A former world titleholder and a 2012 Olympian preparing for his professional debut are the latest fighters to sign with promoter Lou DiBella.
DiBella announced Tuesday that he has signed former featherweight titlist Elio Rojas and Olympian Jonathan Alonso of Spain.
Now fighting at junior lightweight, Rojas (23-2, 14 KOs) will face Robert Osiobe (14-9-4, 6 KOs) in the scheduled eight-round main event on an Aug. 13 “Broadway Boxing” card at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan while Alonso’s pro debut will come against an opponent to be named in a four-round junior welterweight bout on the undercard.
"I couldn't be more excited and grateful to have signed with DiBella Entertainment and my manager Joe Duva and to finally get my career back underway," Rojas said. "Now living in New York, it has always been a dream of mine to fight here, in front of my fans, and now I will have the opportunity on Aug. 13. I want to fight the best that my division has to offer, and I feel that I will be ready to take on any of the top fighters that are willing to accept the challenge and ultimately win back a world championship."
Rojas, 31, a native of the Dominican Republic, is ending a 2½-year layoff. He has not fought since losing a decision while challenging Jhonny Gonzalez for a featherweight world title in April 2012. Rojas held a version of the 126-pound title from 2009 to 2010, making one successful defense.
"Elio Rojas is not only a former world champion but a tremendous offensive fighter, who will immediately be a player in the 130-pound division,” DiBella said. “After just a few fights, Elio would love a showdown with a 130-pound champion or his dream bout against Yuriorkis Gamboa.”
As for Alonso, 23, who was 98-12 as an amateur, DiBella said, “We are pleased to have inked a deal with Jonathan Alonso, an Olympian and one of the best amateur fighters to come out of Spain in recent decades."