Kirkland-Hernandez Set For March Clash On FS1
Looking to return back to the top of the middleweight division, James Kirkland will head to Maryland to face Marcos Hernandez. The Premier Boxing Champions-produced event will be shown on FS1 on March 14 inside the MGM National Harbor.
“James Kirkland and Marcos Hernández both bring exciting styles to the ring that are sure to give the fans an action packed main event Saturday, March 14 live on FS1 from MGM National Harbor in Maryland,” stated TGM Promotions President Tom Brown. “Combined with Eimantas Stanionis, one of the 2016 Olympics’ most promising prospects, in a tough fight against the battle-tested Justin DeLoach, there will be high stakes drama in the ring for sure.”
This will be Kirkland’s (34-2) third fight since 2015. Following his TKO-loss to Nobuhiro Ishida in 2011, the first of his career, Kirkland went on a five-fight win streak with four knockout wins. He then faced Canelo Alvarez inside Minute Maid Park in Houston in 2015, losing the fight via TKO in round three. Knocked out multiple times, Kirkland needed time off to recuperate.
Following a stint in prison for robbery and gun charges, as well as separating from trainer Ann Wolfe, Kirkland returned to the ring back in August, beating Colby Courter via TKO. He then knocked out Jas Phipps in November in the Alamodome. Looking to reclaim the momentum he had as a potential title contender, a now-active Kirkland is ready to shine on a FOX broadcast.
“I’m very excited to make the most of this opportunity,” said Kirkland. “I want to thank my whole team, Davies Entertainment, PBC and Warriors Boxing, for putting me in this position. It’s truly a blessing to be back in the mix. I’m training hard and perfecting my craft like always. Look for me to bring fireworks on March 14.”
Kirkland faces off again 26-year-old Marcos Hernandez (14-3), who started fighting professionally when he was 20. Following a nine-fight win streak to start his career, Hernandez has gone 5-3-1. His last fight was a November loss to Kevin Newman II via unanimous decision, a rematch of their 2017 in which Hernandez won.
“It’s a dream come true to be in a fight like this against a dangerous man like James Kirkland,” said Hernández. “Everyone knows he has tremendous punching power and can take anyone out with one punch. But my plans are to take him to school and show him what a great boxer I am. At this point in my career, I’m ready to turn the corner and show everyone I have the talent to be a world champion. Everyone watching on FS1 will see a great battle between two warriors. The fans will get their money’s worth, that you can guarantee.”
In the co-main event, Eimantas Stanionis battles Justin DeLoach in a welterweight bout. Stanionis (10-0) last fought in December, beating Julio Cesar Sanchez via KO. It was his seventh win via the knockout. DeLoach (18-4) is coming off of a loss against Terrel Williams back in April. He is 2-3 in his last five and has nine wins via knockout.
Tickets for Kirkland v. Hernandez are on sale now and can be purchased at www.mgmnationalharbor.com.