Today, Most Valuable Promotions (MVP) announced Most Valuable Prospects’ full fight card and star-studded broadcast team for its inaugural event on Friday, May 26th in Orlando, Florida. In the main event, lightweights Ashton “H20” Sylve (8-0, 8 KOs) and Angel Rebollar (6-2, 3 KOs) will face off alongside the newly announced co-main event featuring Kevin Hayler Brown vs. Julian Smith at the Caribe Royale Resort. Brown and Smith will go head-to-head in a 10-round fight contested at 140 lbs. for the WBA Super Lightweight Continental Americas Title.
Produced and promoted by MVP, with Boxlab Promotions serving as the official licensed promoter and distributed by DAZN, Most Valuable Prospects will hold four Friday night events in 2023. The Caribe Royale Resort will be the series’ official title sponsor and host for each event, while DAZN will air Most Valuable Prospects across its platforms as a part of its subscription package. MVP’s co-founder Jake Paul and world-renowned undisputed featherweight world champion Amanda Serrano will be in attendance for the inaugural event. Tickets are now on sale at https://www.ticketmaster.com/
Providing the crucial play by play for the event will be famed YouTube boxing commentator Wade Plemons alongside co commentator and Jomboy Media personality Dan Canobbio, current co-host of Inside Boxing Live alongside Chris Algieri.
Spearheading the hard-hitting analysis for fans will be retired two-weight-class world champion Paul Malignaggi, one of the most respected on-air analysts in all of boxing, while 2023 NFL Pro Bowl host Sibley Scoles will serve as the ringside reporter, delivering interviews and post-fight discussions bringing the fighters’ unfiltered reactions straight to fans. The in-ring announcer will be YouTube boxing and Esports MCAkinola Verissimo who will announce the main and co-main events, along with the undercard matches.
“We’re thrilled to finally bring fans a series that highlights the future of boxing. Our inaugural event is sure to deliver a night full of high energy matchups and we are incredibly thankful to our broadcast talent for joining us on Friday, May 26th,” said Nakisa Bidarian and Jake Paul, co-founders of Most Valuable Promotions. “Ashton Sylve, is just 19 and has been a star since we first signed him to MVP last year. We look forward to watching as he spearheads this new series alongside so many other young fighters. Thank you to the Caribe Royale Resort and the city of Orlando for hosting Most Valuable Prospects, and to our distribution partner DAZN for its commitment to delivering high quality events to global audiences.”
“On behalf of the Caribe Royale Resort we’re excited to bring this new series to Orlando,” said Amaury Piedra of Boxlab Promotions. “Caribe Royale is the premier all-suite resort in Orlando and this is another way of bringing entertainment via world class boxing featuring the future of boxing to the guests of the resort and locals as well. Between the combined teams and talent of MVP and Boxlab Promotions we expect this event to just be the first of what will be an exciting series for years to come.”
Viewers at home will see four fights total on the 26th, with some of the world’s hottest boxing prospects ready to make a name for themselves. The co-main event features a 10-round, WBA Super Lightweight Continental Americas title match as ex-Cuban national boxing team fighter Kevin Hayler Brown (2-0, 2 KOs) of Las Vegas, NV by way of Camaguey, Cuba takes on boxing phenomenon Julian “Quiet Storm” Smith (6-1, 4 KOs) of Country Club Hills, Illinois. Smith, who is deaf, is a Chicago Golden Gloves champion and will be taking on his third consecutive undefeated opponent.
Next on the card is a heavyweight battle between two undefeated warriors as Lorenzo “Giant Killer” Medina
(6-0, 6 KOs) will take on Andrey Mangushev (7-0, 5 KOs) in a 6 round heavyweight matchup. Medina, 18, is from Hialeah, Florida and was the 2021 USA Youth National Champion at Super Heavyweight. At 6’2 he is considered a small heavyweight and is taking a major step up in competition vs the dangerous 6’7” Mangushev. Mangushev who hails from Miami by way of Moscow, Russia holds a win over former world champion Alejandro Berrio.
The broadcast opener will feature two-time national amateur champion Jamar Pemberton (4-0, 4 KOs), from Las Vegas by way of St. Louis, MO, who will open the evening in a four-round middleweight matchup against a TBD opponent. Pemberton, a 6’3 southpaw has served as a sparring partner for Brian Mendoza in preparation for his upset KO victory over Sebastian Fundora and is well known for his devastating knockout power.
The fans in attendance at Caribe Royale Resort will also be treated to five additional bouts featuring Tayree Jones (9-0, 6 KOs), Ramiro De Jesus (3-0, 2 KOs) and Omar Rosales (2-0, 2 KOs), alongside Antraveous Ingram (4-0 2KOs) and Giovanni Louis, who is both making his professional debut.