Jones, Rigondeaux and Arce all given slots on Pacquiao – Bradley undercard

1 May

Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

Super bantamweight phenom Guillermo Rigondeaux returns to the ring on Saturday, June 9 in order to battle Teon Kennedy for the former’s WBA championship on the very same night that features Mike Jones and Randall Bailey scrap for the vacant IBF welterweight world title and popular Mexican brawler Jorge Arce go mano a mano with Jesus Rojas in a ten rounder at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in what appears to be a fitting war-like undercard to the main event; Manny Pacquiao‘s voluntary WBO welterweight world title defence against in-form challenger Timothy Bradley.

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Pac and Brad headlines a stacked card. Credit: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Announcing the card, event promoter and hall of famer Bob Arum of Top Rank Boxing stated that: “The fight card on June 9 will be a treat for all boxing fans.

“These [the undercard contests] will be great high-action fights as will be our main event with world champions Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley.”

Collectively, Rigondeaux (9-0-0, 7ko), Kennedy (17-1-2, 7ko), Jones (26-0-0, 19ko), Bailey (42-7-0, 36ko), Arce (60-6-2, 46ko) and Rojas (18-1-1, 13ko) have a combined record of 171-15-5, 128ko, which represents a 9:10 winning ratio with each fighter, on average, bragging a 75 percent chance of ending a contest by knockout.

Elsewhere on the bill are a welterweight trio of fringe prospects Wale Omotoso (22-0-0, 19ko), Mikael Zewski (14-0-0, 10ko), Andy Ruiz (1-0-0, 1ko) and super middleweight debutant Jesse Hart. All, currently, with opponents yet to be confirmed.

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