WBA super featherweight champion Jezreel Corrales of Panama has signed a new multi-year deal with Golden Boy Promotions.
"First of all, I would like to thank God for allowing these doors to keep opening up for me," said Corrales. "I would also like to thank Golden Boy Promotions for giving me the opportunity to become a part of their huge company and for giving me the chance to showcase my skills in the U.S. market and being able to perform on the big stage and participate in the huge events that they put together. With their hand, I will be the best super featherweight champion in the world."
"We know that Corrales has a huge opportunity to impress boxing fans here in the U.S, and we have no doubt that he will attain his goal as one of the best super featherweights in the world," said Golden Boy’s Oscar De La Hoya. "We look forward to seeing him showcase his talent here, and taking on the best in his class."
Corrales (21-1, 8 KO) shocked the world in April 2016 when he went to Japan and knocked out long-reigning titleholder Takashi Uchiyama in the second round. He showed that was no fluke when he went a full 12 with Uchiyama on New Year’s Eve in Tokyo, beating Uchiyama by split decision in a rematch.
The 25-year-old Corrales stands as one of the top fighters in a weight class where the other titleholders are Vasyl Lomachenko (WBO), Miguel Berchelt (WBC), and Gervonta Davis (IBF).
Now that he’s with Golden Boy, his U.S. profile will certainly increase, and he should get chances on outlets like HBO and ESPN.