Shinard Bunch looks to extend his winning streak in Bensalem, Pennsylvania

Shinard Bunch is about to become a legitimate competitor. After staying busy fighting before and during the pandemic, his career has taken a bit of a lull.

Bunch finally returns to the ring tonight against Marklin Bailey in an eight round bout at Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

In his last fight on Jan. 7, Bunch, who resides in Trenton, New Jersey, defeated previously undefeated Shyngyskhan Tazhibay of Kazakhstan by eight-round one-sided decision.

Bunch, 22 (18-1-1 1 NC, 15 KOs) has won his last three fights since fighting to a split decision draw against Janelson Figueroa Bocachica on July 23. Several boxing insiders thought Bunch had done more than enough. to win the fight.

Bunch was very active before the pandemic hit in December 2019, fighting five times in 2020 and eight times last year. He is co-promoted by Sampson Lewkowicz.

Bailey (7-7, 4 KOs), who resides in Durham, NC, last fought Nov. 20, beating Kristopher Harrell by split decision. The win over Harrell ended a six-game losing streak, including losses to Xander Zayas and Vito Mielnicki, Jr.

In the main event of the Joe Hand Promotions card, heavyweight prospect Sonny Conto (9-0, 7 KO), who resides in nearby Philadelphia, will take on Justin Rolfe in a six-round bout.

Conto defeated Mike Marshall by unanimous decision in his last fight on Feb. 24. The 26-year-old, promoted by Top Rank and managed by David McWater, had stopped his four previous opponents.

Rolfe (7-3-1, 5 KOs) stopped Fabian Valdez in his last fight on March 19. The Fairfield, Maine resident has won three of his last four fights.

Junior lightweight Carlos Ramos (14-2, 9 KOs), originally from Ecuador and now residing in Madrid, Spain, will face Mexican Jesus Guzman (8-6, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout.

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