Full Card Revealed For David Benavidez-Led Showtime Event
It was previously reported that Showtime Boxing will hold fight cards until December. Now, the entire main card and undercard have been announced for a championship-defending fight inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.
The main event on August 15 will be David Benavidez defending his WBC Super-Middleweight Title against Roamer Alexis Angulo.
“David Benavídez will look to keep his perfect record intact, continue to display his superstar potential and further cement his positioning in the stacked 168-pound division,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “As an undefeated world champ, Benavídez can expect a strong challenge from Alexis Angulo, which should create an action-packed main event on SHOWTIME. Combined with a battle of hungry unbeaten lightweights in ‘Rolly’ Romero and Jackson Maríñez, plus a heavyweight slugfest between Otto Wallin and Travis Kauffman, this shapes up to be another can’t miss night of high-stakes action.”
Benavidez (22-0) made his boxing debut in 2013. He beat Ronald Gavril for the vacant WBC Super-Middleweight Title and won the rematch against him. The 23-year-old would win a non-title bout against J’Leon Love and would then beat Anthony Dirrell via TKO back in September. If he were to win, a clash against Caleb Plant may be in his future.
“It’s been almost a year since the last time I fought, so I’m very eager to get back in the ring and give the fans a great fight,” said Benavídez. “Training camp has been amazing. Fortunately, my dad opened his own gym just before the pandemic, so we’ve had private training and been able to safely bring in sparring partners to help me work. I’m facing a very tricky and rugged fighter, so I’m taking him very seriously. I feel like I can take advantage of some openings in his defense and look for the knockout like I do every fight.”
Angulo (26-1) is on a three-fight win streak. The 36-year-old won his last bout against Anthony Sims Jr. via split decision. With 22 wins via knockout, this will be his second time fighting for super-middleweight gold; he lost to Gilberto Ramirez for the WBO Super-Middleweight Title in 2018.
A co-feature will see Rolando Romero facing Jackson Marinez for the interim WBA Lightweight Title. Romero (11-0) has won his last six bouts via some form of knockout, with ten overall. His last fight was in February, beating Arturs Ahmetovs. Marinez (19-0) won four fights in 2019. His last bout was a TKO win against Yardley Armenta Cruz in December.
Finally, Otto Wallin will return to action against Travis Kauffman. Wallin (20-1, 1NC) last fought in September, almost beating lineal heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury. The 29-year-old cut Fury above his eye, which was deep enough that the fight almost got called. Wallin ended up losing via unanimous decision while Fury needed 47 stitches. Scheduled to face Lucas Browne earlier this year, Wallin had to back out following a stress fracture in his left foot. Recovering, Wallin believes he had a case of the coronavirus not that long ago and has been isolating in his home in New York.
“I’m very happy to finally be back in the ring,” said Wallin. “It’s been a long and crazy year in many ways and it feels great to be getting ready to step back into the ring. I’ve been training steady since the Fury fight and I feel like I’ve developed my game in a lot of ways. Kauffman is a tough veteran that can both come forward or box if he wants to. He’s a fan-friendly fighter and I have to be ready at all times. We have a great game plan as always and I’m in excellent shape. I know I have all the tools to beat Kauffman.”
Kauffman (32-3) is 2-2 in his last four fights and is coming off of a loss against former title contender Luis Ortiz back in 2018. He has not fought since then, as he was healing from shoulder surgery.
Other fights on the card include:
- Alantez Fox (26-2-1) v. Habib Ahmed (27-1-1)
The action begins at 9 p.m. ET.