Hairon Socarras, 22, and Neslan Machado, 19, define the young and hopeful of Saturday’s boxing show in Wynwood. But the card also will feature a familiar fighter with a 22-year résumé.
Miami resident Glen Johnson continues to land fights, four months shy of his 47th birthday. Johnson will face Avri Yildirim in a scheduled 10-round light-heavyweight bout.
Johnson (54-20-2, 37 KOs) far from resembles the fighter who knocked out Roy Jones Jr. and defeated Antonio Tarver in consecutive bouts 11 years ago. The 2004 Fighter of the Year, Johnson has lost two consecutive bouts and six of his past nine matches, ranging from the super-middleweight to cruiserweight class.
Nonetheless, Johnson remains active, keeping up with former opponents and fellow boxing graybeards Jones, Tarver and Bernard Hopkins, all of whom refuse to store away their gloves. Although Saturday’s bout against Yildirim will be his first of the year, Johnson had three bouts in 2014.
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Yildirim, meanwhile, fits a profile more in common with Socarras’ and Machado’s. The native of Turkey turned professional last year and has won all five of his bouts, four by knockout. And Yildirim found little use for the customary four-round phase undergone by fledgling professionals. By his third bout Yildirim was in a scheduled eight-round fight.
Saturday’s announced nine-bout card starts at 7 p.m. and will be the first at Manna Production Village, located at 318 NW 23 St. According to the show’s organizers, the facility can accommodate 2,000 fans with an expansion capacity of 3,000 additional seats. All seats are $25.