Conceição vs Martinez on Jan 29, LIVE on ESPN & FITE TV

January 29: 130-pound eliminator Robson Conceição-Xavier Martinez takes the main event stage at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa LIVE on ESPN.

Fighting fans outside the US can watch the action on FITE:

The picture for the 2022 World Junior Lightweight Championship title will become clearer on Saturday, Jan. 29 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The 10-round main event — a WBC title disqualification — will see recent title contender Robson “O Brabo” Conceição attempt to bring back Xavier Martinez from the original Sacramento at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Martinez recently signed a multi-fight deal with Top Rank and will be looking to shine in his first promotional appearance. The Conceição-Martinez and Co-Feature will be broadcast live on ESPN & ESPN Deportes (simulcast on ESPN+) at 10PM ET / 7PM PT. Undercard matches will be broadcast live and exclusively on ESPN+.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tony Holden Productions, tickets starting at $49.50 are on sale now and can be purchased at Tickets.hardrockcasinotulsa.com and at the Box Office at 918-384-ROCK (7625).

“This has everything to make for a special, action-packed main event,” said Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank. “Conceição nearly beat the great Oscar Valdez for the title, while Martinez is a little kid hoping to make a name in the 130lb class.”

Conceição (16-1, 8 KOs), of Bahia, Brazil, took home a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, capping a more than 400 fight in an amateur career that included wins over the likes of Cuba’s Lazaro Alvarez and a minor defeat by Vasili Lomachenko at the 2011 World Championships. After nearly five years as an undefeated professional, Conceicao challenged WBC World Champion Valdez in September. Conceicao built an early lead, but Valdes walked in late to shade the unanimous decision.

Conceicao said, “Nothing can stop me. Nothing can make me lose focus. I remain resolute towards my goal of becoming a world champion. My last fight was just a minor setback. I will make sure that all my hard work and sacrifices are not in vain.”

“I am excited to have the opportunity to be the main event and take on an undefeated fighter like Xavier Martinez. I am sure we will give the fans a great show.”

Martinez (17-0, 11 KOs) started boxing at the age of 6 in Sacramento and collected an amateur record of 85-10 before turning professional in June 2015. He went up in 2019 by knockout wins over Jesse Chris Rosales and John Vincent Moraldi and survived A gut check against former interim world champion Claudio Marrero the following year. Martinez lost twice in the eighth round but beat Marrero in the championship rounds to get a unanimous decision. He last fought in May and dominated veteran Juan Carlos Burgos in 10 rounds.

“It was a dream to get a multi-year promotional deal with Top Rank and be the main event on ESPN,” Martinez said. “This is my chance to show the world that I am the best in the 130lb class and work towards my goal of becoming a world champion under the Top Rank banner.”

“Xavier is in a position to write his own destiny, and it’s set up,” said Rick Merigian, Martinez’s manager. “He can bring the sport back to Sacramento in a big way and fulfill his dream of becoming the world champion. Thank you to Top Rank for getting this done and for believing in Xavier.”

January 29: René Telles’ lightweight Jeron Luis Melendez Jr. is confirmed as a co-feature for Robson Conceição-Xavier Martinez at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa LIVE on ESPN

Mexican action star Rene “El Bravo” Tellez Giron will meet Puerto Rican creator Luis Melendez for a 10-round junior heavyweight showdown on Saturday, January 29th at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa.

Jeron Melendez will be a joint advantage for the 10-round WBC Junior Lightweight title remover between former title contender Robson Conceicao and undefeated contender Xavier Martinez. Both matches will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes (simulcast on ESPN+) at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PT.

The bottom card of ESPN+ will include the return of undefeated middleweight detective Nico Ali Walsh (3-0, 2 KOs), Muhammad Ali’s grandson, in a four-round match. Ali Walsh made his professional debut last August with a first-round layover at Tulsa’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Jeremiah Milton (3-0, 3 KOs), a Tulsa-born heavyweight, will see action on the bottom card in a six-course game.

Jeron (16-1, 10 KOs), a 22-year-old rising star from Queretaro, Mexico, emerged from relative obscurity with a December 2019 knockout victory over then-unbeaten US Olympics Carlos Balderas. He’s won two games since Balderas’ victory, including a seventh-round knockout over Eduardo Garza last September on the Oscar Valdez-Conceição card in Tucson, Arizona. Melendez (17-1, 13 KOs), the winner in 15 straight fights since a controversial split decision loss, was 2021. He racked up seven wins in three months at Columbia, then returned to the United States with a boom. Melendez won an eight-round decision over Thomas Mattis at Virgin Las Vegas hotels last November, the best win of his career that earned him a common spot against Jeron.

“I told my manager, Frank Espinosa, that I was ready to fight any lightweight guys out there,” Jeron said. “Melendez answered the call, and we will fight the Tulsa fans hard. When you have Mexican versus Puerto Rico, you can’t help but be toe-to-toe.”

“I took this opportunity without hesitation,” Melendez said. “I am grateful for this podium, and will put the 130lb division on the know. Jeron is the man my way. I am the next Puerto Rican superstar, and I am going to prove it in Tulsa.”

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tony Holden Productions, tickets starting at $49.50 are on sale now and can be purchased at Tickets.hardrockcasinotulsa.com and at the Box Office at 918-384-ROCK (7625).

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