Williams protégé DeLoach faces undefeated Castillo on June 25
Rising super welterweight prospects Justin DeLoach (14-1, 8 KOs) and Junior Castillo (10-0, 9 KOs) will meet in the eight-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on NBCSN Saturday, June 25 from the Scottish Rite Auditorium in San Antonio.
Televised coverage begins at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and will feature unbeaten Ryan “Cowboy” Karl (11-0, 8 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight contest against Mexico’s Luis “Muecas” Solis (14-6-4, 12 KOs) plus a showdown of unbeaten prospects when Darwin Price (12-0, 11 KOs) and Semajay Thomas (7-0, 4 KOs) compete in an eight-round super lightweight contest.
“I’m thrilled to be headlining on NBCSN and to once again perform in front of the great fans in San Antonio,” said DeLoach. “I’ve got a great deal of respect for Junior Castillo but I’m putting in the work with my new trainer Paul Williams and I plan on being victorious.”
“I know how tough DeLoach is, but I’m well prepared to stay undefeated on June 25,” said Castillo. “I’m an exciting fighter and boxing fans will have another chance to see me showcase my skills. I can’t wait.”
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Leija Battah Promotions and TGB Promotions, are priced at $100, $85 and $20 plus $1000 and $850 for tables, not including fees, and are on sale now. To purchase tickets call 210-988-8821 or visit Champion Fit Gym at 6824 San Pedro Ave. San Antonio, Texas 78216.
In his last bout, the 22-year-old DeLoach delivered a sensational knockout over previously unbeaten Dillon Cook in his first bout with new trainer and former world champion Paul Williams. The fighter from Augusta, Georgia turned pro in 2013 and won his first 10 fights before suffering a defeat in early 2015. DeLoach has rebounded masterfully with four wins in a row including victories over veterans Santos Benavides and Todd Manuel.
A 2012 Olympian for his native Dominican Republic, Castillo recorded a significant victory in his last bout when he defeated previously unbeaten and highly regarded Kyrone Davis over eight rounds in April. Castillo turned pro in 2013 and made his U.S. debut in December 2015 with victories over Eduardo Flores and Roland Nagy before his triumph in April.
An undefeated prospect representing Houston, Karl had an excellent amateur career that ended with him ranked third in the nation in the 141-pound division. The 24-year-old won six times in 2015 including an October domination of Alfonso Olvera at the Dancehall in San Antonio. Now he is primed to reach contender status as his competition improves beginning with the 24-year-old Solis of Mexico who comes in off of a fifth round knockout of Isidro Toala earlier this month.
Originally from St. Louis, Price’s road has led him to Houston where he now trains with Ronnie Shields. An exceptional athlete who was highly regarded in track and field as a teenager, the 26-year-old turned pro in 2013. His activity ramped up in 2015 as he took home four victories including a win in his first eight-round bout against Alvaro Ortiz in November.
A National Silver Gloves champion as an amateur, Thomas made it out of the roughest neighborhoods of Chicago and made his professional boxing debut in 2013. After winning his first six pro bouts, all in Chicago, the 23-year-old defeated Farkhad Sharipov in San Antonio in December 2015.