Light middleweight contenders Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira (21-1, 16 KOs) and former world champion Yuri Foreman (31-2, 8 KOs) will fight in separate bouts during “Knockout Night At Hard Rock Live,” presented by MO Productions, on Tuesday night, November 12 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. MO Productions will be making its United States promotional debut after having promoted several shows in Brazil, as well as in Uruguay and the Dominican Republic. The card will air live on SporTV, a Brazilian Sports television broadcaster affiliate to TV Globo Network.
“We’re excited to promote our first U.S. show, at home, here in Florida,” said Carlos Oliveira, president of Miami-based MO Productions. “I’d like to thank the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and SporTV for this tremendous opportunity. Michael Oliveira and Yuri Foreman are two of the top-rated light middleweights in the World Boxing Council. If both win impressively, they could be fighting, once again, against each other in the near future.”
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 23-year-old Oliveira lives in Miami, where he is trained by Orlando Cuellar. Oliveira is the reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) Fecarbox and World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedebol 154-pound champion, who is rated at #7 by both by the WBA and WBC. He will face former Mexican welterweight champion Noberto “Demonio” Gonzalez (19-2, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event.
Foreman (31-2, 8 KOs), currently ranked #14 by the WBC, will meet Mexican invader Javier “Pelon” Gomez (14-11, 10 KOs) in the eight-round co-feature.
Also scheduled to fight on the November 12 card is undefeated Cuban light heavyweight Yunieski “The Diamond” Gonzalez (12-0, 8 KOs) in a 10-round bout versus Ghanaian champion Michael “The Amazing” Gbenga (16-9, 16 KOs). Also fighting on the undercard is unbeaten Cuban featherweight Hairon “El Maja” Socarras (7-0, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout, as well as Bahamian super featherweight Valentino Knowles (1-0) and pro-debuting featherweight Raphael Alvarez in four-round matches. Gonzalez, Socarras, Knowles and Alvarez are all fighting out of Miami. Opponents will be announced at a later date.