Joseph Adorno will return to his roots for his first televised headliner.
BoxingScene.com has learned that Adorno will now face Argentina’s Hugo Roldan in a scheduled ten-round junior welterweight battle atop a previously announced September 9 ShoBox tripleheader from Bally’s Event Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Adorno accepted the fight on Monday, replacing stablemate Shinard Bunch who was pulled from the show for undisclosed reasons.
The development provides Adorno (16-1-2, 14KOs) with his fourth fight of 2022, after having struggled to regularly make his way back to the ring since the pandemic. The Puerto Rican prospect from Allentown, Pennsylvania—who now trains in Orlando—fought just once each in 2020 and 2021, the inactivity in part attributed to his own struggles at the scales which resulted in at least two fights being canceled during that time.
Interestingly, the current rate of activity began in defeat. Adorno came up short in a ten-round decision in favor of Michel Rivera in their March 26 battle of unbeaten lightweights in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The fight opened a Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader topped by the U.S. debut of Australia’s Tim Tszyu. Adorno has since won two straight in his adopted hometown of Orlando—including an early knockout victory on July 23—and now taking the interesting step of going from the network’s flagship series to its long-running prospect-based platform.
It will also mark Adorno’s first fight in his home region since January 2020, when he fought to an eight-round draw with Hector Garcia at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Etess Arena. He will now head roughly one mile down the strip to Bally’s which hosted the first-ever ShoBox card more than 21 years ago.
Roldan (21-0-1, 7KOs) keeps intact his U.S. debut and his second straight fight outside of his native Argentina. He is a promotional and training stablemate of leading junior middleweight contender Sebastian Fundora (19-0-1, 13KOs)—and his sister Gabriela (8-0, 4KOs), a flyweight prospect. All three are trained by Freddy Fundora—Sebastian and Gabriela’s father—and promoted by Sampson Lewkowicz, with Roldan relocating to Coachella, California to regularly work with the team.
The 29-year-old Roldan is coming off a ten-round points win over German del Castillo on January 14, surviving two knockdowns to prevail on the road in Panama City, Panama.
The rest of the tripleheader remains intact.
In the co-feature, undefeated Filipino featherweight prospect Bernard Angelo Torres (16-0, 7 KOs) faces Dominican Republic’s Frency Fortunato Saya (13-1, 10 KOs). Opening the telecast, ShoBox returnee Janelson Bocachica (17-0-1, 11 KOs) battles knockout artist Roiman Villa (24-1, 24 KOs) at welterweight. Both bouts are currently scheduled for eight rounds.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox