Cuban sensation and undefeated WBA super middleweight champion David Morrell Jr. will defend his title in his adopted hometown when he takes on 168-pound contender Alantez Fox on Saturday, Dec. 18 in the main event of FOX PBC Fight Night and on FOX Deportes live from The Armory in Minneapolis.
The telecast begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features exciting undefeated prospect Jose Valenzuela taking on lightweight contender Austin Dulay in the 10-round co-main event.
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Warriors Boxing, go on sale Tuesday, November 16 and can be purchased through The Armory at http://ArmoryMN.com/ and through Ticketmaster.
“David Morrell Jr. is quickly becoming a fan favorite at The Armory in his new hometown of Minneapolis, and will look to continue his rise in the super middleweight division by taking on the always tough Alantez Fox on December 18,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “The Armory was a hit for David in June and delivered a memorable first round knockout for all the spectators. I expect another incredible atmosphere for this entire card, which also features exciting lightweight prospect Jose Valenzuela in his toughest test yet against Austin Dulay. This is a night you won’t want to miss live on FOX or in Minneapolis.”
Now based and trained in Minneapolis, Morrell (5-0, 4 KOs) has showcased the prodigious talent that made him a standout in Cuba’s iconic amateur scene since arriving in the United States in 2019. Prior to being elevated recently, the 23-year-old captured an interim title by dominating then-undefeated Lennox Allen in action on FOX in August 2020. Most recently, Morell thrilled a packed Armory on June 27, electrifying the crowd with a first round knockout over previously unbeaten Mario Cazares. On December 18, Morrell returns to headline FOX for the third time in less than a year, with back-to-back main event appearances taking place at The Armory.
“I’m grateful to my entire team for this opportunity to perform in front of my fans again at The Armory in Minneapolis,” said Morrell. “We had a great night there in June and have been building on that the entire training camp. I can’t wait to feel the energy from the fans again and continue to show why I’m a force in the super middleweight division.”
Fox (28-2-1, 13 KOs), 29, was undefeated in his first 23 fights, rising through the middleweight division until losing a 2017 bout by decision to undefeated champion Demetrius Andrade. Fighting out of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, he rebounded with three straight wins before losing in the United Kingdom to Liam Williams in December 2019. Fox officially debuted at super middleweight in December 2020 by earning a unanimous decision over Marcos Hernandez before most recently stopping Manny Woods in June at The Armory in Minneapolis.
“I’m excited to fight for my first world title – it’s ‘SlyAza’ Fox on FOX!” said Fox. “It’s an early Christmas present. Get the shopping done, get home and get ready for the show. I’m always prepared and I’m going to make sure I make the most of this opportunity. I’ve been waiting my whole life for this opportunity and I’m going to bring the title home.”
A native of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, Valenzuela (10-0, 6 KOs) now trains as stablemate to undefeated two-time world champion David Benavidez. The 22-year-old turned pro in 2018 and rode a five-fight knockout streak into his most recent fight, which saw him earn his first 10-round decision in a win over Deiner Berrio. Valenzuela will look to close out his 2021 breakout campaign with a fifth win this year on Dec. 18.
“I’m grateful to be on this big stage and in a position to showcase my talents for the world on FOX,” said Valenzuela. “I’m getting better and more dangerous as I continue to grow and learn. Dulay is another tough opponent, but I’m going to be ready for anything he tries to do in the ring. I’m working hard every day and I’m looking forward to proving myself again on Dec. 18.”
Dulay (14-2, 10 KOs) comes into this fight as the winner of three of his last four bouts, and is looking for the best win of his career over Valenzuela on December 18. The 26-year-old fighter most recently defeated Jose Gallegos by unanimous decision in November 2020, putting him back in the win column after a decision loss to former title challenger Diego Magdaleno. Fighting out of his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, Dulay’s only other professional loss came against undefeated super featherweight Chris Colbert.