Top Rank Confirms Upcoming Fights For Jose Pedraza, Emanuel Navarrete, Joshua Greer Jr.
Now that Top Rank is back and ready to roll, the next few weeks of boxing have been planned out.
Via a press release, Top Rank has announced fights for shows taking place on June 16, 18, and 20. Former champions and current contenders are set to fight in non-title bouts inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. One card will take place in the TV Azteca Studios in Mexico City.
“It is exciting to see these great fighters back in action and in fights that promise to be action-packed,” said Top Rank’s Bob Arum. “Greer and Pedraza have tough opponents in front of them, but if they are victorious, we could see them in world title fights before the end of the year. Navarrete is the king of the 122-pounders, a throwback fighter who wants to stay as active as possible.”
All events will air on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Including the main and co-main events of the evening, here are the full cards for the next few weeks of June:
- Main Event – Joshua Greer Jr. vs. Mike Plania
Fighting three times in 2019, Greer (22-1-1) was able to capture the WBC Continental Americas Bantamweight Title and the WBC-NABO Bantamweight Title. He is currently the number one-ranked bantamweight for the WBO. Plania (23-1) hasn’t lost a bout since 2018, winning eight in a row. His last fight (5th of 2019) was a unanimous decision win over Giovanni Gutierrez in December.
“Whoever the opponent is, it doesn’t matter. I prepare the same,” Greer said. “Every fight is a world title fight for me. I’m ranked number one in the world, so I have to take advantage of this opportunity. ‘Mr. ESPN’ is back!”
- Co-Main Event – Antonio DeMarco v. Giovani Santillan
On a two-fight losing streak, DeMarco (33-8-1) is looking for his first win since 2017. The last time he was knocked out, however, was against Adrien Broner in 2012.
Santillan (25-0) fought once in 2019, beating Wilfrido Buelvas via knockout. The 28-year-old has 15 wins via knockout.
- Nikoloz Sekhniashvili (5-0) v. Isiah Jones (8-1)
- Edward Vazquez (7-0) v. TBD
- Hector Perez (6-2) v. Juan Torres (5-2-1)
- Main Event – Jose Pedraza v. Mikkel LesPierre
Pedraza (26-3) was rumored for June a while back. He was supposed to face Javier Molina in May in California. On the Jose Ramirez-Viktor Postol card, the bout was postponed due to the coronavirus. 2-2 in his last four fights, Pedraza beat Raymundo Beltran in August 2018 for the WBO Lightweight Title before losing it to Vasiliy Lomachenko in December of that year. He rebounded with a TKO win over Antonio Lozada Jr. before losing to Jose Zepeda in September.
“I am very excited to finally return to the ring after this long break. During quarantine, I made adjustments and trained hard from home, Pedraza said. “Despite everything that is happening in the world, my team and I have had a great training camp. I have done many runs up the mountains in Cidra, Puerto Rico. I am now focused on giving the fans a great show on June 18 against Mikkel LesPierre. We know he is a world-class fighter, but I am, too, and I am determined to return to the top once again.”
LesPierre (22-1-1) is coming off of a win against Roody Pierre Paul in December. He is 2-1 in his last three fights.
- Co-Main Event – Gabriel Flores Jr. v. Josec Ruiz
Flores (17-0) won five fights in 2019. The 20-year-old last fought in February, beating Matt Conway via unanimous decision. Ruiz (21-2-3) hasn’t lost a bout since 2013. The 25-year-old last fought in October, beating Ramon De La Cruz Sena via DQ.
- David Kaminsky (6-0) v. Clay Collard (6-2-3)
- Frevian Gonzalez (2-0) v. TBD
- Victor Rodriguez (2-0, v. Justin Horsley (0-1)
- Main Event – Emanuel Navarrete v. Uriel Lopez
The WBO Junior-Featherweight Champion in Navarrete (31-1) is not expected to defend his title and it will be promoted by Zanfer. Navarrete last fought in February, beating Jeo Santisima via TKO. Lopez (13-13-1) is 3-3 in his last six and is on a three-fight losing streak.
- Carlos Ornelas (25-2) v. Edwin Palomares (12-3-1)
- Sergio Chirino Sanchez (14-1) v. Gustavo Alan Pina (8-2)
- Silvia Torres (20-2-2) v. Edith de Jesus Flores
- Ivan Armando Garcia (5-0) v. Roberto Palomares (5-4-1)