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Alberto Palmetta and Janelson Figueroa clash in Florida in a high-stakes bout

Alberto Palmetta. Photo by Dave Mandel/ Showtime
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Welterweights Janelson Figueroa and Alberto Palmetta know a lot is on the line in tonight’s clash.

That, along with their respective styles, could produce a great fight.

Figueroa and Palmetta will clash in a compelling bout at the Whitesands (ProBox TV) Events Center in Plant City, Florida. The 10-round bout will headline a card that will stream live on the ProBox TV app and YouTube channel (8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT).

At Tuesday’s weigh-in, the taller Figueroa weighed in at 145.8 pounds. Palmetta came in at 146.4 pounds.

It is a crossroads clash between Figueroa and Palmetta as the winner takes a significant step forward in a very deep welterweight division. Both fighters have fought on ShoBox, the long-running Showtime series that televised fights between unbeaten fighters and prospects.

Chris Glover, ProBox TV’s senior producer, believes this fight will be very competitive and crowd-pleasing.

“This fight will be a banger,” Glovers told The Ring Tuesday evening. “No one will take a step backward. This is the type of fight that would put the winner into contender status at 147 pounds.”

Figueroa (17-1-1, 11 knockouts), who resides in Detroit, Michigan, last fought on September 9 of last year, losing by unanimous decision to contender Roiman Villa. In his previous fight in July 2021, Figueroa fought Shinard Bunch to a split-decision draw in a fight many thought Bunch did enough to win.

The 25-year-old does have victories over Mark Reyes, Jr., who entered the bout unbeaten, and once-beaten Nicklaus Flaz.

Palmetta (18-2, 13 KOs) lost by unanimous decision to Jamal James in his last bout on February 25, but Palmetta has won his last 11 fights, including wins over Erik Vega Ortiz, Tre’Sean Wiggins, and Yeis Solano.

The 33-year-old is promoted by Sampson Lewkowicz.

In the co-feature, former WBO world junior featherweight titleholder Angelo Leo (21-1, 10 KOs) of will face Nicolas Polanco (20-4-1 1 NC, 11 KOs) of the Dominican Republic in a 10-round bout.

Leo (21-1. 9 KOs), who resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be making his debut at 126 pounds. The 29-year-old has not fought since a unanimous decision victory over Aaron Alameda in June 2021.

Polanco fought to a no-contest in the second round of his last fight on June 10. Prior to the Conceicao fight, Polando had lost three fights in a row.

In the opening bout of the ProBox TV card, featherweight Mykell Gamble (5-0, 3 KOs) of Cincinnati, Ohio will square off against Brazil’s Carlos Dos Santos Rocha (3-1, 2 KOs) in a four-round bout.

Gamble has sparred against unbeaten lightweight contender Shakur Stevenson and former WBO world junior lightweight titleholder Jamel Herring.

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]