Kingsely Ibeh is prepared to make history in The Bubble.
Already armed with two wins in a one-week span, the Phoenix-based Nigerian is set to become the first three-time participant on Top Rank’s current closed-doors summer series. Event handlers have confirmed to BoxingScene.com that Ibeh has emerged as the opponent of choice for Italy’s Guido Vianello, as the two will collide in a heavyweight preliminary bout on July 21 at MGM Grand Conference Center (“The Bubble”) in Las Vegas.
The fight will serve in supporting capacity to a 10-round junior lightweight headliner between former featherweight titlist Oscar Valdez (27-0, 21KOs) and Puerto Rico’s Jayson Velez (29-6-1, 22KOs).
Vianello (7-0, 7KOs) will make his second Bubble appearance, having fought on the undercard of the series debut. The 2016 Italian Olympian scored a 1st round knockout versus soft touch Don Haynesworth, though figures to endure a far stiffer challenge on Tuesday.
Ibeh has emerged as a cult favorite, on the strength of appearances on consecutive Thursdays preceding Independence Day. The 26-year old avenged his lone career defeat in scoring a 4th round stoppage of Waldo Cortes on the June 25 edition of Top Rank Boxing on ESPN. One week later, the full-time insurance salesman and now aspiring heavyweight prospect was forced to go the six-round distance in claiming a majority decision over previously unbeaten Patrick Mailata.
An entirely different beast awaits him in Vianello, a 6’6” knockout artist who is now based out Las Vegas.
The 26-year old has been a knockout every time out in the pro ranks, with his deepest fight to date coming in a 3rd round stoppage of Cassius Anderson last September at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Vianello—who has worked with current lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21KOs) has fought just 11 rounds to date in his pro career.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox