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Alan Picasso will return to action on July 15 against Sabelo Ngebinyana

Alan David Picasso
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Unbeaten junior featherweight Alan Picasso will return to action on July 15, Golden Boy Promotions announced Wednesday afternoon.

Picasso will face Sabelo Ngebinyana in a 10-round bout that will headline a Golden Boy Fight Night: Mexico Edition card in Picasso’s hometown of Mexico City. The card will stream live on DAZN in the United States and on Azteca TV throughout Mexico.

A Golden Boy Promotions representative told The Ring a couple of venues are being considered, but nothing has been finalized.

The July 15 clash between Picasso and Ngebinyana is a WBC world title elimination bout.

Picasso (24-0-1, 13 knockouts) has built an unbeaten record fighting modest opposition as of late. In his last fight on March 4, stopping Kevin Villanueva in the sixth round. In his previous fight on November 12, Picasso stopped Alexander Mejia in the fourth round.

The 22-year-old has displayed power and aggression in recent fights, stopping his last six opponents and eight of his last ten foes.

With Naoya Inoue now fighting at 122 pounds, Picasso is confident he is in the mix amongst the best fighters in the division.

“I am ready to face the most important fight of my career,” said Picasso, who made his pro debut at the age of 16. “Sabelo is a strong, accurate, and experienced fighter. But through my 25 fights, I have acquired qualities to be able to take this fight. I am happy for the opportunity. Thank you (Zanfer Promotions president) Fernando Beltran, (Golden Boy Promotions chairman) Oscar De La Hoya and DAZN for placing their trust in me.

“After July 15, no one will be able to hide that I am the strongest junior featherweight in Mexico, and I will go for the world title. (Luis) Nery, Inoue, and (Stephon) Fulton should take care of themselves, because Picasso is in the division.”

Ngebinyana (15-6-1, 11 KOs), who resides in Cape Town, South Africa, fought to a split-decision draw against Tony Rashid in his last bout on February 24. In his previous fight on October 29, Ngebinyana was stopped by once-beaten prospect Filipus Hghitumbwa in the 11th round.

The 30-year-old has some experience fighting abroad. His clash against Picasso will mark the sixth country he has fought in outside South Africa. With a lot at stake, Ngebinyana is confident he will be victorious against Picasso on foreign soil.

“It will be my first time in Mexico and the only thing I think about is that I will be the No. 2 mandatory of the WBC once again,” said Ngebinyana. “I respect David a lot. He is a great boxer, complicated and knows how to work, round by round, but I am not going to leave anything to the judges.

“I don’t know if they are underestimating me, but I come to do my job. I worked very hard and, although I have defeats (on) my record, this will be my greatest victory.”

Golden Boy will announce the complete undercard at a later date.


Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached at [email protected]