NABO welterweight champion Alexis Rocha will face Anthony Young, May 27 on DAZN and live from the Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino in Indio, CA.
So by the looks of things, we may very well be as close as ever to seeing Terence Crawford vs. Errol Spence Jr. Moments ago, Golden Boy Promotions sent out a press release announcing the NABO welterweight battle between Alexis Rocha (22-1) and Anthony Young (24-2), which will take place May 27, live on DAZN. About a month ago, a picture surfaced showing Oscar De La Hoya next to Crawford. The rumor was that Rocha would fight Crawford, and then the winner would get Virgil Ortiz Jr. With this announcement, that rumored plan is scratched, and now Rocha will fight on May 27. Here is the release from GBP.
INDIO, CA (April 6, 2023) – Returning to the fight stage as a headliner for the second time of 2023, Alexis “Lex” Rocha (22-1, 14 KOs) will defend his NABO Welterweight title for the third time against Anthony “Juice” Young (24-2, 8 KOs). The 12-round welterweight fight, which was originally scheduled for last January, will take place at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and will be broadcast worldwide on DAZN beginning at 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET.
— Golden Boy (@GoldenBoyBoxing) April 6, 2023
“I’m back in the ring on May 27 and I’m looking forward to staying busy,” said Alexis Rocha. “I can’t wait to put on another great performance for all those in Southern California who make the trip to Fantasy Springs, but also for all of my fans who tune in on DAZN. Anthony Young is familiar to me because I was preparing to face him in my last fight before he was injured. I’ll be ready for this fight and my focus is to end this early with another big knockout for my fans.”
“I’m just thankful for the opportunity to perform on this platform,” said Anthony Young. “With the strength of Allah we are going to shock the world twice!”
“As he showed last time out, Rocha is an absolute beast who is more than deserving of a title shot in the welterweight division,’ said Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya. “But Anthony Young is the real deal who has knocked off a Golden Boy fighter in the past. Rocha needs to use his power to get rid of Young early and move on to the next step of his career.”