On May 27, Alexis Rocha (22-1, 14 KOs) and Anthony Young (24-2, 8 KOs) headline a card at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. The two will compete on a card that will be broadcast by DAZN. Falling a little under the radar however, is a matchup for the WBO minimumweight championship. Melvin Jerusalem (20-2, 12 KOs) will make the first defense of his title against Oscar Collazo (6-0, 4 KOs) on the main card.
A press conference was held on Thursday and the fighters expressed their readiness for Saturday:
The 25 year old Rocha returns to the ring for the second time this year after his January 28th booming KO of George Ashie in the seventh round. Rocha is currently #1 by the WBO for Terence Crawford’s version of the 147 lb. world title.Also in Thursday’s press conference, Jerusalem and Collazo also expressed their anticipation for Saturday’s card:
“I am not much of a trash talker,” said Rocha. “My respects to him. Whatever his thoughts are, that’s good for him. I am confident in my ability. I am confident in myself. You’ll find out about who I am on Saturday night. I hope he brings this same kind of energy into the ring on Saturday.
“I looked at the odds again, and they’re kind of disrespectful – they got me 8-1 underdog,” said Young. “The last time they did that, we shocked the world. I plan to do that again. I didn’t come here to lose; I am not with the script. They built him up good: 22 wins, a couple of tough fights, one step-up fight didn’t go too well. I am going to win on Saturday.”
“Good afternoon everyone. I am very grateful for this opportunity. I want to thank Golden Boy Promotions for this fight. I am excited to see my opponent today. We will see you all on Saturday night,” said Jerusalem.
“Thank you everyone for coming. Thank you to Oscar, Golden Boy Promotions, and Miguel Cotto Promotions for making this fight happen. Thank you for this opportunity to make history, history for Puerto Rico, the opportunity to become one of the fastest to become a world champion. We’re feeling very good about this. I earned this, and you’re going to see it this Saturday,” said Collazo.
Alexis Rocha vs. Anthony Young Fight Date, Start Time
Date: Saturday, May 27
Time: 4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET (Prelims), 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET (Main card)
Timings are subject to change based on the length of undercard bouts.
Hear Dan Rafael and T.J. Rives preview Rocha-Young as part of the “Big Fight Weekend Preview” Podcast by clicking below,
Alexis Rocha vs. Anthony Young Fight Card (With Official Weights)
Alexis Rocha (146.6 lbs) vs. Anthony Young (146.4 lbs), 12 rounds, welterweight – for Rocha’s WBO NABO title
Melvin Jerusalem (104.6 lbs) vs. Oscar Collazo (105 lbs), 12 rounds, minimumweight – for Jerusalem’s WBO minimumweight title
Oscar Duarte (135 lbs) vs. D’Angelo Keyes (134.2 lbs), 10 rounds, lightweight
John Ramirez (114.6 lbs) vs. Fernando Diaz (114.8 lbs), 10 rounds, super flyweight
Eric Priest (159 lbs) vs. Ricardo Villalba (160 lbs), 8 rounds, middleweight
Leonardo Sanchez (130 lbs) vs. Uhlices Avelino-Reyes (129 lbs), 4 rounds, super featherweight
Jonathan Cañas (136.4 lbs) vs. Jose Alvarado (138 lbs), 4 rounds, super lightweight
Big Fight Weekend will have more on the Rocha-Young main event.