Montana Love has been added to the Canelo Alvarez-Dmitry Bivol undercard.
Matchroom Boxing and DAZN announced Monday afternoon that Love will meet Mexico’s Gabriel Valenzuela in a 10-round junior welterweight match May 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Those two corporate partners also confirmed what BoxingScene.com reported two weeks ago, that unbeaten heavyweights Filip Hrgovic and Zhang Zhilei will square off in a 12-round IBF elimination match on the Alvarez-Bivol undercard.
Love-Valenzuela and Hrgovic-Zhilei will be part of DAZN’s inaugural pay-per-view show, which will cost $59.99 for DAZN subscribers and $79.99 for non-subscribers through either DAZN’s app or traditional pay-per-view platforms.
Cleveland’s Love (17-0-1, 9 KOs) will encounter an opponent comparable to his most recent conquest, Carlos Diaz, when he squares off versus Valenzuela (25-2-1, 15 KOs). The 27-year-old Love stopped Mexico’s Diaz (29-2, 14 KOs, 2 NC) in the third round December 4, on the Devin Haney-Joseph Diaz Jr. undercard at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The left-handed Love has displayed power in his past two fights that he hadn’t previously shown in several fights that were televised as part of Showtime’s prospect series, “ShoBox: The New Generation.” Before he stopped Diaz in his Matchroom/DAZN debut, Love beat Belarus’ Ivan Baranchyk (20-3, 13 KOs), a former IBF junior welterweight champ, by technical knockout after the seventh round of an action-packed, back-and-forth fight August 29 on the Jake Paul-Tyron Woodley undercard at RocketMortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland.
Guadalajara’s Valenzuela, 27, has won 15 straight fights since he settled for an eight-round majority draw with Canada’s Jessie Wilcox (then 9-0-1) in May 2018 in Toronto. Valenzuela hasn’t lost since he dropped a six-round unanimous decision to countryman William Zepeda (25-0, 23 KOs) in March 2017 in Guadalajara.
The winner between Croatia’s Hrgovic and China’s Zhilei will become the IBF’s mandatory challenger for its heavyweight champion, Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs).
Hrgovic (14-0, 12 KOs), a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, is the IBF’s third-ranked contender. Zhilei (23-0-1, 18 KOs), who won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and lost to British gold medalist Anthony Joshua at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, is ranked 13th by the IBF.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.