Top Rank has revealed the full lineup for its August 22nd event headlined by Eleider Alvarez vs. Joe Smith Jr. Alongside the previously announced co-feature between Rob Brant and Vitalii Kopylenko, Wendy Toussaint vs. Isiah Jones, and amateur ace Duke Ragan’s pro debut, the card will also feature fan favorite Clay Collard and rising super lightweight prospect Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez.
✅ A former world champ back for more— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) August 12, 2020
✅ The Bubble’s breakout fan favorite
✅ A highly-anticipated pro debut
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Collard (8-2-3, 3 KO), a UFC veteran who’s become a prospect checker par excellence this year, gets what looks like an easy out against Maurice Williams (7-1, 3 KO). “The Bounty Hunter” has won five straight since falling to the amazingly named Dennis Knifechief in 2016, while Collard makes a one-month turnaround after felling Lowrant T Nelson on July 14th.
Rodriguez (19-0, 12 KO) went 3-0 last year after missing all of 2018. He faces Anthony Laureano (13-0, 4 KO), who sports a rather fluffier unbeaten record and just one finish in his last eight wins.
The early Prelims also include two more clashes of undefeated fighters in Robert Rodriguez (8-0-1, 4 KO) vs. Abel Soriano (10-0, 7 KO), bantamweight, and Israel Mercado (7-0, 7 KO) vs. Adrian Valdovinos (5-0-1, 4 KO), super lightweight