Televised protection begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and options undefeated rising contender Omar “El Relampago” Juarez stepping up versus veteran Jessie Roman within the 10-round tremendous light-weight co-main occasion. The telecast opener will see the return of sensational prospect Vito Mielnicki Jr. in opposition to James Martin in an eight-round welterweight matchup.
The occasion shall be promoted by TGB Promotions and can happen with out followers in attendance on the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Corridor, an AEG venue, in downtown Los Angeles.
“Former world champion Tony Harrison is without doubt one of the brightest stars within the tremendous welterweight division and can look to indicate that he’s able to reclaim a world championship reside in primetime on April 17,” stated Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Tony’s will and talent makes him a tricky matchup for anybody at 154-pounds, however he can even have all he can deal with within the very gifted Bryant Perrella, who shall be making his debut within the division. This thrilling major occasion is buoyed by rising stars Omar Juarez and Vito Mielnicki Jr. competing in separate fights as a part of a jam-packed evening on FOX that boxing followers gained’t wish to miss.”
The delight of Detroit, Michigan, Harrison (28-3, 21 KOs) spent his early boxing profession below the tutelage of the late Emanuel Steward within the legendary Kronk Gymnasium. As an expert, the 31-year-old was nonetheless thought of one of the crucial expert fighters within the sport regardless of arising brief in his first two makes an attempt at a world title. The third time was the allure for Harrison, who shocked the boxing world in December 2018 by outpointing long-time champion Jermell Charlo to earn the WBC title in Brooklyn on FOX. Their rematch one 12 months later ranks among the many greatest fights of 2019. Harrison and Charlo fought mano-a-mano till Charlo stopped him within the eleventh spherical to regain the belt.
“As a result of pandemic, we’ve misplaced lots of people during the last 12 months, together with my father Ali Salaam, and I’m dedicating this struggle and the remainder of my profession to him,” stated Harrison. “My father was all the time there in my nook, and I’ll proceed with him proper by my facet spiritually. However my brother L.J. is my head coach now and we’re working exhausting to organize for a tricky fighter in Perrella. I’m coming off the longest layoff of my profession, so I’m simply excited to get again in motion. The realest fighter within the recreation is coming again and I’m glad we’re going to be bringing this struggle to everybody on free TV on FOX. This struggle shall be fireworks and I’ll be searching for every time it’s execution time. Once I see the chance, I’ll knock his head off and put it on my mantle.”
The 31-year-old Perrella (17-3, 14 KOs) started boxing at age 15, amassing a formidable 70-9 beginner file earlier than turning professional in 2012. Combating out of Fort Myers, Florida, Perrella rose rapidly by the professional ranks, stopping 13 of his first 14 opponents, together with a second-round TKO over previously-unbeaten David Grayton in June 2016. Three months later, he suffered his first professional defeat in opposition to present welterweight world champion Yordenis Ugas. Perrella bounced again from a detailed loss to Luis Collazo in August 2018 with a choice victory over Breidis Prescott and a stoppage of Domonique Dolton in his 2019 marketing campaign. In Perrella’s final bout, in February 2020, he was on the brief finish of a controversial, last-second knockout by the hands of Abel Ramos, in a bout the place Perrella was forward on scorecards.
“I’ve made huge modifications in my recreation and they’ll mirror a more adept fighter once I step in in opposition to Tony Harrison,” stated Perrella. “I don’t care about standing or resume heading into this struggle. I’m coming to do what I do greatest, and that’s dominate. I can’t wait to get in there and carry out on April 17.”
Juarez (10-0, 5 KOs) has been lauded as a lot for his work outdoors the ring as he has for what he’s completed in it. After graduating highschool in his native Brownsville, Texas, Juarez devoted himself to giving again to the state’s youth. Nonetheless solely 21, he has spoken to shut to 40,000 neighborhood members and obtained recognition from the Texas State Senate and the Texas Home of Representatives. Within the ring, Juarez was a extremely embellished beginner who turned professional in September 2018. He notched 4 wins in 2020, together with a vicious first-round TKO over Raul Chirino on December 26 that signaled his readiness for the subsequent stage.
“Phrases can’t describe how blessed I’m to be preventing on FOX as soon as once more,” stated Juarez. “As all the time, I’m going into this struggle in opposition to Jessie Roman with victory on my thoughts. This shall be my hardest struggle so far, and I do know what must be accomplished to return out on prime. I left Brownsville to be in San Antonio with my coach Rick Nunez and we have now an awesome recreation plan in place. Coaching camp has already began, and I’ll be able to go come struggle evening. April 17 can’t come quickly sufficient. It’s go time!”
The 29-year-old Roman (22-4, 11 KOs) represents a big step up in school for Juarez. A revered beginner, Roman gained his first 16 professional bouts earlier than a disputed majority resolution loss to Carlos Sanchez in Sanchez’s native Mexico. He appeared headed for a possible world title shot after stopping Luis Joel Gonzalez in April 2017 and following it up with a TKO over Erick Daniel Martinez that June. Nevertheless, the Backyard Grove, California native was derailed by a factors loss to harmful veteran and former beginner rival Javier Molina in June 2018.
“After a setback comes a significant comeback,” stated Roman. “I do know that as a result of I all the time come again stronger than earlier than. I can’t wait to square-off in opposition to Juarez and show that when once more, all whereas bringing an awesome struggle for the followers to take pleasure in.”
Representing Roseland, New Jersey, Mielnicki (8-0, 5 KOs) started turning heads throughout an distinctive beginner profession the place he compiled a 147-22 file and was named the Most Excellent Boxer of the 2011 Junior Nationwide Golden Gloves amongst many accolades earlier than turning professional. The 18-year-old was ready so as to add 4 victories to his ledger in 2020 and he kicked off his 2021 marketing campaign with a knockout of Noe Lopez in February on FOX.
“Coaching goes nice. I all the time keep prepared so I don’t need to prepare,” stated Mielnicki. “I’m glad that I’m getting proper again within the ring so I can showcase my expertise once more. In my final struggle, I launched myself to the world on the most important viewing platform of my profession. I count on a tricky sturdy Philly fighter within the ring with me on April 17 and I’m excited to return to FOX with one other nice efficiency.”
The 23-year-old Martin (6-2) first turned professional in 2017 and gained his first 4 fights to start his profession. Combating out of Philadelphia, Martin has gained two of his final three showdowns relationship again to late 2019, and his most up-to-date outing noticed him drop a choice to unbeaten prospect Xander Zayas in February.
“I’m going to field sensible and produce the strain,” stated Martin. “I do know my opponent is an efficient fighter and a win over him would get me loads of discover. I look ahead to showcasing all of my expertise on this struggle on April 17.”