Michael Dutchover Takes On Ivan Leon Benitez
On Friday, May 28th at Reed Arena
In College Station, Texas and LIVE On UFC Fight Pass!
(April 8th) Memorial Day weekend promises to start out with a bang, as junior welterweight Michael Dutchover will look to thrill his Lone Star State fans when he takes on Ivan Leon Benitez in the headlining 10-round bout of what will be an explosive night of boxing on Friday, May 28th at Reed Arena on the campus of Texas A&M University and LIVE and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®., the world’s leading streaming service for combat sports. The card will begin at 7 PM ET / 6 PM CT /4 PM PT.
The show is presented by Reed Arena and Texas A&M University and promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing.
Dutchover, of Midland, Texas, has a record of 14-1 with 10 knockouts. The 23- year-old turned professional five years ago.
Dutchover, known as the "West Texas Warrior," has wins over Miguel Cariozza (10-1); Ricardo Lopez (7-1-2); Bergman Aguilar (14-3-1); Rosekie Cristobal (15-3), and his last bout when he won an eight-round unanimous decision over Jorge Marron (18-1) on July 26th in Orange, California.
Dutchover is promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing.
"In December I was supposed to fight, but I had an injury, and things happen for a reason. I am back in California training and am excited to get back in the ring. There is no place that I would rather fight than in Texas. I will have fans there from Midland and all over the state. This is my fifth year as a professional, and this is the year that I become a contender," said Dutchover.
Benitez, of Cancun, Mexico, has a record of 14-4-1 with 6 knockouts.
Just 20 years old, Benitez is already a six-year professional. He has wins over two undefeated opponents and is coming off a draw with undefeated Francisco Javier Lopez Corrales (12-0) on December 8th in Mexico.
"I will have a difficult task ahead of me in fighting Dutchover, but May 28th will be my day. I will be prepared to give the fans a great show and to beat my opponent. This is what I work for everyday, and he will not derail my dreams of becoming a future champion," said Benitez.
Seeing action in the 10-round co-feature will be heavyweight Isaac Munoz Gutierrez.
Gutierrez of Mexicali, Mexico is undefeated with a record of 12-0-1 with 10 knockouts.
The 29-year-old Gutierrez, who will be making his United States debut, was a former amateur star in Mexico and competed in the World Series of Boxing.
Gutierrez has stopped his last six opponents and is coming off a first-round stoppage of 35-fight veteran Jesus Alberto Torres Martinez on September 7, 2019 Naucalpan, Mexico.
Seeing action in an 8-round bout will be undefeated lightweight, Miguel Madueno.
Madueno, 22-years-old from Orange, California, has an impressive record of 22-0 with 20 knockouts.
Madueno is a four-year professional who has shot up the prospect rankings with wins over Cristian Flores (7-1-2); Jesus Rendon (13-1-1); former world-title challenger Cosme Rivera; and his last bout when Madueno stopped Jesus Quintero Velarde in two rounds on December 18th in Sonora, Mexico.
Opening up the broadcast will see Jamshidbek Najmitdinov take part in an 8-round junior welterweight fight.
Najmitdinov, of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, has a record of 16-1 with 13 knockouts.
Najmitdinov is an eight-year professional who will be making his American debut.
Najmitdinov has been in several all-action fights, with a style that will appeal to the American audience. The only blemish on his record was a very disputed decision loss to former world champion Viktor Postol. That bout saw Najmitdinov go into the home country of Postol in the Ukraine, and Jamshidbek dropped Postol on two occasions and rocked him several other times during the fight, yet fell short on the judges' scorecards.
Najmitdinov is coming off a first-round stoppage over Giorgi Khutsishvili on October 6, 2019 to win the WBC CIS Title.
“UFC FIGHT PASS prides itself on being the destination for combat sports fans,” said Crowley Sullivan, Vice President and General Manager, UFC FIGHT PASS. “We’re thrilled to showcase the exciting talent from Banner Promotions to our subscribers. With boxers putting their undefeated records on the line, this action-packed event is one our subscribers won’t want to miss.”
"I am looking forward to working with UFC Fight Pass and Darren Davis with Reed Arena. We are very excited to be putting on this show to kick off a holiday weekend. This show promises to feature fan-friendly fights. When Michael Dutchover fights in Texas, it is always a great crowd, and we are excited about his continued ascent up the rankings. We also are looking forward to getting a glimpse of a future player in the heavyweight division in Isaac Munoz Gutierrez. The fans watching in the arena and around the world are in for a terrific night of boxing," said Banner Promotions President, Artie Pelullo.
"We are very happy to see the return of Michel Dutchover, and what better place than at the Reed Arena at Texas A&M. Michael will make a run for a world title and this is the best way to get him going," said Ken Thompson, President of Thompson Boxing.
“We are thrilled to be hosting this marquee fight with Banner Promotions. Adding to a growing list of exciting events we are bringing to Bryan-College Station, this fight will be one any boxing fan will not want to miss,” says Darren Davis, General Manager of Reed Arena.
“We couldn’t be happier to be working with Banner Promotions, to bring a championship event to a great Texas Arena. Reed Arena is going to be a great new venue for boxing, the Gig’Em spirit will be alive and well," said Daren Libonati of the Libonati Group.
Tickets are on-sale!
WHEN: Friday, May 28th, 2021 - Doors open 5:45pm with First Bell at 6:00pm CT.
WHERE: Reed Arena, Texas A&M University, 730 Olsen Blvd. College Station, TX 77843
TICKETS: Tickets start at $25
Tickets available for purchase online at ReedArena.com or by phone at
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About Banner Promotions
For over 31 years, Arthur R. Pelullo’s Banner Promotions, Inc. has been an industry leader in the promotion of the sport of boxing. A Philadelphia native, Arthur founded Banner Promotions in 1988 and has served as its President and CEO since its inception. Arthur Pelullo is among one of the top boxing promoters in the world, who have accounted for some of the most important and relevant fights over the past decade. Through Pelullo’s leadership and expertise, Banner Promotions has delivered over 200 professional boxing events and broadcast live and recorded shows on 9 domestic television networks and to 70+ international countries and territories. Banner Promotions currently boasts a stable of 55+ professional boxers, a video library of 110+ events, and has hosted live boxing events on 6 of the 7 continents throughout the world. Banner promoted three wildly popular and successful Boxcino Championship Tournaments, all of which were broadcast on ESPN, and discovered many world class talents as a result of the tournament. Arthur Pelullo is currently licensed as a boxing promoter in 18 US states and Indian Territories. Banner Promotions has promoted numerous stars, such as 4-time world champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas, heavyweight champion Larry Homes, Diego Corrales, Ricky “Hitman” Hatton, Ruslan Provodnikov, 2008 US Olympian Demetrius Andrade, Cristobal Cruz, Willie Monroe, Jr., Petr Petrov, Andrei Fedosov, and 2012 US Olympian Taras Shelestyuk, to name a few. The Banner Promotions team is committed to excellence, whether they are working independently or collaborating with other promoters, television networks, venues, sponsors, etc. from all across the industry. Each Banner Promotions boxing event features the most relevant and action-packed boxing available; round for round, Banner Promotions delivers the best boxing worldwide.
No company can be successful without strong management, good business experience and savvy judgment. Star Boxing founder, Joe DeGuardia, is no stranger to the ring, in or out. As the son of a professional prizefighter, he first donned the gloves at the ripe age of two. DeGuardia went on to successfully fight for and win a 1988 New York Golden Gloves Championship. Ten years ago, when the torch was passed from father to the son, Joe took over the Morris Park Boxing Club. He grew up there and has made it one of the busiest boxing gyms in New York. Today, he exclusively promotes numerous boxers and boxing events, and has co-promoted with all the other major promoters. Under Joe's guidance, Star has brought back the atmosphere of the famed "Golden Age" of boxing in New York. An accomplished attorney and past Bronx Assistant District Attorney, he is no stranger to success or challenge. In or out of the ring, prosecuting or defending cases, Joe DeGuardia drives the vision and direction that is Star Boxing.
ABOUT THOMPSON BOXING PROMOTIONS
In a sea of boxing promoters, Thompson Boxing Promotions stands out from the rest by consistently delivering high-quality, action packed fights that thrill the most knowledgeable of boxing fans and turn boxing novices into aficionados. The Southern California based company was started in May of 2000 by Ken Thompson, the former President of the World Boxing Hall of Fame. Thompson Boxing Promotions set out to develop and build top-tier boxing talent capable of competing for and capturing world titles in the various boxing divisions. As a result, Mr. Thompson has built one of the most influential and important boxing promotional companies in the world.
The veteran promotional company boasts a diverse list of former and current world champions that are currently, or at one point, promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions. The list includes: Yohnny Perez, Timothy Bradley, Jhonatan Romero, Darleys Perez, and Danny Roman. The company continues to grow and nurture the future stars of the sport by carefully mapping the careers of talented boxers, such as: Ruben Villa, Michael Dutchover, Saul Sanchez, Giovani Santillan, Ruben Torres, and Roberto Arriaza.
Throughout the years, Thompson Boxing Promotions has crafted several monthly boxing series to cultivate and showcase their young and established prizefighters. Among them, “Path to Glory,” “New Blood,” and “Locked ‘n Loaded” feature exciting and crowd-pleasing fights that originate from venues throughout Southern California in Orange, Ontario, and Corona, in addition to establishing a footprint in northern cities such as Sacramento and Salinas. Among the individuals primarily responsible for the consistently entertaining and compelling fight cards, is Alex Camponovo, Matchmaker and General Manager for Thompson Boxing Promotions.
Matchmaking is an intricate art and perhaps no one excels at it better than the veteran talent evaluator Camponovo, who has been with Thompson Boxing Promotions since it opened its doors in 2000. “Alex Camponovo, along with the rest of the staff at Thompson Boxing Promotions continue to deliver incredible results,” Thompson said. “They have helped us earn a reputation for being a promotional company that strives to find the best fighters and match them in competitive fights that leave long lasting impressions.”
The company’s boxing series have developed a strong and loyal contingent of fans among California’s Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, Monterey and Sacramento Counties. Thompson Boxing Promotions makes its headquarters in Orange County, California and promotes shows nationwide and internationally.