Danielito Zorrilla and Pablo Cesar Cano are on the move though with their rescheduled fight still intact.
The junior welterweight crossroads bout is officially set to take place September 14 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, Promociones Miguel Cotto—Zorrilla’s co-promoter—informed BoxingScene.com. The bout will headline the next edition of TrillerVerz, accompanied by another repurposed fight as WBC/WBO super middleweight titlist Crews-Dezurn (7-1, 2KOs) faces WBA/IBF titlist Elin Cederroos (8-0, 4KOs) for the division’s undisputed championship.
The event will serve as a split-site doubleheader, with the boxing action from Florida—which airs live on Triller and Fite TV beginning 6:00 pm ET—transitioning to a Verzuz battle between hip hip icons Fat Joe and Ja Rule. Their music battle will air live from Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York City immediately following the boxing portion of the evening.
The boxing card was originally due to take place on the same date at Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, but moved to Florida with another Triller event making the cross-country trek. Triller Fight Club presents a Pay-Per-View event this Saturday, originally to have taken place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, with the TrillerVerz card to follow three days later.
Both shows moved once the PPV card needed a new home to accommodate the makeshift main event once Evander Holyfield replaced Oscar De La Hoya (COVID) in a scheduled clash versus former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort. Holyfield’s place on the show was not approved by the California State Athletic Commission, resulting in both the September 11 and 14 shows relocating to Florida.
Puerto Rico’s Zorrilla (15-0, 11KOs) was left standing at the altar for a previously scheduled fight with Cano that was canceled on the eve of their planned August 14 meet on DAZN from Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. Zorrilla participated in all fight week events, including his having made weight only to learn that Cano (33-7-1, 23KOs) was unable to obtain the necessary paperwork to travel from Mexico to the United States.
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’s Hulu Theater.
The September 14 show gets a boost with the championship addition, as Baltimore’s Crews-Dezurn and Sweden’s Cederroos are set to pick up where they left off three months.
An effort to crown the fourth current undisputed champion in women’s boxing was previously attempted this past June 19. Crews-Dezurn and Cederroos were set to collide in the chief support of a Triller Fight Club PPV topped by lineal/WBA/IBF/WBO lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez Jr. (16-0, 12KOs) in a mandatory title defense versus IBF number-one contender George Kambosos Jr. (19-0, 10KOs). Lopez was forced to withdraw at the start of fight week after testing positive for Covid, resulting in the cancellation of the entire twelve-fight card.
Crews-Dezurn last fought in January, picking up an eight-round decision win in a stay-busy fight above the super middleweight limit. It was her first fight since having her titles returned to her following a controversial January 2020 clash with Alejandra Jimenez, whose split decision win was nullified after testing positive for the banned substance stanozolol.
Cederroos (8-0, 4KOs) has not fought since unifying the WBA and IBF titles in a thrilling 10-round unanimous decision win over Alicia Napoleon last January in Atlantic City. The fight was scored 95-94 on all three cards, with a 2nd round knockdown providing the margin of victory for Sweden’s Cederroos who made her U.S. debut.
Other bouts revealed for the show include: Tijuana’s Roberto Ramirez (24-3-1, 17KOs) versus Puebla’s Juan Antonio Rodriguez (32-8, 28KOs) in a ten-round battle of Mexican lightweights; Toledo-bred veteran Sonny Fredrickson (21-4, 14KOs) versus Miguel Angel Madueno Angulo (24-0, 22KOs) of Orange, California in a scheduled ten-round junior welterweight contest; and the anticipated pro debut of highly decorated U.S. amateur Charlie Sheehy, who will appear in a four-round junior welterweight bout versus a yet-to-be-named opponent.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox