Matchroom Boxing USA will return in spectacular fashion on August 15 – taking world championship boxing to the streets of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, live on DAZN.
The return for Eddie Hearn’s US arm will see the downtown Tulsa streets blocked off from 4th and 6th at the intersection of S. Boston Ave, with no fans present, strict social distancing and medical protocols in place, and a ring placed in the middle of the street at 5th and S. Boston Ave.
On the groundbreaking show, Mexican sensation Julio Cesar Martinez (16-1, 12 KOs) defends his WBC flyweight title against No.1 ranked contender McWilliams Arroyo (20-4, 15 KOs), with an undercard led by Cecilia Brækhus (36-0, 9 KOs) defending her undisputed welterweight championship against Jessica McCaskill (8-2, 3 KOs).
Rising Uzbekistan star Shakhram Giyasov (9-0, 7 KOs) puts his WBA International super-lightweight title on the line against Francisco Rojo (22-3, 15 KOs) while a trio of young talents complete the card in Nikita Ababiy (8-0, 6 KOs), Raymond Ford (5-0, 2 KOs) plus the debut of amateur star Marc Castro.
“We are taking elite world championship boxing to the streets in Tulsa!” said Hearn. “For our return in the US, we wanted to stage something as unique, ambitious and spectacular as we have with Fight Camp at Matchroom HQ in the UK, and I believe that’s exactly what we have in Oklahoma.
“We had so many options and offers on the table for our return on August 15 from coast-to-coast, but I’m just not a believer in boxing in a studio setting – the fighters and the sport deserve more than that.
“Tulsa shared our vision of wanting to create something special and I am thrilled to be working with the Mayor’s office, Joe Miller at the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission and Tony and Bryce Holden on bringing a thrilling fight night to the city.
“With explosive Mexican Martinez defending his world title against Puerto Rico’s Arroyo, the undisputed welterweight battle between Braekhus and McCaskill, Uzbek star Giyasov and talents Ababiy, Ford and debutant Castro, this is a line-up that could stop traffic – so we’ve done exactly that!”
Matchroom USA is working closely on the event with Holden Productions, led by Oklahoma boxing stalwart Tony Holden, who has been promoting world championship boxing for over 30 years and played a pivotal role in bringing the fight night to his hometown, alongside Bryce Holden’s Onyx the Agency
“I can’t imagine a better place to host this event than downtown Tulsa at 5th and S. Boston Ave,” said Tony Holden. “The backdrop is incredible and, with no audience possible during this pandemic, the site will unsurpassed in terms of innovation, safety and visual impact. We’re looking forward to working with Eddie, Matchroom Boxing and DAZN in the great city of Tulsa.”