With no major boxing cards on the docket on either side of the Atlantic the past two weeks boxing fans are starving for the sweet science, luckily prizefighting returns to the US on January 20th for a mid-week card in Uncasville, Connecticut. As the “PBC bubble” plays hosts to a prospect-loaded midweek card headlined by an excellent crossroads scrap between two 10-0 Junior Middleweights. Undefeated Uzbek and former amateur standout Hurshidbek Normatov puts his unbeaten record on the line against undefeated Puerto Rican southpaw knockout artist 21-year-old Patrick Cora. Cora is a former national amateur champion who last fought pre-pandemic in December of 2019, where he scored a 4th round knockout of an undefeated prospect by the name of Geronimo Sacco. Normatov, who now trains out of and resides in Brooklyn, NY has also been inactive for nearly a year, he last fought on a card in Toronto, Canada that was headlined by Custio Clayton. The Kazik prospect scored a dominant one-sided UD over Uriel Hernandez the fight was aired on UFC FightPass. In the co-main “El Tigre” Yeis Gabriel Solano of Colombia makes his long-awaited US return to the ring. Solano last fought in September of 2019 where he scored an upset victory over Elias Damian Araujo in Las Vegas. He battles hotshot, prospect, and hometown fighter Mykquan Williams who is Connecticut born and raised and is coming off a very disappointing majority decision draw with Tre’Sean Wiggins in a bout that was supposed to highlight Williams in the main event of a Lou DiBella card in New York City.
Three days later on Saturday, January 23rd, world championship boxing returns to the “Bubble” in Uncasville, Connecticut. The main event features two slick moving undefeated super bantamweights as WBO world titleholder Angelo Leo takes on mandatory challenger “Cool Boy Step” Stephen Fulton of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Fulton was supposed to fight Leo for the vacant strap back in August but tested positive for Covid-19 and was pulled from the fight, and mandated to fight the winner of his replacement Tremaine Williams and Leo. Leo took a wide unanimous decision over a game Williams which sets up the fight with Fulton on Saturday night. In the co-main event, an additional two unbeaten 122-pounders also square up as 17-0 Reese Aleem takes on “Vicious” Vic Pasillas of California. Pasillas, once a highly-touted prospect, whose career was stalled out several times by layoffs as well as managerial and promotional issues, reintroduced himself to the boxing world when he destroyed fellow unbeaten prospect Ranfis Javier Encarnacion in the Co-main event of a PBC on FS1 card back in September. Aleem last fought on the Leo vs Williams card where he scored a very impressive one-sided beat down and stoppage of Marcus Bates. The winner of this scrap will likely secure himself a world title fight later in the year with either the winner of Leo vs Fulton or Brandon Figeroa who is also on the PBC side of the street and holds a WBA belt.