Artem Dalakian celebrates his title-winning victory over Brian Viloria in 2018. (Photograph by Tom Hogan)
Flyweight titleholder Artem Dalakian will defend his WBA title in opposition to David Jimenez in England on January 28, The Ring has been knowledgeable.
It was not recognized the place in England the combat will happen, however apparently it’s tabbed for a similar date as Artur Beterbiev placing his IBF, WBC and WBO gentle heavyweight titles on the road in opposition to Anthony Yarde in London. It’s attainable Dalakian-Jimenez may seem on the undercard.
Dalakian (21-0, 15 knockouts), who’s rated No. 3 by The Ring at 112 kilos, quietly went about his enterprise in Ukraine earlier than coming to the U.S. and impressively beating Brian Viloria (UD 12) for the vacant title in February 2018.
The 35-year-old has since made 5 defenses, all within the Ukraine, in opposition to mid-level opposition. His exercise has been badly hit by COVID and the battle in his homeland.
Jimenez (12-0, 9 KOs), who’s rated No. 6, fought internationally for Costa Rica earlier than turning skilled in early 2019. The 30-year-old has been capable of transfer comparatively rapidly.
Nonetheless, he drew popularity of his current win over Ricardo Sandoval (MD 12) in a WBA title eliminator, wherein he scored an Eleventh-round knockdown that made the distinction.
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