Former Tremendous Welterweight World Champion Tony Harrison Battles Robust Contender Bryant Perrella in FOX PBC Struggle Evening Principal Occasion & on FOX Deportes Saturday, April 17 from
Undefeated Tremendous Light-weight Sensation Omar Juarez to Return in Co-Principal Occasion In opposition to Veteran Jessie Roman
Thrilling Rising Prospect Vito Mielnicki Jr. Kicks Off Motion Starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
LOS ANGELES (March 23, 2021) – Former WBC Tremendous Welterweight World Champion Tony “Superbad” Harrison will enter the ring to face hard-hitting southpaw Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella within the tremendous welterweight predominant occasion of FOX PBC Struggle Evening and on FOX Deportes Saturday, April 17 from Shrine Auditorium and Expo Corridor in Los Angeles.
Televised protection begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and options undefeated rising contender Omar “El Relampago” Juarez stepping up versus veteran Jessie Roman within the 10-round tremendous light-weight co-main occasion. The telecast opener will see the return of sensational prospect Vito Mielnicki Jr. towards James Martin in an eight-round welterweight matchup.
The occasion shall be promoted by TGB Promotions and can happen with out followers in attendance on the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Corridor, an AEG venue, in downtown Los Angeles.
“Former world champion Tony Harrison is without doubt one of the brightest stars within the tremendous welterweight division and can look to indicate that he’s able to reclaim a world championship stay in primetime on April 17,” stated Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Tony’s will and talent makes him a troublesome matchup for anybody at 154-pounds, however he may also have all he can deal with within the very gifted Bryant Perrella, who shall be making his debut within the division. This thrilling predominant occasion is buoyed by rising stars Omar Juarez and Vito Mielnicki Jr. competing in separate fights as a part of a jam-packed evening on FOX that boxing followers received’t wish to miss.”
The satisfaction of Detroit, Michigan, Harrison (28-3, 21 KOs) spent his early boxing profession below the tutelage of the late Emanuel Steward within the legendary Kronk Health club. As knowledgeable, the 31-year-old was nonetheless thought of one of the expert fighters within the sport regardless of arising quick in his first two makes an attempt at a world title. The third time was the allure for Harrison, who shocked the boxing world in December 2018 by outpointing long-time champion Jermell Charlo to earn the WBC title in Brooklyn on FOX. Their rematch one 12 months later ranks among the many finest fights of 2019. Harrison and Charlo fought mano-a-mano till Charlo stopped him within the eleventh spherical to regain the belt.
“Because of the pandemic, we’ve misplaced lots of people over the past 12 months, together with my father Ali Salaam, and I’m dedicating this struggle and the remainder of my profession to him,” stated Harrison. “My father was at all times there in my nook, and I’ll proceed with him proper by my aspect spiritually. However my brother L.J. is my head coach now and we’re working onerous to organize for a troublesome fighter in Perrella. I’m coming off the longest layoff of my profession, so I’m simply excited to get again in motion. The realest fighter within the recreation is coming again and I’m glad we’re going to be bringing this struggle to everybody on free TV on FOX. This struggle shall be fireworks and I’ll be searching for at any time when it’s execution time. After I see the chance, I’ll knock his head off and put it on my mantle.”
The 31-year-old Perrella (17-3, 14 KOs) started boxing at age 15, amassing a formidable 70-9 newbie report earlier than turning professional in 2012. Combating out of Fort Myers, Florida, Perrella rose rapidly by way of the professional ranks, stopping 13 of his first 14 opponents, together with a second-round TKO over previously-unbeaten David Grayton in June 2016. Three months later, he suffered his first professional defeat towards present welterweight world champion Yordenis Ugas. Perrella bounced again from a detailed loss to Luis Collazo in August 2018 with a call victory over Breidis Prescott and a stoppage of Domonique Dolton in his 2019 marketing campaign. In Perrella’s final bout, in February 2020, he was on the quick finish of a controversial, last-second knockout by the hands of Abel Ramos, in a bout the place Perrella was forward on scorecards.
“I’ve made large adjustments in my recreation and they’ll mirror a more adept fighter after I step in towards Tony Harrison,” stated Perrella. “I don’t care about standing or resume heading into this struggle. I’m coming to do what I do finest, and that’s dominate. I can’t wait to get in there and carry out on April 17.”
Juarez (10-0, 5 KOs) has been lauded as a lot for his work exterior the ring as he has for what he’s completed in it. After graduating highschool in his native Brownsville, Texas, Juarez devoted himself to giving again to the state’s youth. Nonetheless solely 21, he has spoken to shut to 40,000 group members and obtained recognition from the Texas State Senate and the Texas Home of Representatives. Within the ring, Juarez was a extremely adorned newbie who turned professional in September 2018. He notched 4 wins in 2020, together with a vicious first-round TKO over Raul Chirino on December 26 that signaled his readiness for the subsequent degree.
“Phrases can’t describe how blessed I’m to be combating on FOX as soon as once more,” stated Juarez. “As at all times, I’m going into this struggle towards Jessie Roman with victory on my thoughts. This shall be my hardest struggle thus far, and I do know what must be carried out to come back out on high. I left Brownsville to be in San Antonio with my coach Rick Nunez and we have now a fantastic recreation plan in place. Coaching camp has already began, and I’ll be able to go come struggle evening. April 17 can’t come quickly sufficient. It’s go time!”
The 29-year-old Roman (22-4, 11 KOs) represents a big step up in school for Juarez. A revered newbie, Roman received his first 16 professional bouts earlier than a disputed majority determination loss to Carlos Sanchez in Sanchez’s native Mexico. He appeared headed for a possible world title shot after stopping Luis Joel Gonzalez in April 2017 and following it up with a TKO over Erick Daniel Martinez that June. Nonetheless, the Backyard Grove, California native was derailed by a factors loss to harmful veteran and former newbie rival Javier Molina in June 2018.
“After a setback comes a serious comeback,” stated Roman. “I do know that as a result of I at all times come again stronger than earlier than. I can’t wait to square-off towards Juarez and show that after once more, all whereas bringing a fantastic struggle for the followers to get pleasure from.”
Representing Roseland, New Jersey, Mielnicki (8-0, 5 KOs) started turning heads throughout an distinctive newbie profession the place he compiled a 147-22 report and was named the Most Excellent Boxer of the 2011 Junior Nationwide Golden Gloves amongst many accolades earlier than turning professional. The 18-year-old was ready so as to add 4 victories to his ledger in 2020 and he kicked off his 2021 marketing campaign with a knockout of Noe Lopez in February on FOX.
“Coaching goes nice. I at all times keep prepared so I don’t need to prepare,” stated Mielnicki. “I’m glad that I’m getting proper again within the ring so I can showcase my expertise once more. In my final struggle, I launched myself to the world on the most important viewing platform of my profession. I count on a troublesome sturdy Philly fighter within the ring with me on April 17 and I’m excited to return to FOX with one other nice efficiency.”
The 23-year-old Martin (6-2) first turned professional in 2017 and received his first 4 fights to start his profession. Combating out of Philadelphia, Martin has received two of his final three showdowns relationship again to late 2019, and his most up-to-date outing noticed him drop a call to unbeaten prospect Xander Zayas in February.
“I’m going to field good and convey the stress,” stated Martin. “I do know my opponent is an efficient fighter and a win over him would get me a whole lot of discover. I sit up for showcasing all of my expertise on this struggle on April 17.”