The education of Rowan Campbell continues on Friday

Super middleweight Rowan Campbell. Photo credit: N-SQUARED

Super middleweight prospect Rowan Campbell gives meaning to the phrase “Learning on the job.”

With no amateur experience, Campbell has built an unbeaten record he hopes will lead to becoming a contender at 168 pounds.

Campbell will face Patrick Mukala Friday night at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, South Africa. The 12-round bout will headline a card promoted by Rodney Berman.

Campbell (10-0, 6 knockouts), who resides in nearby Johannesburg, most recently fought on May 10, defeating Yanga Phetani by unanimous decision over 10 rounds. Campbell has displayed more of his improved skill-set over his last three bouts, all of which have gone the distance.

Berman has been impressed with what Campbell has done thus far but believes Mukala could generate buzz with a solid victory over him.

“This (fight) features two outstanding young fighters,” Berman told The Ring on Tuesday. “Campbell is the South African champ and undefeated, an incredible feat having had no amateur experience at all. However Mukala is himself a very exciting talent with only one defeat on points against Ryno Liebenburg, in a fight regarded as being too early in his career. Campbell-Mukala will be an outstanding contest.”

The 25-year-old Mukala (11-1-1, 10 KOs), who is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo and now resides in Johannesburg, has not fought since his draw against Emmanuel Anim on September 21 of last year. Mukala is unbeaten in his last three bouts since his loss to Liebenburg in October of 2017.

In the co-feature, junior middleweight prospect Roarke Knapp will square off against Alexandr Zhuravskiy of Kazakhstan in a 10-round bout.

Knapp (8-0-1, 7 KOs), who resides in the Johannesburg suburb of Edenvale, knocked out Wynand Mulder in his most recent bout on May 10. The 21-year-old Knapp has won back-to-back bouts since his draw against fringe contender Eric Kapia on May 6 of last year.

Berman also high expectations on Knapp, who made his pro debut a month after his 18th birthday.

“Knapp’s encounter against Zhuravskiy will be something of a measuring stick, as Knapp comes against an opponent who recently fought to a draw against Boyd Allen,” said Berman. “I am predicting a great future for Knapp, who is one of the most talented fighters I have seen in South Africa in many years.”

Zhuravskiy’s (13-5-1, 11 KOs) majority draw against Allen took place on June 8, also in Kempton Park. Zhuravskiy is winless in his last four bouts, all against unbeaten fighters.

Unbeaten Ricardo Malajika (4-0, 3 KOs) will face Layton Gloss (5-2, 3 KOs) in a 10-round junior bantamweight bout.

In his most recent bout on June 8, Malajika knocked out Arnel Lubisi in the opening round of a clash between unbeaten South African fighters. Friday will mark Malajika’s first scheduled 10-round bout.

“Ricardo is one of the most decorated amateur fighters in South Africa,” said Berman. “He is also an outstanding prospect and, although having had only a handful of fights in the professional ranks, is far more mature than his record would suggest. Malajika is another great future prospect.”

Gloss has won five of his last six bouts since losing his pro debut to Lubisi in April of 2017.

 

 

Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, BoxingScene.com and FightNights.com. He can be reached by email at santio89@yahoo.com or on Twitter @FSalazarBoxing.

 

 

 

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Truax withdraws from Quillin rematch with torn Achilles

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Truax had been trying to rehab the injury since March

I think it’s safe to call Caleb Truax vs. Peter Quillin a cursed matchup at this point. The rematch, scheduled for an August 31st PBC on FOX card in Minneapolis, is off due to a Truax ankle injury. “Golden” reportedly tore his right Achilles tendon in March and “was attempting to rehabilitate the injury instead of having surgery” before ultimately withdrawing.

Though Erislandy Lara vs. Ramon Alvarez was technically the headliner, it’s safe to say Minnesota native Truax (30-4-2, 19 KO) was the main attraction for the local fans. This would have been his third consecutive fight at The Armory; back in April, he and Quillin (34-1-1, 23 KO) got to fight for six minutes before a clash of heads caused a fight-ending cut on Truax.

PBC has a couple of options to fit into the vacant FOX slot; my money’s on freakishly huge super welterweight Sebastian “Towering Inferno” Fundora’s bout with Jamontay Clark, though there’s also top Filipino prospect Reymart Gaballo’s bantamweight fight with Yeison Vargas. Truax-Quillin was definitely the sole bright spot on an otherwise forgettable card, but on the bright side, it was always going to be overshadowed by Lomachenko-Campbell anyway.

Brandon Figueroa vs. Javier Nicolas Chacon undercard

Unbeaten super lightweight prospect Omar “El Relámpago” Juarez will take on Gino de la Paz in a four or six round bout and hard-hitting Jaime “Jaimito” Arboleda will clash with Víctor Betancourt in a 10-round super featherweight match on FS1 PBC Fight Night and on FOX Deportes Saturday, August 24 from Bert Ogden Arena in […]

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Stephen Fulton has bigger plans ahead

Junior featherweight prospect Stephen Fulton. Photo credit: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Stephen Fulton belies the façade. His face is lean and stoic. Yet underneath, there is a confident edginess about him. He’s here, but he wants to be there, way ahead of 16 pro fights. In his head, he can’t sit still. The undefeated Philly super bantamweight has places to go and fighters to conquer.

“Cool Boy Steph,” a renowned amateur who’s forged a 16-0 record as a pro, with seven wins coming within the distance, wants to pull his finger off the patient button. The explosion is going to come, he vows, it’s just going to take a little more time before he breaks loose and makes a larger name for himself on the boxing landscape.

And the way Fulton sees it, beating undefeated fighters like Isaac Avelar (16-0, 10 KOs) is another step towards getting there.

Fulton will meet the 21-year-old Mexican this Saturday night from the Bert Ogden Arena, in Edinburg, Texas, as part of the FS1 PBC Fight Night show (10PM ET/ 7PM PT), under the Brandon Figueroa-Javier Chacon 12-round super bantamweight bout, which will be for Figueroa’s interim WBA super bantamweight title.

Avelar is the sixth undefeated fighter Fulton, 25, will be facing in his young pro career.

Cool Boy Steph enters this fight off his most impressive victory to date, dominating former IBF super bantam beltholder Paulus Ambunda in May, while winning the IBO super bantam title in the process.

“I am happy, but I want step up 10 times more, because there are fighters who have never reached the level I have, and I Still have more to do,” Fulton said. “I have reached new heights, but I’m also not comfortable. This is the third time I’m fighting this year, and I want to get there one more time before the end of the year.”

Fulton is also very aware that Figueroa is fighting on the same card. Figueroa expressed an interest in fighting Fulton in the future, though both have their sights set on 122-pound IBF/WBA beltholder Daniel Roman.

“I want a beltholder next, but if I have to fight (Figueroa) to get to where I have to go, I’m not against that,” Fulton said. “If I have to go through (Figueroa) to get to Roman, then I will. I’ll do anything that will get me more belts. I’m around 128 pounds four days from the fight, and we’re fighting at 124 pounds, so I’m in really good shape.

“I’ve been feeling stronger and stronger with each fight. But I do agree with being under appreciated by people in boxing. I have a great team around me. I have Al Haymon behind me. I have great people behind me.

“I just see bigger things ahead for me later this year, and then definitely in 2020. That’s going to be my year, my breakout year. And I mean in more than boxing. I want to be an entertainer, I want to be more to the boxing world than just a good fighter.”

Fulton is also looking at the chance to a fight a fourth time this year, maybe on the undercard of the Julian Williams-Jarrett Hurd super welterweight title rematch, which could possibly be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Though, there is Avelar that Fulton will need to contend with first.

“I think I’m still fighting for respect and I think my opponent speaks for it all,” Fulton said. “I’m fighting way better competition than anyone else in my weight class. I’m going to have my 17th pro fight and this is my sixth undefeated fighter that I’ll be facing. I know Avelar has said he’s going to be throwing 100 punches a round, and he says he’s going to be ready.

“I’m confident. I’m relaxed, because I’m at a new stage in my life. I have to be relaxed and be mindful of everything I plan on setting up. I’m not really going to waste my energy getting hyped to fight this guy. That’s for the ring. I will say I feel good and strong, and I feel ready. This is a good challenge for me. He’s going to try and pressure me.

“I’m over the prospect hump. I’m training 10-times harder and thinking 10-times harder. It’s reach that point where it’s now or never. I’m just going to do it in a cool way.”

 

 

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Errol Spence looking cut up for Shawn Porter fight

By Dan Ambrose: Errol Spence Jr. is looking carved up like a status with 5 1/2 weeks to go before his 147 pound unification fight against WBC welterweight champion ‘Showtime’ Shawn Porter on September 28. Spence (25-0, 21 KOs) took issue with Porter (30-2-1, 17 KOs) and his dad/trainer Kenny Porter stating that he looked […]

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