Chordale Booker, a 27-year-old junior middleweight prospect from Connecticut, will travel to Biloxi, Miss., for his next fight, facing veteran Wale Omotoso on the Trout-Gausha undercard on May 25, live on FS1.
Booker (14-0, 7 KO) is a southpaw who most recently fought on Jan. 26, beating Juan de Angel on the Thurman-Lopez undercard in Brooklyn, and went 5-0 in 2018. His best win last year was a split decision over Ve Shawn Owens, a Minneapolis junior middleweight we just saw in a terrific scrap on the Quillin-Truax card.
For Booker, this is a legitimate step-up fight, not just in competition, but in terms of exposure, and he’s got high expectations for himself.
“My expectations for myself are to put on the best performance I’ve had in boxing period, amateur or pro,” said Booker. “I’m looking to showcase every ability that I have, not just brute strength.
“I want to show people that I’m championship caliber. What I see from him is that he’s a game fighter and comes to fight. He likes to come forward. He’s going to try to take it to me. But I can do a lot of things, box going forward, backwards, sideways, or anything it will take to get this win.”
Omotoso (27-3, 21 KO) was once a welterweight prospect with a bit of buzz, fighting with Top Rank. After several undercard wins where he seemed to be stagnating a bit, he was himself stepped up pretty big in competition in 2013, when he faced Jessie Vargas on the Bradley-Provodnikov HBO card.
Omotoso was competitive, even dropped Vargas in the second round, but the Nigerian-born fighter lost the decision, and things just never really got going for him. He’s 4-2 since then, with losses to Sammy Vasquez and Jamal James, and hasn’t fought since Dec. 2017, when he beat veteran Freddy Hernandez.
He’s looking forward to getting another chance to bust a prospect bubble. He came close against James, losing a split decision after putting James on the canvas early.
“I got the call to fight a young, undefeated fighter in Booker and I said bring it on,” said Omotoso. “I’m really happy he took the fight because most people say I’m too dangerous and too tough. I will give it all I got.
“When I go to the ring I put all my effort and training into the fight. That’s the way this sport is. I know he’s going to come in with all he’s got, but the toughest man will win.”