Keyshawn Davis, the lightweight star who earned a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics, has a golden opportunity to glow on just one of boxing’s most important platforms. Davis (3-, 2 KOs), in his very first battle because signing a prolonged-phrase offer with Major Rank, will experience Mexican veteran Jose Zaragoza (8-3-1, 2 KOs) in a 6-round bout Saturday, Dec. 11 on the undercard of the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Richard Commey light-weight principal function.
Middleweight prospect Nico Ali Walsh (2-, 2 KOs), grandson of “The Best,” Muhammad Ali, will battle fellow unbeaten Reyes Sanchez (6-, 2 KOs) in the four-spherical televised opener.
Lomachenko-Commey, an 8-spherical heavyweight showdown concerning Jared Anderson and Oleksandr Teslenko, Davis-Zaragoza and Ali Walsh-Reyes will air reside on ESPN and ESPN Deportes (simulcast on ESPN+) at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT following the 2021 Heisman Trophy Ceremony.
Davis, one of boxing’s most sought-following promotional free of charge agents, signed a prolonged-time period agreement with Top rated Rank final thirty day period. His notoriety soared subsequent the Tokyo Olympics, a run that incorporated a knockout earn over France’s Sofiane Oumiha and a shut loss to Cuban legend Andy Cruz in the gold medal match. Zaragoza has received a few straight fights and has hardly ever been knocked out as a pro.
The complete undercard will stream dwell on ESPN+ at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT and is scheduled to involve the adhering to bouts:
Xander Zayas (11-, 8 KOs), the soaring Puerto Rican star and frontrunner for 2021 Prospect of the Yr, will struggle Italy’s Alessio Mastronunzio (9-1, 3 KOs) in a 6-round junior middleweight clash. Zayas is 5- with a few knockouts in 2021, including a fourth-spherical drubbing of Dan Karpency in October on the Shakur Stevenson-Jamel Herring undercard. Mastronunzio, who is generating his American debut, is 4- in 2021.
Undefeated welterweight Pablo “Pretty Boy” Valdez (5-, 4 KOs), the popular New York Metropolis ticket-seller from the Decrease East Side, is scheduled to battle Julio Cesar Sanchez (11-3, 6 KOs) in a 6-rounder. Valdez fought Oct. 30 at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Yard, outlasting Alejandro Martinez in a toe-to-toe group-pleaser.
Kelvin Davis (2-, 1 KO), the more mature brother of Keyshawn Davis, will clash with Bryan Emmanuel Ramirez (1-1-1, 1 KO) in a 4-rounder at welterweight. Kelvin Davis also signed with Major Rank past month.
In an 8-spherical struggle of unbeaten junior welterweights, John “El Terrible” Bauza (15-, 6 KOs) will encounter Michael “Boy Wonder” Williams Jr. (19-, 12 KOs). Bauza is coming off June’s next-round blitzing of Christon Edwards, when Williams seeks to tally his sixth victory of 2021.
Staten Island-born featherweight prospect James “Crunch Time” Wilkins (9-2, 6 KOs) hopes to thrill the property metropolis fans in an 8-rounder in opposition to Texas indigenous Juan Tapia (10-3, 3 KOs). Wilkins, who was homeless on the streets of Staten Island early in his professional job, can make his Madison Sq. Back garden debut with hopes of graduating to contender standing.
Previous Irish amateur superstar “Mighty” Joe Ward (5-1, 2 KOs) appears to make it 6 wins in a row towards Britton Norwood (10-3-1, 7 KOs) in a 6-round light-weight heavyweight tilt. Ward suffered a freak knee injuries in his Oct 2019 professional debut against Marco Delgado and shed via next-spherical TKO. He avenged the loss with a a person-sided final decision more than Delgado in March. As an amateur, Ward was a 3-time European Championships gold medalist, a 3-time World Championships medalist, and a 2016 Olympian.