Eimantis Stanionis looks to make up for lost time while preparing for a breakout campaign in the year ahead.
The unbeaten welterweight prospect will headline the final Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FS1 telecast, facing Janer Gonzalez in a scheduled 10-round contest. Both boxers made weight for the main event, which will air live from Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles.
Stanionis (11-0, 8KOs) weighed 148.6 pounds for his second bout in six weeks, while Gonzalez (19-3-1, 15KOs) checked in at the contracted limit of 149 pounds for his first fight of 2020.
The bout tops a televised quadruple-header which begins at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. ET.
The upcoming showcase for Stanionis comes on the heels of his biggest career win to date.
A member of the 2016 Lithuania Olympic boxing team which competed in Rio, Stanionis—who now lives and trains in Oxnard, California under the guidance of Marvin Somodio—outboxed a capable Justin DeLoach before breaking down the veteran spoiler in a 9th round stoppage on November 4 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The win was his first of a 2020 campaign hindered by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic but gaining momentum at the right time.
Gonzalez has not fought since a 10th round stoppage at the hands of Ivan Golub last November in Salt Lake City, Utah. The loss was his third straight, including a 6th round knockout at the hands of Jamal James—now an interim welterweight titlist—last February.
The four-fight telecast also features the pro debut of standout amateur Eumir Felix Marcial, who still has aspirations of an Olympic Gold medal. The 25-year old from Zamboanga City, Philippines faces Andrew Whitfield (3-1, 2KOs) in a scheduled four-round middleweight contest which serves as the evening's chief support.
Marcial—who fights under legendary countryman Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions and is trained by Freddie Roach out of the famed Wild Card Boxing Club—weighed 162.4 pounds. Lewiston, Idaho’s Whitfield hit the scale at 165.8 pounds.
Even in turning pro, Marcial still plans to represent his native Philippines next summer in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Eimantas Stanionis (11-0, 8KOs), 148.6 vs. Janer Gonzalez (19-3-1), 149—10 rds., welterweight
Eumir Felix Marcial (0-0), 162.4 vs. Andrew Whitfield (3-1, 2KOs) 4 rds., 165.8—4 rds., middleweight
Jose Perez (8-1-1, 3KOs), 124.8 vs. Jose Edgardo Garcia (13-0-2, 9KOs), 125.4—8 rds., featherweight
Fernando Angel Molina (3-0, 2KOs), 133.2 vs. Teodoro Alonso (3-2, 0KOs), WEIGHT TK—6 rds., lightweight
Michael Angeletti (0-0), 121.6 vs. Jerrell Barbour (1-0, 0KOs), 120.4—4 rds., Jr. Featherweight
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox