Jean Carlos Torres-Darwin Prize added to non-televised portion of James-Butaev 10/30 card
One of Mayweather Promotions’ top prospects will face what on paper appears to be his toughest test on October 30.
BoxingScene.com has learned that Jean Carlos Torres will meet Darwin Price before the start of a “Showtime Championship Boxing” hat-trick that night in Las Vegas. Torres (19-0, 15 KOs), a powerful Puerto Rican southpaw, and Houston’s Price (17-1, 10 KOs) will meet in an unsubstantiated 10-round junior welterweight bout on the Jamal James undercard -Radzhab Butaev at the Michelob ULTRA Arena in Mandalay Bay.
As previously reported by BoxingScene.com, the Showtime telecast on October 30 will feature welterweights in the main event and co-feature.
James of Minneapolis (27-1, 12 KOs) will defend his WBA welterweight world title against Russian Radzhab Butaev (13-0, 10 KOs, 1 NC) in the 12-round main event. Butaev has to shoot for James’ secondary WBA belt because Alexander Besputin tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug after defeating Butaev by unanimous decision in their 12-round title fight in November 2019 in Monte Carlo.
Philadelphia’s Jaron Ennis (27-0, 25 KOs, 1 NC) and Puerto Rican veteran Thomas Dulorme (25-5-1, 16 KOs) are expected to face each other in the 12-round co-feature. Showtime’s first match aired on October 30 is a 10-round lightweight bout between Dominican Republic’s Michel Rivera (21-0, 14 KOs) and Argentine Jose Matias Romero (24-1, 8 KOs).
Torres, 31, has won eight consecutive fights by knockout or technical knockout since he edged Kevin Nieves by split decision in an eight-round game in June 2018. In his most recent action, Torres punched out Zack Kuhn (10-8-1, 5 KOs) to canvas twice in the second round of a bout he won by TKO in the same round on June 6 on the Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul undercard at Hard Rock Stadium of Miami Gardens, Florida.
The only loss for Price, 32, was the result of a knee injury he sustained in the fifth round against then undefeated Malik Hawkins in December 2019. Price had won each of the first four rounds on all three draws. edge entering the fifth round against Hawkins in a televised Showtime fight as part of the Gervonta Davis-Yuriorkis Gamboa undercard at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
Price has won his only fight since suffering the knee injury on April 21. He knocked out Saul Corral (23-17, 13 KOs) in the fifth round of their scheduled eight-round bout at the Shrine Auditorium & Exposition Center in Los Angeles.
Keith Idec is a senior writer / columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.