Most of the major promoters in boxing are well into their resumption of operations. Salita Promotions, a regular partner with most of those promotions, makes its return to boxing Thursday, August 20 with a streaming version of its Detroit Brawl series. The host site – the legendary Kronk Gym. Undefeated Super Middleweight Vladimir Shiskin faces Mexico’s durable Oscar Riojas in the main event which will stream on UFC Fight Pass.
The 6-fight lineup planned for the “Detroit Brawl at the Legendary Kronk” continues to take form, including a few significant pro debuts as well as some prospects seeking a chance to further their development. The entire card is slated to be streamed on digital subscription service UFC Fight Pass starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
In the co-main event, undefeated Middleweight Timur Kerefov (8-0, 4 KOs) takes on Kansas City, Missouri veteran Calvin Metcalf (10-4-1, 3 KOs). Kerefov, a native of Shalushka, Russia, is based in Detroit and is a highly decorated amateur who won several major tournaments while building a 298-12 record.
Other support for Shishkin (10-0, 6 KOs) and Riojas (21-13-1, 10 KOs), will be undefeated Super Middleweight prospect Cruse Stewart (7-0, 6 KOs) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, against Jose Manuel Medrano of Iaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico. Stewart amassed an amateur record of 325-80, eventually becoming a teammate of outstanding professionals including Shawn Porter, Gary Russell Jr., Sadam Ali and former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
The line-up also features a special six-round women’s attraction pitting Houston-based Light Heavyweights Danielle Perkins and Monika Harrison (2-0-1, 1 KO) against one another. Perkins, a Brooklyn, New York native, is a four-time national champion making her pro debut. After defeating world champion Yang Xiaoli of China 5-0 in October 2019, Perkins became America’s first amateur world champion in three years.
In a four-round Heavyweight contest, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jeremiah Milton will make his professional debut against an opponent yet to be determined. The 6-foot 4-inch 230-pound Milton was a Silver Medalist at the 2019 Olympic Trials, the 2019 Western Qualifier Champion, and took Bronze at the 2018 US Nationals. The 26-year old saw a Venice, Florida bout scheduled for July 20 fall apart.
Additionally, Junior Middleweight Morris Young Jr. is scheduled for a four-round debut against fellow newcomer Andrea Topping of San Jose, California. A 2019 National Golden Glove Champion, Young is from Saginaw, Michigan and expected to enter the ring with in search of his first victory with tenacious pressure. His relentless ring presence drove him to the top of the amateur ranks, and helped earn a spot at the 2019 USA Olympic Trials.
In the opener, Detroit’s Marlon Harrington (1-0, 1 KO) will welcome San Antonio Middleweight Ricardo Medina to the pro ranks in a bout scheduled for four rounds.
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