Rising heavyweight Michael Coffie has another enemy for FOX’s main event Saturday night.
BoxingScene.com has found that Jonathan Rice has replaced a malicious Gerald Washington, who should address a push ahead in class for Coffie. Washington contracted COVID-19 and needed to pull out from their 10-round fight at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Los Angeles’ Rice (13-6-1, 9 KOs) has lost continuous meetings, anyway he went right with hard-hitting Nigerian contender Efe Ajagba (15-0, 12 KOs) in his last fight September 19 at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. Rice in like manner has gone the six-round distance with Tony Yoka (10-0, 8 KOs), a 2016 Olympic gold medalist from France.
The 39-year-old Washington (20-4-1, 13 KOs), a past USC football player from Vallejo, California, should end a 17-month reduction against Coffie. Washington hasn’t boxed since past IBF champion Charles Martin (28-2-1, 25 KOs) stopped him in the sixth round on the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder undercard in February 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The Brooklyn-raised Coffie (12-0, 9 KOs) conveyed the best win of his calling to date in his most recent appearance. A Marine who played out an organization in Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010, the late-growing, 35-year-old Coffie dazed Philadelphia’s Darmani Rock (17-1, 12 KOs) twice while going to a third-round knockout FOX circled January 30 from Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall in Los Angeles.
The Coffie-Rice fight will highlight FOX’s tripleheader, which is reserved to start at 8 p.m. EDT and 5 p.m. PDT.
The show moreover will consolidate an eight-round rematch between Philadelphia’s James Martin (7-2, 0 KOs) and Vito Mielnicki Jr. (8-1, 5 KOs). Martin upset Mielnicki, a 19-year-old welterweight prospect from Roseland, New Jersey, by bigger part decision in an eight-rounder April 17 at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall.