Michael Dutchover to face Clarence Sales space, Friday, on ProBox TV

A brand new weight class and an intriguing match might be what Michael Dutchover is searching for. Dutchover shouldn’t be giving up on the dream of combating for a world title however he’s desirous to show current setbacks won’t outline his profession.

Dutchover will face Clarence Sales space, Friday night time, at White Sands Occasion Heart, in Plant Metropolis, Florida. The eight-round bout might be a part of an eight-man “Final Likelihood” match that might be streamed stay on ProBox TV (7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT).

In the principle occasion, longtime IBF obligatory challenger Fanlong Meng, will face former Ring champion Jean Pascal in a 12-round bout.

Dutchover (15-2, 10 knockouts), initially from Midland, Texas and now residing within the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Fe Springs, misplaced by stoppage after the sixth spherical to once-beaten Nahir Albright. The ringside doctor stopped the battle after Dutchover was knocked down 4 instances.

After competing at light-weight for many of his professional profession, Dutchover and his crew determined to maneuver as much as 140 kilos to compete within the match. He feels he doesn’t have to empty himself any longer and is comfy making weight for Friday’s battle.

“I’m taking this entire match as a solution to catapult myself,” Dutchover informed The Ring Tuesday afternoon. “Boxing has its ups and downs. I used to be knocked down and I needed to get again up. I respect this chance from ProBox TV, together with [my co-promoters] Thompson Boxing [Promotions] and Banner Promotions. It’s an amazing alternative to showcase my abilities.”

Dutchover has a fan-friendly model, transferring ahead and throwing an considerable quantity of punches. His model may need performed into the arms of the fighters who’ve defeated him.

In September 2019, Dutchover constructed an early lead earlier than opponent Thomas Mattice rallied. Throughout an alternate in shut quarters, a reduce opened over Dutchover’s left eye, which referee Robert Velez dominated was from a punch. The battle was stopped on the recommendation of the ringside doctor within the eighth spherical because the reduce worsened.

The 24-year-old is assured that some changes he has made, together with the stellar sparring he has obtained through the years, will give him an edge.

“I must tighten up my protection,” stated Dutchover, who’s skilled by Danny Zamora. “I understand how I’m as a fighter and what my strengths are, together with coming ahead. I can nonetheless battle going backwards. One of the best of my talents is letting go of my punches and dealing on the within.

“The fighters I’ve sparred towards have been contenders and unbeaten fighters. I’ve sparred [junior welterweight contenders] Jose Zepeda and Arnold Barboza, additionally [lightweight prospect] Ruben Torres. I’ve sparred fighters within the high of their class. Coaching amongst these fighters generally has given me confidence and I’m assured in what I must do within the ring.”

Dutchover will face Sales space (21-4, 13 KOs), who resides in Saint Petersburg and has gained his final six fights, 5 by stoppage. Sales space has confronted high opposition up to now however has fallen quick towards Alex Saucedo, Sergey Lipinets and the late Maxim Dadashev.

It’s straightforward to look forward as to how far Dutchover can go within the match however he’s solely targeted on the Sales space battle Friday night time.

“I’m taking issues on this match on a fight-by-fight foundation,” stated Dutchover. “As soon as I defeat Sales space, then I might provide you with a recreation plan for the following opponent, whoever that’s. I’m not wanting forward as a result of then I find yourself not targeted on the duty at hand. I’m simply targeted on Sales space.

“I’m going to proceed being at my greatest. I’m excited to battle once more and provides it my all within the ring. I really like giving followers their cash’s value.”



Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has lined boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He could be reached by e mail at [email protected] or on Twitter @FSalazarBoxing.




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