Fighter of the Week: Rajon Chance

The new generation of young fighters are so enamored with the zero in the loss column so unwilling to take a fight that could cost them their prestigious “O”. Which is what makes a fight between two unbeaten young fighters on their way up so unusual. So, when Rajon Chance and Elon de Jesus agreed to meet up the first time back in September and put their undefeated records on the line it was a refreshing surprise. The battle was hotly contested and ended in a disputed draw, the two again agreed to put their unbeaten records on the line and again fought a competitive back and forth type fight. This time it was the East Orange New Jersey native Rajon Chance who did a bit more to take a split decision, correct the only blemish, the draw, on his resume, move his record to 6-0-1 (5), captured our Fighter of the Week Award and takes a giant step forward in the talented and loaded super bantamweight division. 

Rajon Chance Archives - The Ring

21-year-old Rajon Chance had a huge opportunity in front of his hometown crowd in front t of a huge television audience, the biggest Fox show of the year o the first big-time Christmas boxing Card in the US in decades Chance had the chance to fix the only blemish on his impressive resume and he got right to work. In what was a constant contrast of styles Chance was winning the day with his jab creating space and moving around the ring, popping his rival with a quick jab. With deJesus having short-lived rallies on the inside when he was able to get on the inside and keep the fight competitive. The 21-year-old stuck to the blueprint to a tee and was able to keep moving and firing the jab a,d after gutting out a very physical and competitive sixth and final stanza it was clear that the East Orange native had done enough to keep the “O” in his L column and took a split decision by scores of 59-55, 57-56 with the third judge handing in an astounding scorecard of 58-56 card in favor of de Jesus. Chance said post-fight “The key to the fight was my jab, I just had to stick with that throughout the fight and have fun. I stayed much more disciplined and focused than I did in the first fight. I can’t wait to do it again. I’m going to keep building and having fun in 2022.”

Rajon Chance vs Marco Lara | FULL FIGHT | July 3, 2021 - YouTube

Chance is on the right side of the promotional street at the right stage of his career. Following his impressive win over the then-unbeaten,  de Jesus, he emerges as PBC’s premier prospect at 122-pounds. A division that at least at the moment sports, unified champ Stephen Fulton, former champs Brandon Figueroa, Luis Nery as well as Angelo Leo, Luis Nery, Tramaine Williams, Ra’eese Aleem, and Vic Passilias all of whom are potential opponents down the road for the unbeaten New Jerseyan. For now, he needs to keep on winning perhaps take on a few more rugged veterans and step up fights and by the end of 2022 perhaps a fight with the likes of an Eros Correra or Juan Tapia, or a Glenn Durzan could be on the table and should he win a step up fight like that he would instantly be catapulted into the world title picture and discussions for 2023. 

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