Worlds Collide Fight-Night Preview

Jessie Vargas vs. Thomas Dulorme headlines the Worlds Collide fight night in Chicago, Illinois at the Wintrust Arena on October 6, 2018.

The fight night is brought to you by way of the newest sports streaming service DAZN and promotional outfit, Matchroom Boxing.

The Worlds Collide has put together four title fights in its United States debut show.

Doors open at the Wintrust Arena at 5:00 pm, ET, with fight’s starting at 6:00 pm, ET.

DAZN’s streaming service will be live at 9:00 pm, ET.

The card is headlined by former two-division world champion, Jessie Vargas (28-2-1, 10 KOs) vs. Thomas Dulorme (24-3, 16 KOs) fighting for the WBC Silver title.

IBF Light Heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (12-0, 12 KOs) faces off against Callum Johnson (17-0, 12 KOs), WBA Super Bantamweight champion Daniel Roman (25-2-1, 9 KOs) will take on Gavin McDonnell (20-1-2, 5 KOs), a Heavyweight showdown between Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (21-0-1, 18 KOs) vs. Tomasz Adamek (53-5, 31 KOs) and women’s WBC Super Lighweight champion Erica Farias will defend her title against hometown fighter, Jessica McCaskill (5-2, 3 KOs).

Jessie Vargas vs. Thomas Dulorme

Jessie Vargas vs. Thomas Dulorme is a Welterweight matchup for the WBC Silver title. This would give the winner a chance to face the WBC Welterweight champion Shawn Porter ( 29-2-1, 17 KOs).

Vargas vs. Dulorme adds to the long existing rivalry of Mexico vs. Puerto Rico in the sport of boxing.

Vargas wants to become world champion once again in the Welterweight division. He needs a victory here for a crack at the belt and to be considered one of the top-tier Welterweights. With his loss to Manny Pacquaio (58-6-2, 39 KOs), and a draw to Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs), Vargas has been stuck in the middle of a division stacked with elite talent.

Dulorme, like Vargas, hasn’t separated himself from the pack in either of his divisions. Dulorme’s best win came against Hank Lundy (25-3-1, 14 KOs), which proceeded to give him an eventual shot at Terence Crawford (27-0, 24 KOs). Dulorme hasn’t been able to get over the hump and become a world champion, but this is an opportunity he needs to take advantage of.

This isn’t either fighters biggest test in the ring, but it may be just as important as any other fight they’ve had to continue their respective careers. Vargas vs. Dulorme will both leave it all in the ring with a title shot looming.

Artur Beterbiev vs. Callum Johnson

Artur Beterbiev defending his IBF Light Heavyweight title vs. Callum Johnson has the making of the most explosive fight of the night.

Beterbiev is coming off of a promotional legal battle and hasn’t been in the ring since November 11, 2017. He returns to defend his belt against another heavy puncher in Johnson. He looks to continue his reign in the Light Heavyweight division, and unify with other champions should he win.

Johnson will be making his US debut in the biggest fight of his career. Johnson fought primarily in the UK, but wanted to make a statement against arguably the biggest puncher in the division.

Both men have one-punch KO power, and aren’t afraid to let their hands go. This fight will not go the distance.

Daniel Roman vs. Gavin McDonnell

Daniel Roman will be making his third title defence of his WBA Super Bantamweight against challenger Gavin McDonnell.

Roman is a tough champion that does everything well in the ring. He doesn’t have tremendous power, but not many in the division do.

Roman wants to get the job done against McDonnell and unify his title against any willing champion in the division.

McDonnell will be making his US debut and looking to upset the champion to take his belt.

McDonnell is no stranger to the big fight, although he lost his previous title fight against WBC Super Bantamweight champion Rey Vargas (32-0, 22 KOs). He brings the experience to the fight that is invaluable.

Jarrell ” Big Baby” Miller vs Tomasz Adamek

Jarrell Miller vs. Tomasz Adamek is a mismatch in the Heavyweight divison.

Miller is an undefeated contender in the division. Miller has stopped 18 of his 22 opponents via KO.

Adamek is a Heavyweight journeyman. Now 41 years old, he poses no threat to Miller’s plans of a title shot.

Miller needs to stop Adamek, and continue his Heavyweight journey to the top.

Erica Farias vs. Jessica McCaskill

Erica Farias vs. Jessica McCaskill is a WBC title fight in the female Super Lightweight division.

Farias is the reigning WBC champion from Argentina. This will be her first title defence, as well as her US debut. She brings 16 title defences, non-consecutively, to the ring, and looks to continue her dominance in the division.

McCaskill is the hometown Chicago fighter. She is coming of a tough loss to WBA champion Katie Taylor (10-0, 5 KOs). She will attempt to become Chicago’s first women’s world champion with a victory over Farias.




Photos by Ed Mulholland / DAZN USA

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