Yoel Angeloni, a sought-after amateur, has signed with DiBella Entertainment. DBE will present Angeloni's professional debut on the undercard of the George Kambosos vs. Devin Haney undisputed lightweight championship fight, scheduled for Saturday, June 4, at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
Melbourne boasts one of the largest Italian communities outside of Italy. Angeloni will debut in a four-round welterweight bout against Ken Aitken (3-0, 1 KO), from Queensland, Australia, who has yet to see even one scorecard go against him.
Kambosos vs. Haney, along with Jason Moloney vs. Aston Palicte, Junior Fa vs. Lucas Browne, and Hemi Ahio vs. Joe Jones will be televised LIVE on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ Saturday, June 4, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Angeloni-Aitken and all other undercard contests will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+
"Yoel is a legitimate blue-chip prospect, which is one of the reasons I chose the Kambosos-Haney undercard to launch his professional career,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment.
“Despite campaigning almost exclusively as a junior, Yoel’s talent is extraordinary for his age, and he’s been heavily recruited throughout the industry. I couldn’t pass on an Italian Cuban prodigy with his natural ability. In addition to introducing Yoel to Melbourne’s prodigious Italian community, fighting June 4 at Marvel Stadium will allow him to realize his recurring dream of making his pro debut on a huge show, before his nineteenth birthday on June 11. Who am I to deny destiny? In my career, I’ve seen very few teenage fighters as gifted as Yoel. Everyone at DiBella Entertainment is proud that Yoel chose us.”
Angeloni, 18, boasts an impressive amateur boxing pedigree. Born in Rome, Italy, to an Italian father (Alessandro Angeloni) and a Cuban mother (Olga Lidia Lara), Angeloni was three years old when he moved to southern Cuba with his mother, living in the city of Cienfuegos, one of the country's chief ports. Situated on Cuba's largest natural bay and open to the sea, the bay was visited by Christopher Columbus in 1494. So it should come as no surprise that this was where a six-year-old Angeloni first discovered the national sport of boxing. Over the years, Angeloni developed his craft, earning a place on the prestigious Cuban National Youth Boxing team, where he fashioned a sterling 130-2 record. When he turned 15, he returned to his native Italy, where he was quickly accepted by the Italian Boxing Federation. Fighting under the Italian colors, Angeloni won all 10 of his fights, and captured gold medals at the 2019 Junior European Championships and the 2021 Emil Jechev Memorial International Youth Boxing Tournament.
"I am very happy to be signed with DiBella Entertainment. They are giving me an opportunity to showcase my skills on ESPN+ for my pro debut and on one of the biggest boxing events of the year. I am so excited to be making my professional debut in Melbourne which has a very large Italian population," said Angeloni.
"I want to thank my advisor and manager, Alonzo Benezra, for believing in me from the moment we met and by turning my dreams into reality. Winning the gold medal at the 2019 Junior European World Championship was a very proud moment for me, my parents, my family, and many of my supporters who have followed me during my amateur career. I also want to thank the Italian amateur federation and the Cuban amateur federation. But now it’s time to realize my dream of becoming a world champion.”