Welterweight Edging Up the Rankings Mykal Fox (21-1) Headlines In Philly on Friday



Welterweight Edging Up the Rankings Mykal Fox (21-1) Headlines In Philly on Friday

The fighting Fox brothers are in a new place, what with Mykal, lil bro, now taking up residence in the top 15 in two sanctioning body organizations.

Welterweight Mykal, age 24, headlines at 2300 Arena in Philly, against John Arellano, and he needs to get that W to stay at No. 15 in the WBA, and No. 14 in the IBF.

He should probably edge up a slot or two, frankly, if he is able to down 10-1 Arellano, and get closer to big bro Alantez, who owns a 26-1-1 record. The 27 year old ‘Tez last fought on 10-26, beating Bruno Romay in Puerto Rico, and he is ranked No. 1 by the WBO at middleweight. For the record, Demetrius Andrade holds the ‘BO strap; Alantez battles No. 7 Liam Williams on Dec. 21 in England, and the winner is in line to get a title shot.

Yes, exciting times in the Fox household now. I asked Mykal, who stands 6-3 1/2 and is very hard to get a bead on, his scouting report on Arellano.

“10-1 record,” the Forestville, Maryland resident, trained by dad Troy Fox, told me. “Tallest I’ve faced,” he continued about the 6-2 Texan. “He wings big shots and doesn’t mind getting hit. He hasn’t faced a lot of tough opponents. His knockouts come from guys with losing records. (3-5, 1-6, 19-20). So we’ll find out how hard he can hit if he can land a clean shot on me. I plan to be sharp on offense and defense so it’s up to him (if he can land clean.)”

I was quite impressed with his ring generalship when I saw him up close versus Chop Chop Corley in 2018; how is THIS Mykal different from that version? “A little stronger, faster, and smarter,” he said.

See for yourselves in Philly; here is a release which clues you in on the whole card, and has ticket info.

Philadelphia, PA (December 2, 2019)– THIS FRIDAY NIGHT at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, King's Promotions will put on a loaded eight-bout card that will feature a plethora of world-ranked and undefeated combatants. 

In the main event, IBF-Number 14 and WBA Number-15th ranked welterweight contender Mykal Fox (21-1, 5 KO's) of Forestville, MD.  takes on Johnny Arellano (10-1, 9 KOs) of Conroe, TX in a eight-round contest.

The co-feature will pit undefeated super middleweight, Kalvin Henderson (12-0, 8 KOs) of Fayetville, AR against Genc Pllana (7-1, 4 KOs) of Hagerstown, MD, in a eight-round bout.

Also in an eight-round contest, WBA Number-10 ranked super bantamweight, Marcus Bates (10-1-1, 8 KOs) of Washington, DC fighting Francisco Pedroza (13-9-2, 7 KOs) of Tijuana Mexico.

In six-round bouts:

Shinard Bunch (4-1, 4 KOs) of Trenton, NJ fights Vicente Morales (3-4-2, 3 KOs) of Matamoros, MX in welterweight contest.

Shamar Fulton (4-0-1, 3 KOs) of Philadelphia battles Tyrome Jones (4-6-1, 1 KO) of South Bend, IN in a lightweight bout.

Devar Ferhadi (7-0, 6 KOs) of Frederick , MD takes on Vincent Baccus (4-0-1, 3 KOs) of Okmulgee, OK in a super middleweight bout featuring undefeated fighters.

Martino Jules (7-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia fights Eric Manriquez (7-9-1, 3 KOs) of Houston in a featherweight bout.

In four-round bouts:

Izim Izbaki (3-0, 2 KOs) of Philadelphia gets it on with Larry Knight (4-22-1, 1 KO) of Birmingham, Georgia in a Heavyweight bout.

Tickets are $100, $75 and $50 and can be purchased at 

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