With The Cancellation Of Smith-Sepien, Pacheco vs Cullen Headlines In Liverpool
One of the world’s leading prospects, 22-year-old Californian Diego Pacheco (17-0, 14 KOs) makes his UK debut against fan favourite, Little Lever’s Jack Cullen (21-3-1, 9 KOs) in the main event of a Matchroom Boxing card this Saturday, March 11 at the 9,000-capacity M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England live on DAZN.
Pacheco had a very successful 2022 with four outings resulting in him capturing and defending the WBC US Super Middleweight title and earning a top 10 ranking with the WBO. The highly-touted prospect will hope to repeat this activity in 2023 and further boost his growing profile as he starts to headline/co-feature.
Although he is only headlining due to the withdrawal of Callum Smith and Liam Paro, this could be a big blessing in disguise for him as all the attention on fight week will be on him for the first time in his pro career; much earlier than he probably expected. Pacheco is a part of the same team that represents Canelo Alvarez, John Ryder and Edgar Berlanga and the young American will soon look to be in that mix.
Cullen only managed one fight in 2022, a comeback against Vladimir Belujsky (12-3-1). A British title challenge against Mark Heffron was in the works for the Sep 24 Joyce-Parker card but didn’t materialise in the end. He was also supposed to return in December but pulled out due to COVID. Cullen starts a heavy underdog against Pacheco but he’s upset a top prospect before and will look to do so again.
Pacheco vs Cullen Undercard
Liverpool 140-pounder Robbie Davies Jr (23-3, 15 KOs) was supposed to land a big opportunity against world number 2 Liam Paro but the Aussie star, unfortunately, had to pull out injured just a couple of weeks out. Davies Jr remains on the card in the co-feature slot as Australian-based Irishmen Darragh Foley (21-4-1, 9 KOs) steps in on late notice.
2020 Olympian Peter McGrail (6-0, 5 KOs) makes his highly-anticipated Matchroom debut against Argentina’s Nicolas Nahuel Botelli (14-7, 8 KOs). Botelli dropped top Kazakh Sultan Zaurbek last April and currently holds the Argentinian Featherweight title coming off a 3-fight win streak.
Lightweight prospect Rhiannon Dixon (7-0) fights for her first title as she meets fellow undefeated Vicky Wilkinson (5-0-1) for the Commonwealth strap. Dixon has zero amateur pedigree but the backing of STN and Matchroom has elevated her to this platform whilst 39-year-old Wilkinson recorded 16 wins from 22 amateur contests but couldn’t secure the same support in her pro career.
Romford-based Heavyweight Johnny Fisher (7-0, 6 KOs), who has sold approximately 1,000 tickets for Saturday night, will face Italy’s Alfonso Damiani (6-2, 2 KOs) over eight rounds. Oldham’s Aqib Fiaz (10-0) takes on Dean Dodge (9-2-1, 3 KOs) in a career-toughest test over eight rounds at Super-Featherweight.
Campbell Hatton (9-0, 3 KOs) meets Michel Gonxhe (4-2-1), Paddy Lacey (7-0, 1 KO) and James McCarthy (2-4-1) collide in a Scouse derby and George Liddard (1-0, 1 KO) makes a second appearance against Daniel Przewieslik (3-12-2).
Pacheco vs Cullen Start Times, TV Channel And Main Event Ring Walks
Pacheco vs Cullen will be shown live on DAZN around the world (excluding Australia and New Zealand)
The main card action starts at 7:00 pm BST (2 pm ET, 11 am PT). The preliminary action, shown on the Matchroom and DAZN YouTube channels, is scheduled to begin at 4:30 pm GMT (11:30 am ET, 8:30 am PT).
Pacheco Cullen main event ring walks are expected at approximately 10:15 pm GMT (5 pm ET, 2 pm PT).
Pacheco vs Cullen Running Order
16:30 LIVE ON BEFORE THE BELL
4 x 3 mins International Middleweight contest
GEORGE LIDDARD 162.1 lbs v DANIEL PRZEWIESLIK 161.1 lbs
(Billericay, England) (Ruda Slaska, Poand)
6 x 3 mins International Super-Lightweight contest
CAMPBELL HATTON 140.5 lbs v MICHAEL GONXHE 136.14 lbs
(Hyde, England) (Frankfurt, Germany)
6 x 3 mins Middleweight contest
PADDY LACEY 162.14 lbs v JAMES MCCARTHY 160.15 lbs
(Liverpool, England) (Liverpool, England)
8 x 3 mins Super-Featherweight contest
AQIB FIAZ 134.7 lbs v DEAN DODGE 132.15 lbs
(Oldham, England) (Yeovil, England)
19:00 LIVE ON DAZN
10 x 2 mins vacant Commonwealth Lightweight Title
RHIANNON DIXON 134.12 lbs v VICKY WILKINSON 132.1 lbs
(Warrington, England) (Wombourne, England)
10 x 3 mins International Super-Bantamweight contest
PETER MCGRAIL 123.8 lbs v NICOLAS NAHUEL BOTELLI 123.12 lbs
(Liverpool, England) (Salta, Argentina)
8 x 3 mins International Heavyweight contest
JOHNNY FISHER 240.12 lbs v ALFONSO DAMIANI 233.13 lbs
(Romford, England) (Subiaco, Italy)
10 x 3 mins International Super-Lightweight contest
ROBBIE DAVIES JR 139.12 lbs v DARRAGH FOLEY 139.6 lbs
(Liverpool, England) (Bondi, Australia)
10 x 3 mins WBO International Super-Middleweight Title
DIEOGO PACHECO 166.10 lbs v JACK CULLEN 167.8 lbs
(Los Angeles, USA) (Little Lever, England)
Diego Pacheco v Jack Cullen – WBO International Super Middleweight Title – Sat March 11 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool – Live On DAZN