Carlos Gongora returns for his first title defense against Christopher Pearson
Carlos Gongora will defend his IBO Super Middleweight title against Christopher Pearson as the chief support to Demetrius Andrade’s WBO Middleweight title defense against Liam Williams. The card will air from Hard Rock Live at Hard Rock Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida on Saturday April 17 in America. Also, live worldwide on DAZN – with the main event set for 6:00 PM ET/11:00 PM GMT.
Carlos Gongora (19-0 14 KOs)
Gongora returns to the scene of his finest hour! The dramatic 12th round KO of Ali Akhmedov in December after weathering an early storm to put the hotly fancied Kazakh away at the death to land the strap that he puts on the line. The unbeaten two-time Olympian was fighting over 12 rounds for the first time and the Ecuadorian now wants to underline his credentials to land the big fights at 168lbs against Pearson.
Christopher Pearson (17-2 12 KOs)
Like Gongora, Pearson is entering the bout on the back of his best win to date after he took the ‘0’ of Olympic gold medal man Yamaguchi Falcao in Las Vegas in May 2019. The Ohio man, a decorated amateur in his own right, will look to get closer to a world title shot after suffering two previous defeats.
“Carlos pulled off a brilliant win in Florida in December. Now is the time for him to build himself into a massive threat in the 168lbs division. Christopher is no stranger to upsetting the odds as he proved against Falcao. He’ll look to do something similar again in Florida.”
Eddie Hearn – Matchroom Boxing
Mahammadrasul Majidov (3-0 3 KOs)
Gongora vs. Pearson leads a stacked card in support of the main event, with Mahammadrasul Majidov back in action and looking for a fourth straight KO win against Andrey Fedosov. Majidov landed his third win inside the distance at the same venue in November. The former three-time World Amateur king now steps up into ten round action for the first time in the paid ranks against Fedesov (31-3 25 KOs). This is a long awaited retrun for the experienced Russian.
“Mahammadrasul is looking to make waves in the ever-changing Heavyweight division. The likes of OJ3, Arthur, Alexis and Aaron will want to steal the headlines in the Sunshine State.”
Eddie Hearn – Matchroom Boxing
Otha Jones III (5-0-1 2 KOs)
Otha Jones III returns to the ring in a rescheduled eight round clash with Jorge Castaneda. Jones III was set to meet Castaneda (13-1 11 KOs) on the undercard of the epic rematch between Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez in Dallas, TX. However, illness ruled the Ohio talent out. Jones III has gotten over that non-COVID related blip and now steps up his pro journey against the dangerous Texan.
Arthur Biyarslanov (7-0 6 KOs)
Another fighter stepping up after a shelved fight in the Lone Star state is Arthur Biyarslanov as he faces fellow unbeaten man Israel Mercado (9-0 7 KOs). Biyarslanov landed a first round stoppage win is his last outing in November in the same venue. The Canadian now steps into his first eight round contest against the unbeaten Californian who won his first seven fights by KO before going the six and eight round distance in his last two outings.