Danelito Zorrilla and Pablo Cesar Cano return on the boxing schedule and with plenty of star power in tow.
BoxingScene.com has learned that the junior welterweight crossroads bout is back in play, due to appear on a September 14 show live on the Triller app and Fite TV from Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles as part of the TrillerVerz series.
On the Verzuz side of the event is a previously announced battle between iconic hip hop artists Fat Joe and Ja Rule, although that aspect will reportedly take place in New York City.
The format follows the trend of the August 3 series debut, though with everything under one roof at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York City. Heavyweight contender Michael Hunter II headlined the show, scoring a one-sided fourth-round knockout of Mike Wilson in the evening’s main event which preceded a battle between The L.O.X. and Dipset in front of a beyond-capacity crowd.
Puerto Rico’s Zorrilla and Mexico’s Cano will meet one month after their originally scheduled date. The bout was part of an August 14 DAZN show topped by Vergil Ortiz live from the Ford Center at The Star In Frisco, Texas, though removed at the eleventh hour after Cano (33-7-1, 23KOs) was unable to secure a travel visa in time to go through with the event.
The late development left Zorrilla (15-0, 11KOs) without an opponent, despite participating in all fight week activities including his having made weight that Friday before learning he would no longer appear on the show.
Promociones Miguel Cotto—Zorrilla’s lead promoter—and Golden Boy Promotions have since worked feverishly to secure a new date, which now lands as its own headlining act.
Zorrilla last fought in March, claiming a technical decision win over Ruslan Madiyev in a foul-filled affair in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The unbeaten 27-year-old prospect from Toa Baja, P.R. was the victim of several rabbit punches, resulting in a point deduction against Madiyev in round five before the bout was stopped midway through round eight. Zorrilla left with a split decision win, though acknowledging it was far from his best effort.
Cano (33-7-1, 23KOs) has been out since November 2019, training knockdowns with countryman Roberto Ortiz before scoring a second-round stoppage in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The feat came ten months after perhaps the biggest win of his career, a stunning first-round knockout of Jorge Linares in January 2019 at MSG Hulu Theater.
Despite the 22-month layoff due to a combination of injuries, the pandemic and travel restrictions, Cano enters the upcoming bout riding a three-fight win streak and serves—on paper—as Zorrilla’s toughest opponent to date.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox