Tiger Johnson & Carlos Caraballo Highlight Berchelt vs.
Nakathila Mar. 26 Undercard
Boxing’s rising stars are headed to Resorts World Las Vegas.
Welterweight U.S. Olympian Tiger Johnson and Puerto Rican
junior featherweight contender Carlos “Purin” Caraballo will
see action on the Miguel Berchelt-Jeremiah Nakathila
undercard Saturday, March 26 at the Resorts World Events
Johnson will face an opponent to be named in a six-rounder,
while Caraballo hopes to bounce back from his first career
defeat against Luis Fernando Saavedra in an eight-rounder.
Berchelt-Nakathila and a 10-round featherweight battle
between Jose Enrique Vivas and Eduardo Baez will be
televised live on ESPN & ESPN Deportes (simulcast on ESPN+)
at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Undercard bouts, including Johnson
and Caraballo-Saavedra, will stream live and exclusively on
ESPN+ at 6:45 p.m. ET/3:45 p.m. PT.
“There’s plenty of great young talent on the card, including
a young man in Tiger Johnson who I believe can one day
become a world champion,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum.
“We are thrilled to bring world-class boxing to Resorts
World Las Vegas.”
Johnson (2-0, 1 KO) had a sterling 188-17 amateur record,
culminating in his run to the quarterfinal round at the
Tokyo Olympics. He had an eye-opening professional debut
last November in Las Vegas, knocking out Antonius Grable in
four rounds. Johnson returned in January with a shutout
decision over the previously unbeaten Xavier Madrid.
Caraballo (14-1, 14 KOs), from Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, won
his first 14 fights by stoppage and was never extended past
the sixth round. That changed last October when he went the
10-round distance against Jonas Sultan. He knocked down
Sultan once and survived four knockdowns to lose a narrow
decision in one of the best fights of 2021. Caraballo now
has a stiff challenge in Saavedra (9-6, 3 KOs), a Mexican
pressure fighter with a deceiving record. Saavedra has won
two straight fights against previously unbeaten fighters,
including last June’s six-round domination over Robert
“Biggie” Rodriguez (9-0-1 at the time) on a Top Rank card.
In other undercard action streaming live on ESPN+:
Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas (19-2, 9 KOs) will fight an
opponent to be named in an eight-round junior welterweight
tilt. Vargas was one of the division’s rising contenders
until a stunning first-round KO loss to Jose “Chon” Zepeda
last October in New York City.
Featherweight Haven Brady Jr. (5-0, 3 KOs), the one-time
U.S. amateur star, aims to notch his second victory of 2022
against Chilean veteran Jose Argel (8-2, 2 KOs). Argel has
never been knocked out as a pro and has gone six or more
rounds six times in his career.
Light heavyweight prospect Dante Benjamin Jr. (1-0, 1 KO),
fresh off a first-round knockout in his professional debut,
will face fellow unbeaten Kevin Johnson (2-0, 1 KO).
Arturo Cardenas (2-0, 2 KOs), a junior featherweight
knockout artist who trains out of the world-famous Robert
Garcia Boxing Academy in Riverside, California, will fight
Mexican upstart Juan Hernandez Martinez (2-0) in a
Adrian Serrano, a 17-year-old lightweight from Salinas,
California, will make his pro debut in a four-rounder
against Estevan Partida (0-1).