Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing and the Casino de Monte-Carlo have announced further details of the Monte-Carlo Showdown, a must-see evening of world championship English boxing in the unique and breathtaking setting of the Casino de Monte-Carlo on Saturday, November 4, broadcast live worldwide on DAZN.
Welsh hero Joe Cordina will defend his IBF Super Featherweight Championship against highly-rated American rival Edward Vazquez. Undefeated Cordina (16-0, 9 KOs) is widely regarded as one of the best British fighters today, a two-time champion of the world in just 16 fights, who returns to the ring following his breathtaking victory last April over Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov. And Cordina makes his way back to Monaco where he overcame Mario Enrique Tinoco in November, 2019. The Tony Sims-trained champion, 31, will face a tough challenge in Vazquez (15-1, 3 KOs), who gets his first-ever world title shot thanks to a four-fight winning streak. The 27-year-old Texan’s only career loss to date was a split decision defeat by Raymond Ford in May 2022.
Another all-action world title fight is in store when South Africa’s Sive Nontshinga puts his IBF Light Flyweight championship on the line against Mexico’s Adrian Curiel Dominguez (22-4-1, 3 KOs). The ‘Special One’ Nontshinga (12-0, 9 KOs) makes the second defence of his IBF crown, which he won in a fight of the year contender against Hector Flores Calixto in 2022, and this bout promises to be another enthralling 12 round fight.
The future of French boxing will be on display too as Souleymane Cissokho defends his WBC Silver Welterweight title against Isaias Lucero. The 2016 Olympic Bronze medallist is undefeated as a professional (16-0, 9 KOs), and will be looking to put on another strong showcase of his incredible talents on home soil when he collides with hard-hitting Mexican, Lucero (16-1, 10 KOs).
The inspirational Ramla Ali will seek redemption as she looks to avenge her only professional loss to date in a rematch with Julissa Guzman for the IBF Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight championship. Mexican Guzman (13-2-2, 7 KOs) sensationally stopped Ali (8-1-0, 2 KOs) in round eight when they met in New Orleans back in June.
Campaign activist Ali, who fleed war-torn Somalia as a refugee at the age of 12 to move to the UK, was selected as one of Time Magazine’s Women of the Year for 2023 and is a global ambassador for UNICEF along with Cartier and Christian Dior. A win over rival Guzman will reignite her dream of becoming a future world champion.
Matchroom Sport chairman Eddie Hearn said: “It is an honour to be returning to Monaco and the incredible setting of the Casino de Monte-Carlo. We have been privileged to host events here in the past and it is exciting to be coming back on November 4 for what promises to be a memorable evening of elite, championship boxing.”
“The Casino de Monte-Carlo is delighted to be reviving the great tradition of boxing matches that was launched at the beginning of the 20th century. Matchroom Sport is an ideal partner,” said Albert Manzone, Deputy Chief Executive Officer. “The Monte-Carlo Showdown fits in perfectly with Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer ’s commitment to deliver to our guests and clients unique experiences in one of our most iconic settings.”
More unmissable bouts will be confirmed in due course, along with ticket details. Booking online or by telephone on +377 98 06 36 36.
FILE PHOTO: Ramla Ali Reuters
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