Five of Mayweather Promotions’ promising prospects will join the company’s headlining rising stars, Mickey Bey Jr. and Badou Jack, on this Friday’s hard-hitting fight card at The Joint At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas as unbeaten Luis Arias, Lanell Bellows, Ronald Gavril, Chris Pearson and Andrew Tabiti will enter the ring in separate bouts in an attempt to keep their perfect records intact in action before the ShoBox: The New Generation doubleheader featuring Bey against former world title challenger John Molina and Jack against Farah Ennis.
A Milwaukee native now making his home in Las Vegas, Luis Arias (5-0, 3 KO’s) has been improving with every fight since turning pro last November. In May, the 23-year-old scored the biggest win of his career when he scored a decision win over highly regarded DonYil Livingston. On Friday, Arias will test his skills against Philadelphia’s Lateef Mundy (10-6, 4 KO’s) in a six-round super middleweight match-up.
27-year-old Lanell Bellows (4-0-1, 4 KO’s) found professional boxing later in life than most boxers, but he’s making up for lost time with a fast-paced style that has seen him earn all of his wins by knockout. This week, he hopes to thrill his hometown fans once again in a four-round light heavyweight fight against La Paz, Mexico power puncher Carlos Gaytan (3-1-1, 3 KO’s).
Moving to Las Vegas to chase his boxing dreams, Romania’s Ronald Gavril (4-0, 3 KO’s) has disappointed no one thus far. Undefeated in four fights with three knockouts, the 27-year-old super middleweight clashes with unbeaten New Orleans native Jas Phipps (4-0, 1 KO’s) in a six-round bout on Friday night.
Former National Amateur Champion Chris Pearson (10-0, 7 KO’s) has gotten off to a fast start as a professional, ending seven of his 10 fights before the final bell. At just 22 years of age, the Trotwood, Ohio native is aiming to extend his winning streak to 11 when he battles New Mexico’s Arturo “El Toro” Crespin (10-2-1, 4 KO’s), who is unbeaten in his last five fights, in a six-round middleweight clash.
In 2003, Chicago-born Andrew Tabiti moved with his family to Las Vegas where he became a stellar amateur boxer who competed in the National Golden Gloves and just missed making the 2012 United States Olympic team. Now a member of the Mayweather Promotions roster, Tabiti, a former 270-pound football lineman in high school, will make his professional boxing debut this Friday at cruiserweight against Scatal, Washington’s Andrew Howk (0-1) in a four round battle.
In other undercard bouts, Augusta, Georgia’s Justin DeLoach (3-0, 2 KO’s) faces Kelvin Medley of Chicago (1-0) in a four-round junior middleweight fight and North Carolina’s Willie Jones (1-0, 1 KO) faces Las Vegas’ Douglas Rosales who will be making his pro debut in the four-round welterweight match-up.