Where Will Matchroom Boxing’s Return To America Take Place?

Recently, Eddie Hearn stated that Matchroom Boxing could make its return to America by mid-August. This would come after “Matchroom Fight Camp“, which will take place in his old childhood home in England this summer. It didn’t take long for Hearn to provide fans with all the necessary details.

Via social media, Hearn announced that a stacked card will be taking place in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 15. Julio Cesar Martinez will defend his WBC Flyweight Title against mandatory challenger McWilliams Arroyo. Also on the card will be the rebooked Undisputed Welterweight Championship fight between champion Cecilia Braekhus and Jessica McCaskill.

“We are ready to return in the States and just like Fight Camp in the UK, we plan to do things differently,” said Hearn. “We are heading outdoors in Tulsa, Oklahoma and we’re planning something unique and special for this double World championship header that should both thrill in the ring.

“Julio Cesar Martinez is a beast and one of the most exciting World champions in boxing. It’s Mexico v Puerto Rio as he faces mandatory challenger McWilliams Arroyo in a guaranteed thriller. In the co-main event, we stage the Undisputed Welterweight championship between Cecilia and Jessica which promises to be an electric pace between two great champions.

Martinez (16-1, 1NC) is on a two-fight win streak. He won the vacant WBC title against Cristofer Rosales back in December 2019. He last fought in February, beating Jay Harris to defend his title. “El Rey” hasn’t lost a bout since his first pro fight in 2015.

“I am so happy to be back in the ring again and I promise you another war on August 15,” said Martinez. “With the unification fights ahead of me, it is important to take care of my mandatory challengers and I expect a tough fight with Arroyo. I believe 2020 and 2021 will see me unify and become undisputed and I can’t wait put a smile back on boxing fans faces.”

Arroyo (20-4) is on a three-fight win streak, winning three fights in 2019. His last fight was a retirement-win against Juan Gabriel Medina back in December. A WBO Latino Flyweight Champion, Arroyo is 4-2 in his last six fights.

“I am very happy with this opportunity that my promoters Miguel Cotto Promotions, H2 Entertainment and Golden Boy Promotions have given me since I am ranked number #1 in the WBC and I am following my dream of becoming a World champion,” said Arroyo.

The bout between Braekhus (36-0) and McCaskill (8-2) was supposed to take place on April 17 before the coronavirus postponed the fight card. Braekhus is looking for her 26th-straight title defense of the undisputed welterweight titles. In her eleventh professional fight, “The First Lady” beat Vinni Skovgaard via unanimous decision for the WBA and WBC Welterweight Titles. Her last bout was a unanimous decision win over Victoria Bustos back in November.

“Finally we have a new fight date and I cannot wait to return to battle,” said Braekhus. “It’s been an extended camp in Big Bear with my new trainer Abel Sanchez and I’m very excited to defend my world titles against Jessica on August 15. I know how tough of a fight this is and will be well prepared for victory.”

McCaskill, the WBA and WBC Super-Lightweight Champion, has won three in a row since losing to Katie Taylor back in 2017. A win against Braekhus could bring her one step closer to a Taylor rematch. This is also something Braekhus is looking into.

“I’m just looking to make history and shock the world as I usually do every time,” said McCaskill. “I’m expecting to knock out Cecilia. I don’t know what round, but this extra time we’ve got to train before the fight is definitely going to make us a lot sharper and a lot stronger and smarter overall.”

Other fighters on the card include:

  • Uzbekistani Shakhram Giyasov (9-0) defending his WBA International Super-Lightweight Title against Francisco Rojo (22-3)
  • Marc Castro (pro debut) 
  •  Nikita Ababiy (8-0) 
  •  Raymond Ford (5-0) 

No venue has been revealed yet for this fight card. More bouts are also expected to be announced within the next few weeks.

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