An mix of boxing and musical entertainment align March 21, at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., when Roy Englebrecht Events presents in association with American Dream Promotions “Rock This Box.” The 12-round main event features Ron Johnson of Las Vegas facing John Johnson of Batesville, Miss., for the World Boxing Foundation vacant light heavyweight championship. The 10-round semi-main event matches undefeated Melinda Cooper of Las Vegas against Monica Lovato of Albuquerque, N.M., for the International Female Boxing Association vacant bantamweight championship.
Three other Las Vegans also are on the card: undefeated lightweight Sharif Bogere in a six-round bout, super lightweight Josiah Judah in another six-round fight and unbeaten lightweight Johnny Frazier in a four-round match.
The award-winning musical artist will be announced shortly.
“We’ve taken the best of both world in terms of championship-level boxing and an award-winning musical artist and combined them for a complete night of entertainment,” said Roy Englebrecht.
“This truly is the case of something for everyone,” said Englebrecht. “This is an event that is more than boxing and more than music. It’s the best of both, and we envision this as just the start of a dynamic, on-going series.”
The 23-year-old Ron Johnson has a record of 10-1 with three knockouts while the 28-year-old John Johnson, a southpaw, has a mark of 12-2 with 10 knockouts.
Cooper has a record of 19-0 with 11 knockouts while Lovato, the current International Boxing Association female bantamweight champion, has a mark of 12-1 with four knockouts.
Both Cooper and Lovato are going for a second world championship.
Cooper won the Women’s International Boxing Association flyweight champion Jan. 14, 2005, by stopping Anissa Zamarron in the ninth round while Lovato took the IBA bantamweight title July 28, 2007, by decisioning Mariana Juarez.
Judah meets Loren Myers of Fresno, Calif. and Frazier faces Luis Tapia of Compton, Calif. An opponent for Bogere will be determined.
Bogere has a record of 6-0 with three knockouts. The 20-year-old, managed by Las Vegan Jimmy Alex, is one of the most highly regarded lightweight prospects in the world.
Judah has a record of 9-1-1 with two knockouts while Myers has a mark of 7-4 with two knockouts.
Frazier has a record of 2-0 with two knockouts while Tapia has a mark of 1-2 with no knockouts.