Canadian junior welterweight Yves Ulysse Jr. (18-1, 9 KOs) will return to the ring against Venezuela's Ismael Barroso (21-3-2, 20 KOs) in the twelve-round main event of Thursday Night Fights on Dec. 5th at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. In the co-feature, D’Mitrius Ballard (20-0, 13 KOs) of Maryland and Brazil's Yamaguchi Falcao (16-1, 7 KOs) will square off in a ten-round middleweight. contest This will be a battle between two contenders who developed under the Golden Boy banner, but only one will move forward to a world title shot. The fights will be streamed live DAZN and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The series will also be available on regional sports networks around the nation.
Ulysse Jr. is a 31-year-old contender of Montreal, Canada who has scored four victories since a split decision loss to Steve Claggett in October 2017. Aside from avenging his loss to Claggett in their last fight, th left-handed Ulysse Jr. has also defeated previously unbeaten fighters Zachary "Zungry" Ochoa, Esrnesto España and Cletus "Hebrew Hammer" Seldin.
“I had the best training camp of my career,” said Ulysse. “My sparring partners have pushed me, and I feel in the best shape I've ever been. I'm convinced that I will offer a great performance and intend to dominate my opponent with my speed and precision.”
Barroso, a heavy-handed 36-year-old southpaw out of El Tigre, Venezuela, is a former WBA interim lightweight champion who has scored knockouts in 20 of his 21 victories, including a fifth-round technical knockout over Kevin Mitchell and a dominant stoppage win against Fidel “Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr.
“If people think that I’m coming here as a stepping stone, then they’re totally wrong because I’m coming prepared mentally and physical to knock out Yves Ulysse Jr,” said Ismael Barroso. “I have demonstrated in the past people have tried to bring me as an opponent and I have come out victorious. This fight will not be the exception.”
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Rianna Rios of Colorado Springs will make her professional debut in a four-round featherweight fight.
Tickets for Ulysse Jr. vs. Barroso are on sale at www.socafights.com