As one door closed, another opened for Brandon Glanton.
The undefeated cruiserweight will try to make the most of this opportunity tonight as he takes on Mario Aguilar tonight at the ProBox (also known as WhiteSands) Events Center in Plant City, Florida. The 10-round bout will headline a four-fight stream on ProBoxTV (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
At Thursday’s weigh-in, Glanton weighed 199.6 pounds. Aguilar weighed 199.8 pounds.
Glanton (16-0, 13 KOs), a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and now residing in Riverside, Calif., dropped former prospect DeShon Webster three times en route to a fifth-round knockout during his last fight July 9. six of his last seven opponents.
The 30-year-old picked up an important victory recently by defeating Efetobor Apochi on June 21 last year in a clash of undefeated fighters. Glanton had fought on previous Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) cards and believes the win over Apochi should have opened more doors for him. He will attempt to make a statement at Aguilar’s expense.
“I thought I was going to be with PBC,” Glanton said earlier this week. “They seemed upset when I came in and won on the B side. I was pursuing other opportunities and then I got the call.
“My opponent (Aguilar) is gone for a long night. He’s a veteran (and) he’s coming to fight, it’s a great opportunity for him. Good fighters do better with better fighters, but it’s my job to show people that he’s a stepping stone.
“ProBoxTV gave me the opportunity to be active, and an active Glanton is a great Glanton.”
Glanton was a former college football player at Albany State University in Georgia. He was introduced to boxing and fell in love with the sport, losing his football scholarship after taking up boxing.
A solid win over Aguilar could put Glanton in a position to struggle in a competitive heavyweight division. He already has his sights set on WBO titleholder Lawrence Okolie, who is ranked No. 1 by The Ring.
“I think Okolie is scared of me,” Glanton said. “He called me about some sparring. I said, ‘I don’t get paid to kick your ass for free. Let me know when we can fight.
“He has a good right hand. He’s a good athlete, but he has flat feet. I feel like a matchup with him is what boxing needs, but I know I can knock him out.
Aguilar (22-7, 18 KOs), who resides in San Luis Rio Colorado, won via disqualification over once-beaten Humberto Soto in his last fight Oct. 2. The 31-year-old has won four of his last six fights.
In the co-feature, light heavyweight Hakim Lopez (13-0, 8 KOs) of Ellenwood, Georgia will take on Richard VanSiclen of Seattle (12-0, 6 KOs) in an eight-round bout.
Junior lightweight prospect Otar Eranosyan (11-0, 6 KOs) of Georgia will face former world junior featherweight challenger Cesar Juarez (27-11, 20 KOs) of Mexico City in an eight-round bout.
Opening the ProBoxTV stream is a six-round welterweight bout between undefeated Marques Valle (5-0, 5 KO) of nearby Lutz and goaltender Benjamin Whitaker (15-9, 3 KO) of San Antonio, Texas.
Francisco A. Salazar has been writing for BoxingScene since September 2012 and has been covering boxing in Southern California and internationally since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Star newspaper in Ventura County, California. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing