Fight updates: Trout-Galarza; Ramirez-Edwards; Bradley-Vargas
Former world super welterweight champion Austin Trout will now face Luis Galarza on Saturday after Anthony Mundine was forced to withdraw earlier this week with an ear infection.
US-based Puerto Rican Galarza, 31, last fought in September 2013 when taking his record to 20-3, although Trout represents only the third fighter of his career with a winning record. ‘El Taino’ has twice been defeated by journeymen and lost out in five rounds to IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook on the Briton’s US debut back in 2011.
The bout takes place at State Farm Arena in Texas and also features Jamie McDonnell v Tomoki Kameda and Omar Figueroa v Ricky Burns.
On June 12 at a venue to be determined, super middleweight sensation Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez returns to action in what could arguably be the Mexican’s toughest test to date. The 23 year-old, who has won all 31 of his contests and scored 24 stoppages, is on the cusp of a world title and is excited by the further step-up.
“Derek Edwards defeated the current WBC champion (Badou Jack) in just one round. I think that if I am able to win this fight I will be considered as a serious title contender. I know he is a tough rival. He’s always going forward, but we’re working on the strategy to defeat him,” said Ramirez.
Just over two weeks’ later on June 27 in California, Timothy Bradley is set to battle Jessie Vargas on the WBA 140lb champion’s debut at 147. Bradley, 31, hasn’t recorded a victory since beating Juan Manuel Marquez back in October 2013 having lost to Manny Pacquiao and drew with Diego Chaves in 2014.
The fight has not yet been officially announced, although both boxers has taken to social media to state their intention to meet on the date in question.