Amir Imam in title eliminator on July 18 Chavez-Reyes card
Undefeated 140-pound contender Amir “Young Master” Imam will take on former world-title challenger Fernando Angulo as part of the split-network fight card in El Paso, Texas, on July 18.
Imam was the subject of RingTV.com’s “New Faces” feature in January and since then has won two high-profile 10-rounders, continuing his relatively fast track to a title shot. The winner of Imam-Angulo will become the mandatory challenger to the winner of Lucas Matthysse vs. Viktor Postol, which will be for the vacant WBC junior welterweight belt.
Imam-Angulo will take place on the Showtime half of the broadcast, which will culminate with a super middleweight showdown between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Marcos Reyes.
Imam’s last outing was a unanimous-decision win over Walter Castillo on the card featuring Chavez’s knockout loss to Andrzej Fonfara in April. Before that, Imam closed the show against Fidel Maldonado in the fifth round with a wicked left hook on the undercard of Deontay Wilder’s title-winning victory over Bermane Stiverne in January.
“I’m excited for the fight. My dream is finally coming true,” said the 24-year-old Imam, who hails from Albany, New York, in a press release. “This is basically my title shot right here. This is the biggest fight of my career and I know I can’t mess it up. Not everyone gets to make it here, but I get to show the world my talents once again.”
Imam’s nickname is an homage to “Old Master” Joe Gans, who was regarded by many, including RING founder Nat Fleischer, to be the No. 1 lightweight of all time.
The veteran Angulo (29-9, 16 KOs), of Ecuador, is currently on a five-fight winning streak which included a ninth-round TKO of former world-title challenger Pablo Cesar Cano in March 2014. Angulo lost a unanimous decision to then-lightweight titleholder Juan Diaz in 2006.
“I’m excited to face Amir Imam on July 18,” Angulo said. “This is a great opportunity for me to get a huge win on Showtime and in front of the great boxing fans in El Paso. I’m not going to waste this chance.”