Longtime mixed martial arts fighter Joe "Diesel"
Riggs will trade in his four-ounce gloves for 10-ounce gloves
when he makes his professional boxing debut on May 23 from the
Casino Del Sol's outdoor AVA Amphitheater in Tucson, Arizona.
Fighting under the Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions banner, Riggs
will lace-up against heavyweight David Damore (1-6-3, 1 KO) in a
Streaming live on UFC Fight Pass, Riggs and Damore will square off
in the opening fight of the Tucson show. Riggs, 36, owns a 50-18-1
professional MMA record with memorable matches taking place across
the most recognized promotions in the game, including the
Ultimate Fighting Championship, Bellator
MMA, Strikeforce, M-1 Global, and World Extreme Cagefighting,
for which he was also their middleweight champion.
Competing in MMA for close to 18 years, Riggs has also gone 3-0
fighting in professional bare-knuckle boxing matches. Riggs, who
fights out of Phoenix, will face another Arizona native in Damore,
who hails from Glendale.
Headlining the card will be Germany's former WBC international
female lightweight champion Ikram Kerwat (9-1, 5 KOs) against
Brazilian Simone Da Silva (15-12, 6 KOs). The winner of the
10-round main event will walk away with the vacant WBC silver
female lightweight championship.
Entering the ring with an undefeated record will be Max "The Baby
Face Assassin" Ornelas to face Mexico's Alex "Xhino" Rangel (17-9,
4 KOs). Ranked 11 by the World Boxing Organization, the 12-0
Ornelas will put his winning streak on the line in the eight-round
co-featured bout of the evening.