Unbeaten welterweight contender Rashidi Ellis is pumped to finally have a date for his return, when he steps in the ring on Julu 9 to face Argentine Olympian Alberto Palmetta in a 10-round duel at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Their fight will be part of a Showtime card with WBC featherweight champion Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo making a mandatory defense against Rey Vargas.
The 29-year-old Ellis (23-0, 14 KOs) is fighting for the first time since October 2020, when he boxed his way to a decision win over dangerous Alexis Rocha.
Ellis will be making his debut for the Premier Boxing Champions banner.
“I’m excited to be back in the ring on July 9,” said Ellis. “I want to thank my whole team, and I can’t wait to deliver fireworks for everyone watching this fight. I’m looking to steal the show and I’m training hard to make sure I do just that. You definitely want to tune in and see what I’m going to do in this one.”
Palmetta (17-1, 12 KOs) represented his home country at the 2016 Olympics before turning pro in November 2016. The 32-year-old has won his last 11 fights, with 10 coming by stoppage, including most recently defeating Yeis Solano in October 2021.
“This fight is very special because it is the same day as Argentinian Independence Day,” said Palmetta. “Four years ago, I made the decision to leave my home and travel to the United States to further my boxing career. I want to face the biggest opponents, so I can earn the opportunity to become a world champion.
"This fight against Ellis is the big step I’ve been looking for. On July 9, get ready, because I’m coming with hunger, hard work, and determination. It hasn’t been easy for me; I have fought through the pain and struggle, and because of it, I remain humble and more motivated than ever.”