Diego Pacheco To Make UK Debut As Jack Cullen Earns Chance To Upset Leading Prospect
One of the world’s leading prospects, 21-year-old Californian Diego Pacheco (17-0, 14 KOs) will make his UK debut in his next fight against fan favourite, Little Lever’s Jack Cullen (21-3-1, 9 KOs), sources tell NoSmokeBoxing.
Pacheco vs Cullen will land on the undercard of a Matchroom Boxing show that will take place on March 11 at the 9,000-capacity M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England live on DAZN.
The headliner will be former world super middleweight champion Callum Smith (29-1, 21 KOs) against an undetermined opponent. Smith is the WBC’s mandatory challenger at a 175-pounds and is guaranteed the winner of Artur Beterbiev vs Anthony Yarde, which takes place on Jan 28 in Wembley, with no exceptions.
Smith is expected to have a ‘keep busy’ fight against a top 15 light heavyweight before going into a unified title challenge against either Beterbiev or Yarde.
Cullen only managed one fight in 2022, a comeback against Vladimir Belujsky (12-3-1). A British title challenge against Mark Heffron was in the works for the Sep 24 Joyce-Parker card but didn’t materialise in the end. Cullen will start a heavy underdog against Pacheco but he’s upset a top prospect before and will look to do so again.