David Morrell will return to familiar grounds for his next assignment.
BoxingScene.com has confirmed that the unbeaten secondary WBA super middleweight titlist from Minneapolis by way of Santa Clara, Cuba will next face mandatory challenger Aidos Yerbossynuly. The bout will air on a yet-to-be-announced November 5 Showtime telecast from The Armory in Morrell’s adopted hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
As previously reported by BoxingScene.com’s Keith Idec, the show will also include a crossroads bout between Morrell’s equally ambitious countryman Yoelvis Gomez (6-0, 5KOs) and former unified junior middleweight titlist Jeison ‘Banana’ Rosario (23-3-1, 17KOs). It is not yet known as this goes to publish whether a third live fight will be added to the telecast or if the show will include a replay of the Jake Paul-Anderson Silva Showtime Pay-Per-View main event which takes place one week prior in Glendale, Arizona.
Morrell (7-0, 6KOs) will attempt the fourth defense of his version of the WBA title, all of which will have come at his hometown venue where he also made his pro debut. The 24-year-old Cuban southpaw made his Showtime debut in his most recent start, after having fought exclusively on Fox platforms. He is coming off a fourth-round knockout of Kalvin Henderson on a June 4 Showtime card from The Armory.
Yerbossynuly (16-0, 11KOs) will fight in the U.S. for the first time since back-to-back prospect-level fights in 2017. The unbeaten contender from Almaty, Kazakhstan—who turns 31 nine days after fight night—advanced to the mandatory position for Morrell’s secondary title following a tenth-round knockout of Lennox Allen last September 12 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Morrell outpointed Allen in an August 2020 interim WBA title fight before receiving an upgrade to ‘World’ (Regular) title status in January 2021. The advancement came shortly after Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez outpointed then-unbeaten WBA ‘Super’ champ Callum Smith in their December 2020 title consolidation clash.
The WBA has yet to order an Alvarez-Morrell fight, instead assigning a mandatory challenger to Morrell.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox