Michael Dutchover: That is the 12 months that I grow to be a contender – The Ring


Light-weight prospect Michael Dutchover will face Ivan Leon Benitez on Might 28, it was introduced on Wednesday.

The ten-round bout will happen at Reed Enviornment, situated on the campus of Texas A&M College, in School Station, Texas, and can stream reside on UFC Struggle Cross (7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT).

Dutchover is taken into account one of many prime light-weight prospects in boxing at present and is co-promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions.

In his most up-to-date bout on July 26, Dutchover (14-1, 10 knockouts) defeated Jorge Marron Jr. by unanimous determination, in Corona, California. The battle passed off over 10 months after Dutchover suffered his solely skilled defeat by the hands of Thomas Mattice. That battle, which passed off in Dutchover’s hometown of Midland, Texas, was stopped in Spherical 8 after the ringside doctor dominated a lower over Dutchover’s eye, which was triggered from a punch from Mattice, was too deep to permit the battle to proceed.

Dutchover was scheduled to return to the ring on December 20 however needed to withdraw attributable to an harm suffered throughout coaching camp. Now residing and coaching in Santa Fe Springs, California, Dutchover believes he can contend in a stacked light-weight division.

“I used to be imagined to battle in December however I had an harm and issues occur for a cause,” mentioned Dutchover, who’s educated and managed by Danny Zamora. “I’m again in California coaching and am excited to get again within the ring. There isn’t any place that I might slightly battle than in Texas. I’ll have followers there from Midland and everywhere in the state. That is my fifth 12 months as an expert and that is the 12 months that I grow to be a contender.”

Benitez (14-4-1, 6 KOs) most not too long ago fought on December 8, preventing to a draw in opposition to Francisco Lopez Corrales, in Cadena, Mexico. In his earlier battle on February 21 of final 12 months, Benitez misplaced to George Acosta by unanimous determination.

The 20-year-old has been preventing as a professional since November 2015 and is assured he can grind out a win on the expense of Dutchover.

“I’ll have a troublesome activity forward of me in preventing Dutchover however Might twenty eighth will probably be my day,” mentioned Benitez, who resides in Cancun, Mexico.

“I will probably be ready to offer the followers an awesome present and beat my opponent. That is what I work for on a regular basis and he won’t derail my desires of changing into a future champion,”

Three prospects may also battle on the cardboard.

Within the co-feature, heavyweight Isaac Muñoz Gutierrez (12-0-1, 10 KOs), of Mexico Metropolis, will make his United States debut in opposition to an opponent to be decided in a 10-round bout. Gutierrez has not fought since September 2019 and has stopped his final six opponents.

Unbeaten light-weight Miguel Madueno (22-0, 20 KOs), of Orange, California, and junior welterweight Jamshidbek Najmitdinov (16-1, 13 KOs), of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, will battle in separate bouts.



Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October of 2013 and has coated boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He may be reached by e mail at [email protected] or on Twitter @FSalazarBoxing.



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