Sonny Conto, Javier Martinez, and Omar Rosario Fight in Las Vegas on ESPN+|Ivan Golub makes 2021 Debut in Orlando|Split-T Press Release|#86Media

NEW YORK (February 20, 2021) – Four fighters under the Split-T Management banner will see action on two different shoes In Las Vegas, undefeated Heavyweight Sonny Conto returns to take on Waldo Cortes in a four-round bout; undefeated middleweight Javier Martinez takes on Billy Wagner in a four-round bout; Omar Rosario battles Uriel Villanueva in a junior welterweight tussle. Those bouts will be contested at at the MGM Grand Conference Center, AKA “The Bubble”, and streamed live on ESPN+ at 6:30 PM RT.

Welterweight contender Ivan Golub takes on Luis Eduardo Florez in a bout scheduled for eight rounds at the Carible Orlando, Florida. Conto of Philadelphia has a record of 6-0 with five knockouts. 

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The 25 year-old Conto is coming off a 1st round stoppage over Curtis Head on January 11, 2020 in Atlantic City. Cortes of Arizona is 6-3 with three knockouts, and sports a win over Kingsley Ibeh. Cortes is coming off a 1st round stoppage over Daviante Jones on October 29th. Conto weighed 221.5 lbs at Friday’s weigh-in.  Cortes was 255.5 lbs. Martinez of Milwaukee is 2-0.

The 25-year-old Martinez is coming off a unanimous decision over Rance Ward on August 29th.
Martinez was the 2020 Olympic Trial Champion at middleweight.  He was also a five-time National Champion, and the number-one ranked fighter at 165 pounds in the USA Boxing Rankings, Martinez’s selection as an Olympic alternate despite his victory at the trials and various international experience caused shock-waves through the amateur system.   

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Wagner of Great Falls, Montana, has a record of 3-1 with one knockout. He has a win over Andrew Whitfield and is won his last two fights, including his last bout when defeated 16-fight veteran Sean Gee on January 25, 2020. Martinez weighed 161 lbs; Wagner weighed 160 lbs.
Rosario of Caguas, Puerto Rico, has a record of 2-0. The 23-year-old Rosario is coming off a unanimous decision win over Matt Gaver on October 2nd in Kissimmee, Florida.  

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The fighters are under the guidance of Tim VanNewhouse. Conto, Martinez and Rosario are promoted by Top Rank. Golub of Brooklyn, New York is on the cusp of a major opportunity, as he sports an impressive mark of 18-1 with 14 knockouts. The 32-year-old Golub is a seven-year professional.  

He has racked up a slew of an impressive wins over Kirk Huff (3-0), Tyson Harrison (2-0), Kendal Mena (20-2), Juan Rodriguez Jr. (12-3), Marlon Aguas (9-0) and James Stevenson (23-2).  Golub has won five straight contests, with the latest being a 10th round stoppage over Janer Gonzalez (19-2-1) on November 15, 2019 to make the 2nd defense of his WBC USNBC Welterweight title.

Florez of Colombia is 25-17 with 21 knockouts. The 33-year-old is a 10 year-veteran and has a 1st round knockout over current WBC Super Featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt (21-0 at the time).
Florez has shared the ring with world champions Jamel Herring and Regis Prograis. Golub weighed in at 149.6 lbs. Florez was 150.4 lbs. Golub is promoted by DiBella Entertainment.

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