Rodney Berman is aware of a factor or two about prizefighting in his over 40 years as a boxing promoter. Having promoted fighters and struggle playing cards in South Africa, Berman has a eager eye for expertise.
Berman could be very excessive on once-beaten Roarke Knapp and is satisfied he can obtain success as a contender abroad.
Knapp will face Ahmed El Mousaoui Saturday evening at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, South Africa, not removed from his residence in close by Edenvale. The ten-round struggle will air reside on SuperSport all through South Africa.
The 24-year-old Knapp (15-1-1, 11 knockouts) is coming off his most-impressive win, on paper, defeating former world junior light-weight title challenger and light-weight contender Dante Jardon of Mexico Metropolis by unanimous determination on December 10.
The win over Jardon occurred about six months after defeating Brandon Thysse by split-decision. The win avenged Knapp’s solely defeat, which was a knockout loss to Thysse in November 2019. For the reason that loss to Thysse, Knapp has reeled off six consecutive wins, 4 by knockout.
Knapp has fought on playing cards promoted by Berman since 2017. Berman has seen Knapp develop right into a strong prospect who has the flexibility to contend in a really aggressive junior middleweight division.
“Though Ahmed boasts a superb report, we predict a Knapp victory, absolutely elevating him (into) the WBC top-10,” Berman instructed The Ring earlier this week. “(Roarke) can not afford to falter and I believe we’ll see a future champion/ contender in motion.”
El Mousaoui (34-4-1, 8 KOs), who resides in Aulnay-sous-Bois, France, misplaced by cut up determination to countryman and unbeaten David Papot in his final bout on June 4. He had gained his earlier 10 fights since dropping to Celestino Rodriguez, additionally by cut up determination, in December 2016.
The 32-year-old additionally has a unanimous determination loss to former WBO world welterweight titleholder Jeff Horn and determination wins over former WBC world junior welterweight titleholder Junior Witter and Javier Molina.
Additionally on the cardboard is a compelling 10-round struggle between junior bantamweights Ricardo Malajica and Adrian Lerasan of the Philippines.
Malajica (10-2, 8 KOs), who resides in Johannesburg, stopped Sihle Jelwana in his final bout on December 10. The 24-year-old has gained three of his final 4 bouts, all by knockouts.
Lerasan (12-4, 5 KOs) stopped previously-unbeaten Nattapong Jankaew in his final bout on August 19. The southpaw, who resides in Manilla within the Philippines, has gained his final 5 bouts since dropping by determination to Dave Apolinario in June 2019.
“(Malajica-Lerasan) is an fascinating undercard struggle,” mentioned Berman. “Lerasan is ranked No. 10 by the WBC, however now we have a whole lot of confidence in Malajica, who was considered one of South Africa’s most adorned amateurs. A star will probably be born this Saturday.”
Shervantaigh Koopman (10-0, 7 KOs) of Pretoria will sq. off towards Jackson Kaptein (6-1-1, 4 KOs) in a 12-round junior middleweight bout.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for BoxingScene since September 2012 and has lined boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He may be reached by e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing