Danielito Zorrilla is ready to pick up where he left off just one month ago.
The unbeaten junior welterweight arrived in South Florida over the weekend ahead of his rescheduled crossroads bout with Mexico’s Pablo Cesar Cano. The bout takes place Tuesday live on Triller and Fite TV from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, exactly one month to the day of their canceled fight.
“I’ve remained ready to fight and to win,” Zorilla told BoxingScene.com. “This is a fight I’ve wanted, it’s good for my development. I can only get better by facing more experienced opposition.
“To be the best, you have to beat the best. Beating better opposition will only make me better.”
The bout headlines a split-site TrillerVerz event. The boxing portion takes place in Florida, before shifting to Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York City, where hip hop icons Fat Joe and Ja Rule square off in a Verzuz battle immediately following the Triller fight card.
Zorrilla (15-0, 11KOs) has not fought since a technical decision win over Ruslan Madiyev (13-2, 5KOs) this past March in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The rough, foul-filled affair ended midway through round eight after repeated punches left Zorrilla unable to continue and ultimately hospitalized shortly after receiving the technical decision win.
By his own admission, it was not the finest hour for Zorrilla, a 27-year-old rising prospect from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico who is co-promoted by Promociones Miguel Cotto and Golden Boy Promotions. With that came an eager pursuit of the upcoming challenge with Cano (33-7-1, 23KOs). The two were scheduled to meet August 14 on a DAZN show from Frisco, Texas, only for Cano to have to withdraw after not obtaining a travel visa in time.
Zorrilla went through the trouble of participating in all fight week events, including the pre-fight weigh-in where he was 139.8 pounds, just under the 140-pound junior welterweight limit though without a fight to show for it.
Zorrilla and his team are already on site and have been given every assurance that the issues which plagued their fight last month are since resolved. Cano received his necessary paperwork one week ago, thus allowing Tuesday’s announced main event to move forward.
“I’m ready to fight,” vows Zorrilla. “I am coming to fight and it will be my night.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox