MINNEAPOLIS MN (May 23, 2022) — Minnesota boxing fan-favorite David Morrell Jr. vows to be at his explosive best when he takes on highly regarded contender Kalvin Henderson on Saturday, June 4, at The Armory in Morrell’s adopted hometown of Minneapolis.
Morrell (6-0, 5 KOs), intends to make a big statement in the 168-pound division as he defends his world title against Henderson (15-1-1, 11 KOs). The fight is the co-main event of the SHOWTIME-televised Premier Boxing Champions card at The Armory.
Also featured on the June 4 card is a compelling showdown for the Unified WBC and WBO Super Bantamweight World Championship. The fight pits current titleholder Stephen Fulton Jr. (20-0, 8 KOs)against former unified champion Danny Roman (29-3-1, 10 KOs). Morrell, a native of Cuba, is unbeaten at The Armory with all three of his wins at the historic venue coming by knockout. He made his pro debut at The Armory in 2019. On June 4, he intends to keep his knockout streak alive in front of the local fans and a national TV audience.
A win would push Morrell a step closer to a mega fight in the 168-pound ranks, a division that boasts some of the best talents in the sport, including pound-for-pound great Canelo Alvarez, and former world champions David Benavidez and Caleb Plant.
Morrell, who earned his boxing stripes as part of the iconic Cuban national team, says he’s ready to take on all comers.
“This is a huge platform for me to show the world what I’m capable of,” Morrell said. “I’m ready to take advantage of it. I’m here to prove my worth to everyone watching at The Armory and around the world. I’m coming to put on a show like I always do and give the fans what they deserve. I can’t wait for this fight.
“I’m 100% ready for the biggest fights at super middleweight,” Morrell added. “This is a great chance for the winner to show that they’re among the elite 168-pound fighters.”
Standing in his way is Henderson, a native of Texas now fighting out of Fayetteville, Arkansas. The hard-hitting Henderson is coming off a second-round knockout win over Robert Burwell in his most recent fight.
“I know Morrell has a strong amateur background and good skills, but all the pressure is on him. We’re in his hometown,” Henderson said. “He’s undefeated and I have one loss, so I don’t have that burden on my back. I’m going to use my skill set and put my hands on him.