Middleweight Dominic Wade and 2012 Olympians welterweight Errol Spence Jr. and light heavyweight Marcus Browne will put their unbeaten records on the line in a June 27 tripleheader on ShoBox: The Next Generation from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Golden Boy Promotions announced on Friday. All three of their bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds.
The 24-year-old Wade (15-0, 11 knockouts), of Largo, Md., was last in action for a second-round stoppage of Marcus Upshaw in April and will face Nick Brinson (16-1-2, 6 KOs), of Albany, N.Y., in the main event.
Brinson, 26, is 9-0-1 since falling by seventh-round stoppage to Lennox Allen in November 2010 and is coming off a unanimous decision over Lester Gonzalez in October.
A 24-year-old from Desoto, Texas, Spence (12-0, 10 KOs) will be after his fourth consecutive stoppage win in the co-feature against Ronald Cruz (20-3, 15 KOs), a Puerto Rico native who resides in Bethlehem, Pa. Spence is coming off April's first-round technical knockout of Raymond Charles.
Cruz, 27, is attempting to rebound from a unanimous decision loss to two-time beltholder Kermit Cintron in March that ended his run of three consecutive stoppage wins.
Browne (10-0, 7 KOs), 23, of Staten Island, N.Y., was last in the ring for a unanimous decision over Otis Griffin in April. Browne is taking a major step in facing two-time title challenger Yusaf Mack (31-7-2, 17 KOs), a 34-year-old Philadelphia resident who has lost his last three fights. Mack is coming off a unanimous decision loss to unbeaten Thomas Williams of Fort Washington, Md., in November.
The ShoBox telecast will air live beginning at 9:30 p.m., ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), immediately following the premiere of All Access: Canelo vs. Lara in advance of the July 12 HBO Pay-Per-View clash between junior middleweights Saul Alvarez and Erislandy Lara.
ZSOLT DARANYI SIGNS WITH CAMERON DUNKIN, TOP RANK
Welterweight Zsolt Daranyi has signed a promotional and managerial deal with Cameron Dunkin and Top Rank ahead of his professional debut.
Born in Budapest, Hungary, Daranyi now lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with his father, Zsolt Sr., his mother, Magdi and younger sister Sabrina, 10. Daranyi also has two older siblings not living at home, a brother, Tibor, 28, and sister, Gina, 20. Daranyi, 19, speaks fluent English and Hungarian.
"I knew from the age of 15 that I wanted to be a professional fighter. The sport is in my blood. It is in my nature. I know this is what I'm meant to be doing. It's an honor to sign with Cameron Dunkin and Top Rank," said of Daranyi, who is coached by 1992 Olympic bronze medalist Chris Johnson. "Cameron is the best manager in the world. I get along very well with him. I know he's a good person. Top Rank is the best promoter in the world. I really believe I have all the right people around me."
Dunkin said he has been watching Daranyi for three years.
"I’m very excited about Zsolt turning pro. His trainer, Chris Johnson contacted me three years ago and I've been watching him since that time. I have all the respect in the world for Chris, not only as a trainer but as a man. I'm really excited because of Zsolt's love for Jesus Christ. He is so level-headed and has his life in order," said Dunkin.
"I look for really big things from him. I think Top Rank is perfect for him. I signed another young man from Canada a few years ago with Top Rank, Mikael Zewski, who is now 23-0, and they have done a great job with him. I'm really looking forward to Top Rank doing big things in Canada with both of these young men."