Evander Holyfield’s The Real Deal Boxing in association with the World Boxing Council and Louisville’s Top Knotch has announced a stellar undercard for the ‘Jose Sulaiman World Invitational Tournament’ set for Friday, April 27, 2018 at the KFC YUM! Center.
Tickets starting at $35 are now on sale and be purchased through the KFC Yum! Center box office, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. The KFC Yum! Center is located at 1 Arena Plaza, Louisville, KY 40202. Doors will open on the night of the event at 6:00 p.m. with the first bell at 7:00 p.m.
“The international and local interest in Louisville for the tournament has been outstanding and we’re very excited to add these tremendous undercard bouts to our four first round matchups,” said Holyfield. “All six of these undercard fights will enhance the evening and make this a truly memorable experience for fight fans.”
Headlining the undercard will be the highly anticipated return of Louisville, KY based, undefeated phenom Carlos Dixon, (2-0-0, 1 KO’s) fighting in a four-round junior lightweight battle against an opponent to be announced. The 21-year-old Dixon returns to action following a decision victory on October 19, 2017 over Archie Weah in Atlanta, GA. On June 24, 2017, impressed the Louisville fight fans with a stunning first round knockout in his professional debut against DeAngelo Huggins.
Boxing since he was the age of 14 guided by his father James Dixon, Carlos was an outstanding amateur.
Winning the 2012 Silver Gloves, Dixon continued his path winning Kentucky Silver Gloves three times in addition to the Junior Open Golden Gloves and was a three-time Golden Gloves Regional Champion.
Dixon’s illustrious amateur career culminated with him being ranked #7 in the nation in 2017 prior to turning professional.
Making his professional debut and also fighting out of Louisville, KY is former amateur standout Trevis Burgos. The 20-year-old will make his professional debut in a four-round welterweight bout against an opponent to be announced.
2018’s Ring Magazine Women’s Prospect of the Year, Alycia Baumgardner, (5-0-0, 4 KO’s), of Fremont, OH will clash with battle-tested Kirstie Simmons, (8-3-0, 2 KO’s), of Aurora, CO in a scheduled six round junior lightweight bout.
Starting her professional career with four first round knockouts in 2017, Baumgardner is returning to battle following the biggest win of her professional career, an eight round unanimous decision over Nydia Feliciano on February 10, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA. The victory earned Baumgardner the WBC International Women’s Junior Lightweight Title.
The southpaw Simmons has faced top competition in her five years as a professional including fights with Heather Hardy and Kaliesha West.
Just 19-years-old, Detroit’s Janelson Bocachica has quickly moved to the top of the sports’ prospect lists, quickly compiling a record of 9-0-0 with six knockouts. On April 27, Bocachica will face the toughest test as a pro; a scheduled six round junior middleweight bout against veteran Pablo Sanchez, (10-2-0, 5 KO’s), of Greenwood, IN.
In Bocachica’s last action, he knocked out Victor Gaytan in the fifth round in Philadelphia, PA. Sanchez will be looking to add to his two-fight winning streak, having scored a six-round decision victory over Robelle Rogers on March 24, 2018.
Heavy-handed and undefeated cruiserweight Joshua Temple, (5-0-0, 4 KO’s), of St. Louis MO, faces off against an opponent to be announced in a scheduled six round bout.
Standing 6’4”, the 25-year-old Temple has quickly impressed boxing fans with his skills and power since turning professional in July of 2016. In his last action, Temple won a hard-fought unanimous decision over Bryan Daniels on October 19, 2017 in Atlanta, GA.
Heavyweights will see action in a scheduled six round bout as undefeated prospect Marcus Carter, (5-0-0, 5 KO’s), of Detroit, MI seeks to extend his knockout streak against veteran Antwaun Taylor, (4-6-0, 1 KO) of Cincinnati, OH.
The 20-year-old Carter is best known in the legendary fight town of Detroit for his show-stopping knockouts, most recently stopping Eric Cason in the second round on March 26, 2017.
Below are the previously announced 10-round welterweight matchups for the ‘Jose Sulaiman World Invitational Tournament.’
#1 ranked FELIX DIAZ, (19-2-0, 9 KO’s) of Santa Domingo, D.R. will clash with #8 ranked DERRIECK CUEVAS, (16-0-1, 13 KO’s) of Catano, Puerto Rico.
#2 ranked CHRIS VAN HEERDEN, (25-2-1, 12 KO’s) of Johannesburg, South Africa, faces #7 ranked TIMO SCHWARZKOPF, (18-1-0, 10 KO’s) of Stuttgart, Germany.
#3 ranked FREDRICK LAWSON, (26-1-0, 21 KO’s) battles #6 ranked BAISHANBO NASIYWULA, (13-1-1, 6 KO’s), of Urumqi, China.
#4 ranked RADZHAB BUTAEV, (8-0-0, 6 KO’s) of Russia faces #5 ranked BRAD SOLOMON, (27-1-0, 9 KO’s), of Douglasville, Georgia.
The two alternates chosen by the fan voting include FRANCISCO SANTANA, (26-6-1, 12 KO’s), of Santa Barbara, CA and PADDY GALLAGHER, (13-3-0, 8 KO’s) of Belfast, Northern Ireland.