In a clash of unbeaten fighters, 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. will be back in the ring on Monday, Oct.14, as he faces off against fellow undefeated welterweight Emmanuel “Ice Cold” Lartey in the Golden Boy Live! eight-round co-main event of the FOX Sports 1 & FOX Deportes broadcast from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL.
Also added to this six-bout card are Spence Jr.’s Olympic teammate Rau’shee Warren of Cincinnati and undefeated Puerto Rican hot prospect Jeffrey Fontanez. In the previously announced 10 round super weltereight main event, Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo will challenge New York City southpaw Jose Angel “Silver Boy” Rodriguez.
The event will also feature a special guest appearance by boxing superstar and former World Champion Roy Jones Jr.
Errol Spence Jr. (8-0, 7 KO’s) is a 23-year-old versatile southpaw who has shown impressive power in his professional career. Hehas had a spectacular 2013 campaign thus far, winning all six of his bouts, with the last four victories coming via first-round knockout. On Oct. 14, the 2012 U.S. Olympian from Desoto, Texas will attempt to add to his winning streak.
A native of Accra, Ghana now fighting out of Brooklyn, NY, 32-year-old Emmanuel “Ice Cold” Lartey (16-0, 8 KO’s) has drawn positive comparisons to his home country’s greatest boxer, Azumah Nelson, for his style in the ring and remains undefeated in his eight-year professional career. A former Ghanaian and African Boxing Union Champion, Lartey’s two most recent bouts have seen him win by decision over fellow prospects Michael Anderson and Jonathan Batista.
The first and only boxer to earn his way onto three U.S. Olympic teams, Rau’shee Warren (15-0, 3 KO’s) is now pursuing a world championship as a professional and he’s off to an impressive start. Winning five bouts in 2013, the 26-year-old from Cincinnati, Ohio was in top form in his most recent effort on Sept. 2, knocking Omar Gonzalez down five times on his way to a six-round unanimous decision victory. On Oct.14, he will face Fresno’s Michael Ruiz Jr. (9-3-1, 3 KO’s) in an eight-round contest.
Twenty -year-old lightweight Jeffrey Fontanez (12-0, 9 KO’s) is the latest prospect to emerge from the island of Puerto Rico and it appears that this Caguas-native has all of the right tools to succeed in the ring. Fontanez also has shown plenty of poise and knockout power in his 2013 wins over veteran competitors Daniel Attah and Alejandro Rodriguez
Also in action on Oct. 14 will be some of Florida’s finest in four round battles when Tampa’s welterweight Willie Jones (2-0, 1 KO) faces off against Jose Angel Segura (2-4-2, 1 KO) of Miami and Ruskin, Florida welterweight Martin Lagunas Jr. will make his pro debut against Ft. Lauderdale’s Larry Yanez (3-6-2).
An opponent for Fontanez will be announced shortly.
Charlo vs. Rodriguez, a 10-round junior middleweight bout, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Sunrise Sports & Entertainment and sponsored by Corona and O’Reilly Auto Parts. The BB&T Center doors open at 7:00 p.m. ET and the first bell rings at 8:00 p.m. ET. The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes bilingual simulcast will air live at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Tickets priced at $196.25 (VIP Tables), $75, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges, are now available for purchase at all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling (800) 745-3000, online at http://www.ticketmaster.com and at the BB&T Center box office.