Floyd Schofield takes step-up problem in opposition to Haskell Rhodes on July 8


Floyd Schofield will try to solidify his standing as the most effective prospects in boxing in his upcoming combat.


The unbeaten light-weight prospect will combat Haskell Rhodes on July 8, Golden Boy Promotions introduced Thursday afternoon. The ten-round bout will happen at AT&T Middle in San Antonio, Texas and can precede the principle occasion bout between unbeaten welterweight contenders Eimantas Stanionis and Vergil Ortiz, Jr.


Each fights will stream dwell on DAZN (8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT).


The combat in opposition to Rhodes can be a homecoming of types for Schofield (14-0, 11 knockouts), who will return to motion in his residence state for the primary time since August 8, which mockingly, was additionally headlined by Ortiz. Schofield resides in Austin, a couple of 90-minute drive from San Antonio. 


In his final bout on April 22, which occurred on the undercard of the Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis-Ryan Garcia combat, Schofield knocked out fringe contender and once-beaten Jesus Valentin Leon within the second spherical. The win over Leon occurred lower than three months after Schofield defeated Alberto Mercado by resolution over 10 one-sided rounds.


The 20-year-old is co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Davies Leisure.


Rhodes (28-4-1, 13 KOs), who resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, returned to motion on March 18 from a 3 and a half 12 months layoff to defeat journeyman Raymond Chacon by resolution in his hometown of Oklahoma Metropolis. 


The 35-year-old has misplaced to former world titleholder Jason Sosa, Sergey Lipinets, and Omar Douglas.


Additionally on the Golden Boy Promotions card that can be streamed dwell on DAZN, Ring Journal Feminine flyweight champion and unified world titleholder Marlen Esparza will sq. off in opposition to WBO world titleholder Gabriela Alaniz in a 10-round unification bout. 


Alaniz is ranked No. 2 by The Ring at 112 kilos within the Feminine rankings.


Esparza (13-1, 1 KO), who resides in Houston, was scheduled to face Alaniz on April 29 on the undercard of the William Zepeda-Jaime Arboleda light-weight combat in suburban Dallas, however the combat was postponed attributable to visa points that prevented Alaniz from getting into the nation. Boxingscene was the primary to report the story.


The 33-year-old final fought on August 6, defeating Eva Guzman by unanimous resolution in an all-out battle. Esparza, a 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist, has received her final six fights since dropping to Ring Journal strawweight champion Seniesa Estrada in November 2019.


Alaniz (14-0, 6 KOs), who resides in Buenos Aires, Argentina, stopped Debora Rengifo within the ninth spherical of her final bout on September 24. The 26-year-old has stopped 5 of her final seven bouts. 


Within the opening bout, Joseph Diaz, Jr. (32-4-1, 15 KOs), the previous IBF world junior light-weight titleholder from El Monte, California, will face an opponent to be decided in a 10-round light-weight bout. 


The 30-year-old Diaz misplaced to Mercito Gesta by split-decision in his final bout on March 18. He not too long ago re-signed a promotional take care of Golden Boy Promotions.


In preliminary motion, junior middleweight Eric Tudor (8-0, 6 KOs) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida will sq. off in opposition to Michigan’s Reggie Harris, Jr. (7-3, 3 KOs) in an eight-round bout. Tristan Kalkreuth (10-1, 7 KOs) of Duncansville, Texas will face Mexico’s Jaime Solorio (12-5-2, 9 KOs) in a six-round cruiserweight bout. In gentle heavyweight motion, Houston’s Darius Fulghum (5-0, 5 KOs) will sq. off in opposition to Ricardo Medina (1-4) of San Antonio in a four-round bout. 

Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has coated boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He could be reached at [email protected]


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