01
Mar
2021

PBC card featuring Brandon Figueroa, Joe Joyce and James DeGale will go ahead if Victor Ortiz is pulled

World Boxing News understands that this Sunday’s Premier Boxing Champions card will go ahead as planned.

Rumors the show could be scrapped due to rape charges against headliner Victor Ortiz have been quashed, WBN has been informed.

Ortiz, 31, handed himself into authorities on suspicion of three counts of sexual assault and is highly unlikely to keep his place.

Should Ortiz been unable to compete against John Molina a contingency plan is in place.

Brandon Figueroa’s fight with Oscar Escandon will be bumped to the top slot on FS1, with British heavyweight Joe Joyce as the co-feature.

Figueroa is currently 16-0 and pushing for a title shot at featherweight in 2019.

📸: Lawrence Lustig

Joyce is looking to impress on his US debut over ten rounds, whilst compatriot James DeGale also returns on the bill.

The two Great British Olympic medallists forms part of a 13-fight event at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in California.

A former two-time world champion, DeGale is facing an opponent to be named over eight.

Stablemate of Joyce, undefeated Kody Davies completes a UK trio.


FULL FS1 CARD (without Ortiz v Molina):

(10 – featherweight)

Brandon Figueroa v Oscar Escandon

(10 – heavyweight)

Joe Joyce v Iago Kiladze

(8 – light heavyweight)

Kody Davies v Jerhed Fenderson

(8 – light flyweight)

Jesse Rodriguez v Edwin Reyes

(8 – super middleweight)

James DeGale v TBA

(6 – super featherweight)

Arnold Alejandro v Francisco Camacho

(6 – heavyweight)

Efe Ajagba v Nick Jones

(6 – lightweight)

Carlos Balderas v Jose Salinas

(6 – super bantamweight)

Aaron Morales v Steve Lantry

(6 – super featherweight)

Viktor Slavinskyi v Mike Fowler

(4 – lightweight)

Omar Juarez v Matt Gavers

(4 – super welterweight)

Joey Spencer v Cory Macon

(4 – bantamweight)

Jose Balderas v Ivan Martino

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will feature a stacked lineup of undercard attractions leading up to the action-packed main event.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Ringstar Sports, are on sale and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.