BoxNation delivers a triple hitter tonight (Friday 12th July) with big-hitting Heavyweight action and two Super-Featherweight prospects clashing when someone’s 0 has to go in Tacoma, Washington.
In the 10-round bill topper unbeaten Heavyweight hopeful Jermaine Franklin is up against confident fellow American Jerry Forrest.
World ranked Swedish star Otto Wallin faces two-time World Cruiserweight Title challenger BJ Flores who needs a win to salvage his career.
Chicago super-featherweight Giovanni Mioletti has been described as: “The best unknown 130 lb boxer, and potentially the best-unheralded fighter out there.” He meets Luis Porozo.
Franklin has won all 18 fights so far, and is being maneuvered towards the world rankings and steadily his opponents are improving as are his skills.
“With the Heavyweight division being wide open, a lot can change if I continue to win. The Joshua-Ruiz fight showed that anything can happen in the ring,” he said.
“I feel like I belong and deserve my shot to prove I’m amongst the top Heavyweights. I’m just going to take care of business and show people why I feel like I belong.
“I’ve watched a lot of film of my opponent. I think he’s going to be over-anxious and try to rush me. I’m a sharpshooter and I’m going to give him a bunch of different looks.”
Forrest has won 25 of his 27 fights and not been beaten since losing on points against world ranked Mike Hunter more than five years ago.
The Virginia man knows that Franklin is the fighter getting the big backing and says: “Everything I’ve done since I was a kid has prepared me for this and prepared me for boxing.
“I’m the ‘B’ side but all the great champs were once the ‘B’ side. This is the perfect timing for me.”
Wallin moved his base to the United States earlier this year and is ranked at five by the WBA and 11 by the IBF for their Heavyweight crowns worn by upset King Andy Ruiz Jr.
He could well end up being matched with Franklin if he keeps winning and the man who is 20-0 said of his 10 round battle: “The Heavyweight division is hot right now, and this is a fight for me to show I belong with the top guys.
“Sparring with Anthony Joshua (in 2016) really helped me. I just went in and had them take a look at me and I ended up staying the entire seven-week camp.”
Flores, who has losses against Beibut Shumenov and Tony Bellew, has had mixed success at Heavyweight, but was stopped inside four by Trevor Bryan when he last boxed 11 months ago.
“I honestly believe I will win and I should win. And I’ve been working on that for the past 10 weeks,” said Flores who has won 34 of his 39 fights.
Southpaw Mioletti hails from Chicago, but lives in Tacoma so will be well supported at he Emerald Queen Casino.
He has won all 16 fights and although he has stopped just seven opponents, Mioletti will be looking for his fifth consecutive inside the distance win against Porozo.
Mioletti, 24, said: “I’m familiar with my opponent. He’s an Olympian. He was in the Pan-Am Games. This is a step up for me. He’s an international guy and he’s trained hard for this fight, as I’ve been told.
“I’ve beaten six undefeated fighters. I’m hoping to make this number seven.”
Porozo has won all 14 fights since turning professional in December 2015 and boxed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when he was just 17-years-old.
He said: “Ecuador has never had a World champion boxer, so that is my motivation.
“I’m 29 years old so there is an urgency. I’ve been fighting since I was 10 and had more than 500 amateur fights. I spent 10 years on the Ecuadorian National team and they supported me and my family.
“This is a turning point for me in my career. I have to go in there and show what I can do and that I’m ready for this next step.”