Super welterweight contender Luis “Cuba” Arias will take on Jimmy Williams in a 10-round showdown, while exciting welterweight prospect Jalil “Major” Hackett will take on the undefeated Jose Belloso for a six-round draw in fights. undercard which will be broadcast live on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube page this Saturday, May 28 in a Premier Boxing Champions event from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The streaming action will begin at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT and lead to the highly anticipated SHOWTIME PPV lineup headlined by WBA lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis, the hottest young attraction on the boxing, taking on undefeated No. 1-ranked contender and mandatory challenger Roland Romero. SHOWTIME brought in a notable team of announcers to host the streaming fights on Saturday’s pre-show as veteran combat sports reporter Brian Campbell of MORNING KOMBAT, NBA champion Stephen Jackson of ALL THE SMOKE and former Unified World Champion Julian “J-Rock” Williams will be calling the 40/40 Club live preliminary action inside the Barclays Center and awaiting the PPV fights.
Campbell will also host Friday’s live weigh-in with Jackson and former world champion Raul Marquez breaking down the weights and fights. Former NBA superstar Tracy McGrady will also join Friday’s weigh-in stream as a special guest on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel, the SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page and the Premier Boxing Champions YouTube page.
The SHOWTIME PPV begins at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT and features two-division world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara defending her WBA middleweight title against the hard-hitting Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan in the co – main event. Additionally, sensational young star Jesús “Mono” Ramos takes on Luke Santamaría in a 10-round super welterweight showdown, while hard-hitting contender Eduardo Ramírez takes on Puerto Rico’s Luis Meléndez in the televised super featherweight opener of 10 rounds.
Tickets for the live event, promoted by Mayweather Promotions, GTD Promotions and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased through seatgeek.com and barclayscenter.com. Tickets are also available for purchase at the American Express box office in Barclays Center.
A native of Milwaukee who now trains in Las Vegas, Mayweather Promotions’ Arias (19-3-1, 9 KOs) will be looking to bounce back Saturday night from a split decision loss to Vaughn Alexander in December. Prior to this fight, Arias had a career-best victory in June 2021, earning a decision victory over former unified champion Jarrett Hurd on the Mayweather undercard against Paul SHOWTIME PPV. Arias also faced former champion Daniel Jacobs and holds a draw against veteran Gabriel Rosado. He will face Williams of New Haven, Connecticut (18-7-2, 6 KOs), who will also be looking to get back into the win column after dropping a contest in March against the undefeated Tyron James. Williams, 35, holds a 2021 victory over former champion Yuri Foreman and has fought anywhere from 140-160 pounds throughout his career, having faced top contenders such as Brandun Lee and Abel Ramos.
Hackett (3-0, 2 KOs), a rising prospect in the Mayweather Promotions stable, will be looking to continue his road to becoming the next big fighter representing Washington, DC as he continues his budding professional career on Saturday night. The 19-year-old turned professional in June 2021, scoring a first-round knockout of Angelo Diaz. He followed that up with another first-round knockout in October, before winning a four-round unanimous decision over Darynn Levya in December. He will face fellow unbeaten Belloso (4-0, 4 KOs), who is yet to go the distance since turning pro in June 2021. The 29-year-old is from Carson, Calif., and resides now in Arkansas, having recently stopped Anthony Woods in three rounds in December.
In non-televised undercard bouts, New York native Arnold Gonzalez (9-0, 5 KOs) will face Tracey McGruder (6-2, 4 KOs) in a six-round welterweight bout, plus Cincinnati’s Adrian Benton (6 -0, 4 KOs) competes in a six-round super lightweight duel against Mexico’s Jose Antonio Meza (8-6, 2 KOs), while Baltimore’s Cuttino Oliver (1-0, 1 KO) takes on Jahden Lewis of Carolina Sud (2-1, 1 KO) in a four-round super bantamweight attraction and Mia Ellis of Baltimore (4-0, 3 KO) takes on Jaica Pavilus of Haiti (2-1, 1 KO) for a showdown lightweight in six rounds.