IBF light heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev, the sole current world champion using a 100 per cent knock out ratio, will require his iron fists into California to the next defense of his name.
Beterbiev, that recently signed a long term pact with Top Rank, will face top contender Radivoje “hotrod ” Kalajdzic in the main event Saturday, May 4 at Stockton Arena. In the co-feature, Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas, the world’s longest-reigning 115-pound world champion, is likely to make the seventh defense of his IBF junior bantamweight title against No. 1 contender Ryuichi Funai.
And, in an six-round light weight special appeal, 18-year-old Stockton native and blue-chip prospect Gabriel Flores Jr. will faceoff against Eduardo Pereira.
Promoted by Top Rank, tickets priced at $175, $100, $65, $40, and $25 carry available to day, March 19 at 1-2 p.m. PT, also may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800 745 3000 or at Stockton Arena Ticket Office Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 pm and starting three hours before event time on event days.
“Leading Rank is excited to create big-time Boxing to Stockton on May 4,” said Best Rank chairman Bob Arum. Gabriel Flores Jr. is going to get the chance to perform before his hometown fans, and we welcome Jerwin Ancajas straight in a great struggle Funai. ”
“I will be quite excited to defend my IBF light heavyweight title on May 4 against a high quality competition like Radivoje Kalajdzic,” Beterbiev stated. “this is going to be a excellent struggle, and that I could ’t even wait to get in the ring and reveal yet again why I’m the greatest 175-pound boxer in the world. ”
“I’m thrilled to find this chance to struggle for a domain name against a great fighter such as Artur Beterbiev,” Kalajdzic stated. “This is likely to soon be a really exciting fight. We all struck hard, therefore expect fireworks. I’m centered on securing a victory and will require full advantage of the shot. A win unlocks so many doors for me personally and certainly will change my life. On May 4, the light heavyweight division is going to have a new world champion. ”
Beterbiev (13-0, 13 KOs), a 34-year-old native of Russia, turned pro in 2013 after an amateur career that included a pair of European Championships gold medals and a golden trophy at the 2009 World Championships. In only his sixth pro boutthat he knocked out former world champion Tavoris Cloud. He won the IBF crown November 20 17 with a fourth-round stoppage over Enrico Kölling in Fresno, California. Beterbiev defended his belt that the subsequent October, recovering from a second-round knock-down to prevent Callum Johnson in the fourth. Kalajdzic (241, 17 KOs) has won three in a row since an exceptionally contentious split decision loss to Marcus Browne, for example a fifth-round stoppage over then-unbeaten Travis Peterkin.
Flores (12-0, 5 KOs) was among those great U.S. amateurs lately, a Boxing prodigy who signed with Top Rank in 2016 at the age of 16. He also became the youngest fighter ever to sign a pro contract with Best Rank and will turn 1-9 three days before his departure against Pereira. He went 6-0 in 2018 and continue fought on Feb. 10, cruising into a six-round unanimous decision over Alex Torres Rynn. Flores is coming home to boost awareness for bullying from his area, an underlying cause that’s close and dear to his own heart.
“” I was born and raised in Stockton, plus it’s the city that I still call home. To find the chance to resist at the large stadium in front of my good close friends, family members, and biggest fans is a dream become a reality,”” Flores stated. “This is simply the beginning of my journey. One day, I’ll fill up this stadium for a world champion. I’m excited to work with my own platform to show children that it’s unacceptable and that we ought to treat everyone with respect and dignity. ”
“This fight in Stockton is twenty five years in the building,” said Rick Mirigian, event planner and Flores’ adviser. “This gorgeous arena sits to the waterfront, and Stockton is a true fight town. Search for fireworks in Flores Jr. within his home coming in what’s going to soon be the biggest televised sporting event the town has ever seen. ”
Ancajas (30-1-2, 20 KOs), a 27-year-old Filipino native, has been among the most active world champions in Boxing, protecting his belt three times apiece in 2017 and 2018. Unbeaten in 18 fights dating back into 2012, Ancajas is coming from a competitive draw versus Alejandro Santiago and is currently trying to rally against Funai (31-7, 22 KOs), who’s won seven successive fights. A native of Tokyo, Funai is a former Japanese super flyweight champion who made high contender status last June with an eighth-round KO over Warlito Parrenas. In his last departure, he knocked out Victor Emanuel Olivo in the second round to expand his KO streak into three.
“I was hard at work three weeks after my last struggle with Santiago,” Ancajas stated. “I’m am going to be in the greatest shape within my upcoming fight with Funai. Coming off my last struggle, I truly WISh to deliver a great performance and defend my domain name in style for those fans in Stockton and everyone watching on ESPN. ”
“I’m excited for this chance to battle for a domain name also to make my professional introduction in the united states,” Funai stated. “I know I’ve got the experience and the abilities to become the newest IBF champion of the entire world. Jerwin and that I admire one another, however this really is Boxing, and that I am going to fight out my heart. ”