Gradovich-Munoz: Jack Reiss To Be The Third Man

By Carlos Costa

International Referee Jack Reiss of Oxnard Beach, California, will be the third man in charge of the action when Russian IBF Featherweight World Champion Evgeny Gradovich makes his first title defense against IBF #1 Featherweight Mauricio Javier Muñoz of Argentina this coming Saturday July 27 at The Venetian® Cotai Arena™ in Macau, China.

The announcement was confirmed by Lindsey E. Tucker, IBF Championships Chairman.   The all-American panel of judges are: Mrs. Adalaide Byrd of Las Vegas NV, Mike Ancona of Ohio and Jerome P. Jakubco of Evanston, Illinois.

The 26 year-old world champion Evgeny Gradovich (16-0, 8 KOs), born and raised in Igrim, Siberia, signed last year with Top Rank and moved to Oxnard to train with the current Trainer of the Year Roberto Garcia.   The jovial Gradovich is nicknamed by his stablemates as "The Mexican Russian," for his aggressive fighting style and fluency in Español.

Last March, Gradovich showed up as a replacement in the main event on ESPN Friday Night Fights and defeated the defending world champion, capturing the IBF Featherweight world crown.

His rumble against Muñoz will be his first world title defense.

Meanwhile, the challenger Mauricio Javier Muñoz (26-3, 12 KOs) of San Juan, Argentina, is the current IBF Latino Featherweight Champion.   Nicknamed by his fellow countrymen as "Chucky,"  Muñoz will have his second shot at a world belt.

Two years ago, the 27 year-old Muñoz (26-3, 12 KOs) lost in devastating fashion to the fists of then Japanese WBC Super Bantamweight world champ  Toshiaki Nishioka.  Since that tough night in Kobe, Japan, the motivated Muñoz has scored back to back wins and captured his regional belt.

Both, Gradovich and Muñoz, are orthodox warriors standing at 5' 7".    Their match is one of the two world title fights on the line in this weekends's Macau card billed as "ZOU SHIMING: Fists of Gold II."

The other one is the defense of hard-hitting Mexican WBA/WBO Flyweight champ Juan Francisco "Gallo" Estrada from undefeated Milan Melindo of the Philippines.

In the headliner, Chinese 2-time Olympic gold medalist and 3-time Amateur World Champion Zou Shiming gets back into action to battle unheralded Jesús "Jibarito" Ortega (3-1, 2 KOs) of Sonora, Mexico.

"ZOU SHIMING: Fists of Gold II" this Saturday July 27 at The Venetian® Macau's Cotai Arena™ is promoted by Top Rank Inc. and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate and aired on HBO and TV Azteca.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by zaktiel on 07-22-2013

war!!! chucky Muñoz!!!:boxing:

Comment by giacomino on 07-21-2013

Gradovich wins this with a wide UD or late KO. Munoz is a cupcake mandatory and Grad handles him easily

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 07-21-2013

As long as the third man isn't Phil Edwards from yesterday then it's all good.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Frank Bruno Issues Joseph Parker Warning To Anthony Joshua Golden Boy Prez on Golovkin: Sounds Like Fear, Making Excuses Liam Smith: There is No Way Ali Beats Even a 75% Version of Cotto Willy Vlautin and His Love For The Sport of Boxing WBC Prez is Waiting For Mikey Garcia To Make His Decision Golden Boy Prez Reacts: It Sounds Like Golovkin Wants Out! Golovkin: Those Responsible For Draw Are Terrorists, Need Jail! Golovkin: Canelo is Cheating, Using Drugs - De La Hoya is Dirty Yuriorkis Gamboa, Golden Boy Promotions Part Ways Jorge Arce Comes Out Firing in Defense of Canelo, Luis Nery Hearn Reacts To Wilder Calling Him 'White Man Milking a Brother' Ryota Murata vs. Emanuele Blandamura Will Be Carried By ESPN Julian Williams vs. Nathaniel Gallimore Finalized For SHO Triple ESPN Names Mayweather 8th Most Dominant Athlete of Past 20 Years Kautondokwa: After Godoy, I am ready for Billy Joe Saunders! Jose Ramirez's First Defense Targeted For Ballpark in Fresno Tyson Fury's New Goal - Break Joe Louis' 25 Defense Record News: Payano vs. Plania, Braulio Rodriguez, Vicente Eyes Dogboe Photos: Dillian Whyte, Lucas Browne, Frank Buglioni - Workouts Ramirez-Imam Tripleheader Averaged Only 488K Viewers for ESPN Anthony Joshua Won’t Discuss What He'll Weigh for Parker Fight News: Klara Svennson Update, Rocco Wadell Back on April 21 Billy Joe Saunders vs. Martin Murray Moves To June 23rd Parker on Joshua: Somebody is Getting KO'd - It Won't Be Me! Prograis Sees 'Lots of Holes' in Jose Ramirez, Respects His Chin Mikey Garcia Explains Why He'd Want Spence Bout Over Crawford Jose Ramirez vs. Amir Imam: Afterthoughts Liam Smith: I Think Ali Might Be Tougher Fight Than Miguel Cotto Hughie Fury: I'll Be World Champion, I'm a World Level Fighter! Kudratillo Abdukakhorov Rising in Ranks After Malaysia Win Whyte Shakes Head: Joshua is Not Going To Fight Wilder Next Sanchez: If Canelo Dominates Golovkin, I'll Admit GGG Got Old Ismael Salas Denies Rumors of Split With Jorge Linares March Madness shocker yields memories of giant ring surprises Ellerbe Concerned, Would Advise Mayweather To Avoid MMA McGregor Opens as 10-1 Favorite in Mayweather MMA Fight Wilder: I'm Convinced Joshua, Hearn Are Definitely Scared of Me! Buitrago Pulled From Hard Rock Card Over Murder For Hire Beef Frampton Slams Quigg, Not Buying His Excuse For Missing Weight Golden Boy Matchmaker Reacts to 'Neno' Calling Out Ryan Garcia

Latest Active Forum Threads