For ticket information and event details CLICK HERE ESPN and Golden Boy Promotions announced in January a 42 card partnership over the course of 2017 (18 cards) and 2018 (24 cards).
In doing so, Golden Boy CEO and Boxing Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya essentially secured two years of international exposure for his stable of prospects on ESPN’s networks in Latin America, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia and parts of Asia.
Saturday, Golden Boy on ESPN will be making its second appearance in the Old Pueblo in 3 months as a part of that series.
“When we launched Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN, I promised that we would showcase competitive fights every time out,” De La Hoya said.
“We have delivered on each and every card, and the July 29 main event between two hungry contenders in Ali and Perez will give fans exactly what they have come to expect from this series.” Ali and Perez will be fighting in a 10 round main event bout for the vacant WBA-NABA USA welterweight title.
Casual boxing fans will see a long acronym attached to a weight class and the word “title” and they tend to dismiss the bout all together.
It doesn’t have the same ring to it or carry the same weight to it as being an outright world title bout would. What fighting for these world regional belts, such as the NABA, NABO or NABF for example, does put the fighters who hold these titles directly in line to fight the champions of the world in their weight class.
They become the mandatory challengers for the reigning world champs.
For ticket information and event details CLICK HERE On paper, this is actually an excellent main event on the surface.
Both fighters have been close to hoisting world title belts at some point in their careers, so neither will be intimidated.
Both come into this one seeing it as a pivotal bout in their careers.
This bout will most likely put the winner on deck to fight at the MGM in Las Vegas or be a pay-per-view main event challenger on the world stage.