year-old Sanchez, a local of Cuba, is 18-0 as knowledgeable with 13 knockouts. He was final seen defeating Nagy Aguilera on the Canelo Alvarez-Billy Joe Saunders undercard this previous Could.
Earlier than Ajagba and Sanchez meet, an intriguing rematch between Robert Helenius (30-3, 19 KOs) and Adam Kownacki (20-1, 15 KOs) will happen. The 2 first met in March 2020 when Helenius scored a shocking fourth-round TKO victory over Kownacki on the Barclays Middle in Brooklyn, New York. Neither fighter has competed since that evening.
The 37-year-old Helenius is 30-3 in his skilled profession, with 19 of these victories coming by knockout. He’s gained back-to-back fights over Mateus Roberto Osorio and Kownacki. In the meantime, the 32-year-old Kownacki, a local of Poland, is at present 20-1 with 15 knockouts. Earlier than shedding to Helenius, he had by no means misplaced as knowledgeable.
Lastly, rising prospect Jared Anderson (9-0, 9 KOs) will make his return on the undercard as effectively, as he’s set to fulfill Russian southpaw Vladimir Tereshkin (22-0-1, 12 KOs).
The 21-year-old Anderson, who gained the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Nationwide Championships as an novice, made his skilled debut in 2019 and has since gone 9-0 with 9 knockouts. He’s competed twice in 2021 so far, as he stopped Kingsley Ibeh in February earlier than ending Jeremiah Karpency in April. Tereshkin, then again, can also be unbeaten at 22-0, however he’s been far much less lively, as he hasn’t competed since stopping Francisco Silvens in November 2019.
This occasion is predicted to happen on the T-Cell Enviornment in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will likely be broadcast as an ESPN/FOX joint pay-per-view.