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Michael Hunter returns to motion, will face Donnie Palmer on June 24

Heavyweight Michael Hunter will lastly make his return to the ring.

Hunter will face Donnie Palmer on June 24, promoter Michael Reyes introduced late Thursday. The ten-round bout will happen on the Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The 34-year-old did verify with The Ring final Friday he was returning to motion on this date.

Hunter (20-1-2, 14 knockouts), who lives and trains in Las Vegas, Nevada, has not fought since a split-decision draw towards Jerry Forrest in December 2021. He additionally fought to a split-decision draw towards Alexander Povetkin in December 2019.

All through his profession, Hunter does have wins over unbeaten fighters, together with Martin Bakole, Sergey Kuzmin, and Isiah Thomas. Hunter has additionally defeated the likes of Iago Kiladze, Alexander Ustinov, and Fabio Maldonado.

Hunter is unbeaten in his final 10 bouts since struggling his solely defeat as a professional by the hands of then-WBO world cruiserweight titleholder Oleksandr Usyk in April 2017.

Over the past a number of weeks, Hunter has competed within the Workforce Fight League, racking up seven wins towards no defeats. He defeated each Hasim Rahman, Jr. and Jerry Forrest on June 2. Hunter additionally fought twice on April 27, defeating Rahman, Jr. and Norman Neely, and on Might 18, twice defeating Devon Younger.

Hunter is scheduled to once more struggle in Workforce Fight League motion tonight, dealing with Scott Alexander on the Mohegan Solar On line casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Palmer (12-3-1, 10 KOs), who resides in close by Dorchester, final fought on January 28, shedding by unanimous choice to once-beaten Steve Vukosa. The 6’10” Palmer had gained his earlier three fights since shedding by knockout to Joe Joyce in March 2018.

Within the co-feature, light-weight William Silva (30-4, 18 KOs) of Sao Paulo, Brazil will sq. off towards gatekeeper Raul Chirino (22-16, 13 KOs) of Miami, Florida in a 10-round bout.

In a conflict between unbeaten lightweights, Gabriel Morales (7-0, 4 KOs) of Lowell will face Mexico’s Alfredo Jimenez Espino in a six-round bout.

Junior middleweight Chris Thompson (9-0, 6 KOs) of Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, will sq. off towards Uruguay’s Andres Viera (11-5, 8 KOs) in an eight-round bout.

Welterweight Tahmir Smalls (9-0, 6 KOs) of Philadelphia will face Colombia’s Heivinson Herrera (28-22-1, 22 KOs) in an eight-round bout.

In middleweight motion, Rayton Okwiri (8-1-1, 6 KOs) of Nairobi, Kenya will sq. off Denver’s Erick Kedar Gianous (6-0, 4 KOs) in an eight-round bout.


Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has coated boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He could be reached at [email protected]



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