Lightweight Prospect Michael Dutchover faces Ivan Leon Benitez on May 28th, which was announced Wednesday.
The 10-round match will take place at the Lead Arena on the Texas A & M University campus at College Station, Texas, and will be live streamed on the UFC Fight Pass (7 pm ET / 4 pm PT).
Dutchover is considered one of the top light weight outlooks for boxing today and is co-promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions.
In his recent match on July 26, Dutchover (14-1, 10 knockouts) defeated Jorge Maron Jr. in a unanimous decision in Corona, California. The fight took place for more than a decade after Dutchover suffered the defeat of his only professional in the hands of Thomas Mathis. The battle, which took place in Dutchover’s hometown of Midland, Texas, was stopped in Round 8 after a ringside doctor decided to cut the Dutchover’s eyes caused by a punch from Mathis.
Dutchover was scheduled to return to the ring on December 20, but had to withdraw due to an injury during the training camp. Currently living and training in Santa Fe Springs, California, Dutchover believes he can compete in a stack of lightweight divisions.
“I was supposed to fight in December, but something happened because of my injury,” said Dutchover, who is trained and managed by Danny Samora. “I’m back in training in California and I’m excited to be back in the ring. There’s no better place to fight than Texas. I have fans from Midland and all over the state. . “
Benitez (14-4-1, 6 KO) recently fought on December 8th in a draw with Francisco Lopez Collares in Cadenas, Mexico. In his previous fight on February 21, last year, Benitez lost to Georgia Costa by a unanimous decision.
The 20-year-old has been fighting professionally since November 2015 and is confident he can win at the expense of Dutchover.
Benitez, who lives in Cancun, Mexico, said:
“I’m ready to give my fans a great show and beat my opponents. This is what I work every day and he won’t upset my dream of becoming a future champion. . “
Three prospects also fight with the card.
In co-starring, Mexico City’s heavyweight Isaac Munoz Gutierrez (12-0-1, 10 KO) will make his US debut against the opponents determined in the 10-round match. Gutierrez hasn’t fought since September 2019, so he has stopped the last six opponents.
Undefeated lightweight Miguel Madueno (22-0, 20 KO) from Orange, California and Junior Welterweight Jam Sidbeck Najimitdinov (16-1, 13 KO) from Tashkent, Uzbekistan will fight in separate matches.
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