A homecoming appearance for one of the sport’s most notable influencers will include additional local flavor.
Cleveland natives Charles Conwell and Montana Love will appear in separate undercard slots in support of Jake Paul’s upcoming clash with former UFC champion Tyron Woodley. The placement of both prospects on the show were revealed during a press conference held Thursday morning at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, home of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and the hosting venue for the August 29 Showtime Pay-Per-View event.
Conwell (15-0, 11KOs) fights for the third time in his home state, and his first since December 2018. The 2016 U.S. Olympian has emerged as one of the sport’s hottest prospects and a threat in the red-hot junior middleweight division.
The opportunity for the 23-year-old comes after fallouts from two previously scheduled bouts. Conwell was due to appear on a Ring City USA show this past April before suffering a hand injury in having to withdraw. He was then due to serve in supporting capacity of the planned June 19 Triller Pay-Per-View which was scrapped when its headliner, lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez Jr. (16-0, 12KOs) tested positive for COVID-19 and had to withdraw from his title defense versus George Kambosos Jr. (19-0, 10KOs).
Conwell was able to land a stay-busy fight, outpointing Silverio Ortiz on a June 26 show in Ashland, Kentucky.
Love (15-0-1, 7KOs)—a current junior welterweight prospect—fights in his hometown for the first time since 2019. That homecoming appearance came one year after his hard-fought eight-round draw with Kenneth Sims Jr. on a July 2018 Shobox card. Four wins have followed for the 26-year-old southpaw, including his August 2019 return to Cleveland and—in his most recent start—a second-round knockout of unbeaten Olaide Fijabi on a June 5 show in Dubai.
Opponents for Conwell and Love were not announced at the time of Thursday’s press conference.
In the main event, Paul (3-0, 3KOs) and Woodley (19-7-1, 7KOs in MMA) collide in a scheduled eight-round bout at a catchweight of 190 pounds. The evening’s co-feature will pit record-setting seven-division titlist Amanda Serrano (40-1-1, 30KOs) in the second defense her unified featherweight title reign versus Yamileth Mercado.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox