WBA welterweight champion Jamal “Shango” James will defend his title against undefeated contender Radzhab Butaev in a 12-round duel that will headline an evening of live action on SHOWTIME on Saturday, October 30 at a Premier Boxing Champions event at Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXINGÂ® broadcast begins at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT and features rising welterweight star Jaron “Boots” Ennis in a 10-round showdown against veteran Thomas Dulorme in the co-main event. New to broadcasting, exciting and lightweight contender Michel Rivera faces Argentinian MatÃas Romero in a 10-round attraction.
Tickets for the live event, promoted by TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at AXS.com. Ennis vs. Dulorme is promoted in association with D&D Boxing, and Rivera vs. Romero is promoted in association with Sampson Boxing.
âA stacked lineup of top contenders and future champions in the making will be on full display October 30 on SHOWTIME in Las Vegas,â said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. âJamal James has made his way to the top levels of the welterweight division and will take one step closer to elite status if he can defeat undefeated Radzhab Butaev. also featured two rising stars, as Jaron Ennis and Michel Rivera look to impress in tough clashes on a big stage. â
James of Minneapolis (27-1, 12 KOs) returns to action after his previous outing saw him win an interim title by beating Thomas Dulorme in August 2020, before being later promoted to the âregularâ championship. The 33-year-old is leading a seven-game winning streak that includes triumphs over Abel Ramos, Diego Gabriel Chaves and Antonio DeMarco, with four of those clashes coming in his hometown, where he has developed a rabid fan base. With a win on October 30, James is closing in on a potential revenge for his first and only loss to WBA welterweight world champion Yordenis Ugas.
âThe training is and has been 100%,â said James. âI am delighted to be back in the ring and finally defend my title. This will be the fight where I show everyone why I am the elite in this profession and that I should be recognized as one of the best.
Butaev, 27, (13-0, 10 KOs) will ultimately face James in a long-awaited WBA-ordered game. Butaev turned pro after around 400 amateur fights in 2016 and managed knockouts in six of his first seven outings. Originally from Russia and now fighting in Brooklyn, New York, Butaev returned to the ring in December 2020, stopping the previously undefeated Terry Chatwood in the third round.
âWe worked hard for a year before this fight,â said Butaev. âEverything is going well at camp, and we are delighted to finally enter the ring against James. I saw how James fights, and it’s going to be a clash of styles. I can promise that I will bring the war and make it an exciting fight. I will start writing my story on October 30th.
Ennis (27-0, 25 KOs) is the latest in Philadelphia’s pantheon of outstanding fighters, combining sublime boxing skills with natural power in both hands. After numerous appearances on ShoBox: The New Generation, 24-year-old Ennis became the headliner of his first TV show SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING during his last outing in April, as he became the first fighter to stop the former world champion Sergey Lipinets. The knockout victory gave Ennis 17 knockouts in his 18 previous fights, the only flaw being a first round no-decision against Chris van Heerden in December 2020.
âI’m happy to be back in the ring on October 30 on SHOWTIME in Las Vegas,â said Ennis. âIt’s one more step to become world champion! They haven’t seen anything yet. It’s time for me to continue to shine and be great. Can’t wait to show off and have fun.
Dulorme, 31 (25-5-1, 16 KOs) has amassed a solid CV at 140 and 147 pounds over the course of his career, stepping into the ring with world champions Yordenis Ugas, Jessie Vargas and Terence Crawford. Born in Marigot, Guadeloupe but representing Carolina, Puerto Rico, Dulorme rebounded from a loss to Crawford for a 140-pound title by scoring back-to-back knockouts followed by a narrow decision loss to Ugas. The world title challenger has just made a solid effort in back-to-back defeats against Jamal James and Eimantas Stanionis.
“I think in the fight against Stanionis, I showed that I am always at the top level,” said Dulorme. “A lot of people told me I won this fight, and I thought I did too. I’m excited to face Ennis because he’s a good fighter, but he hasn’t fought anyone. like me. Fans can expect another great performance from me on SHOWTIME.
Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and now in Miami, Fla. Rivera (21-0, 14 KOs) burst onto the scene in 2019, making his United States debut with a win over Juan Rene Tellez. The 23-year-old continued his ascent in 2020, adding a save victory over Fidel Maldonado Jr. and a unanimous decision triumph over lightweight contender LaDarius Miller. Rivera continued his dominance with a pair of knockout wins in 2021, stopping Anthony Mercado in February before recently delivering a Jon Fernandez knockout in July on SHOWTIME.
âRomero made a big mistake taking this fight,â Rivera said. âWhat he saw of me in the gym is not the same thing he will see on fight night. He’s far from a night fighter, and he bends under pressure or runs. He’s a good fighter, but he’s not at my level. I won’t let him go as far as Isaac Cruz. On October 30, I’m going to give him the beating of his life.
In March, Romero (24-1, 8 KOs) made his US debut, abandoning a competitive decision to dominate lightweight contender Isaac Cruz on SHOWTIME. Previously, the Cordoba, Argentina native had two wins in 2020, winning a 12-round decision over Javier Jose Clavero in November while stopping Gabriel Gustavo Ovejero in March. A pro since 2015, the 25-year-old will be looking to bounce back from his first loss and enter the title race against another elite 135-pound opponent.
âRivera and I have the same promoter, and I asked Sampson Lewkowicz to let me fight him when I saw he didn’t have an opponent,â Romero said. âI’m ready to jump in because I know I can beat him. We trained in the same gym but we never fought. His style is perfect for my style. This is going to be another win for me to add to my collection.