17:18 / 01.07.2020
Shakhram Giyasov to defend his WBA International Title against Francisco Rojo in August

Matchroom Boxing USA returns to action in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, August 15, as Shakhram Giyasov continues to rise up the Super-Lightweight rankings. He defends his WBA International Super-Lightweight title against Francisco Rojo, matchroomboxing.com reports.

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Giyasov (9-0 7 KOs) picked up the strap he defends in Tulsa in April 2019 with victory over Emanuel Taylor in California, and in his first defense certainly saw the boxing world stand up and take notice as he obliterated former World champion, Darleys Perez, inside 30 seconds of the fight.

Giyasov is ranked at number seven in the WBA and a second successful defense of his belt would move him into a great position to land a shot at the World title in the future.

“I’m very excited to defend my title on August 15 against Francisco Rojo,” said Giyasov. “I know how tough of a fight this is and have already started training with Coach Diaz in Southern California to prepare for victory.

“Huge thanks to my team at World of Boxing and Vadim Kornilov along with Matchroom Boxing and DAZN for this tremendous opportunity.”

Rojo (22-3 15 KOs) returns to action following a brief spell on the sidelines and looking to spoil Giyasov’s rise. The Mexican has a wealth of experience from his 25 fight pro career, and the 29-year-old is confident of causing an upset against the 26-year-old.

“What a wonderful opportunity,” said Rojo. “My gym is now open and I will be well prepared. I showed American fans I could fight when I fought Ryan Martin in Las Vegas and I’ll remind them again when I beat Giyasov.”