Alexis Rocha will headline DAZN’s first stateside show of the new year.
BoxingScene.com has learned that Golden Boy Promotions and DAZN have finalized plans for a January 28 show, kicking off an aggressive scheduling stretch for the sports streaming platform. Rocha will face Atlantic City’s Anthony Young in the main event from the state-of-the-art YouTube Theater in Inglewood, California.
Further details on the card are not available as this goes to publish. Representatives from Golden Boy and DAZN did not respond to inquiries seeking comment or confirmation.
The date was originally reserved for Ryan Garcia, who was due to face Mercito Gesta in a stay-busy fight ahead of his planned springtime superfight versus Gervonta Davis. Garcia opted out of the date, preferring to go straight into a fight with Davis (27-0, 25KOs). The move left Golden Boy to search for a new main event to preserve its first fight date of 2023.
Rocha (21-1, 13KOs) will reap the benefits, as he will fight for the fifth time in a span of just over 14 months. The 25-year-old southpaw from Santa Ana, California enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2022, posting three wins including a ninth-round knockout of unbeaten Blair Cobbs on March 19 in Los Angeles.
In his most recent start, Rocha outpointed Jesus Antonio Perez over ten rounds last October 29 at Pechanga Arena in San Diego. The feat extended his win streak to five in a row since a narrow twelve-round defeat to Rashidi Ellis in October 2020.
Young (24-2, 8KOs) has mostly fought out of his Atlantic City hometown but traveled west for the biggest win of his career. It came on a Golden Boy-promoted show, as the streaking bubble contender scored a third-round knockout of former WBO junior middleweight titlist Sadam Ali on the May 2019 Canelo Alvarez-Daniel Jacobs undercard in Las Vegas.
The victory was as much of a curse as it was a career rival. The combination of the pandemic and his high-risk, low-reward profile left Young out of the ring for more than two years, as he’s fought just three times since beating Ali. He enters this fight following an eight round points win over Jose Zaragoza last October 29 in Atlantic City.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox