Acelino ‘Popo’ Freitas To Fight At Age 47 As Cyborg Co-Serve as
Another retired well-known particular person of the early aughts is coming round again.
Former two-division world champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas (41-2, 34 KOs) may also be coming round again at the age of 47 when he takes on MMA fighter Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons (29-16, 19 KO) on Sept. 25 in his space country of Brazil.
The professional boxing are compatible will serve as the co-featured attraction to Cris Cyborg’s skilled boxing debut against Simone Silva, Cyborg offered on her web site.
Freitas – arguably Brazil’s most renowned boxing champion – last fought professionally in 2017 and has fought merely three times since losing to Juan Diaz in 2007.
All over his heyday, Freitas used to be as soon as a fierce and same old fighter who handed Joel Casamayor his first professional loss in 2002. Freitas turned into skilled in 1995 and kicked off his profession with 29 consecutive KOs.
Freitas first used to be a world champion in 1999 when he beat Anatoly Alexandrov for a in point of fact easiest featherweight title. He defended the title six circumstances and would moreover develop into a unified champion at 130-pound champion when he beat Casamayor.
Freitas used to be a lightweight champion in 2004 when he beat Artur Grigorian, on the other hand he didn’t give protection to the title, as he suffered a 10th-round TKO to Diego Corrales the equivalent 12 months.
Freitas climbed up the ladder once all over again and used to be a lightweight world champion when he scored a get a divorce resolution win against Zahir Raheem in 2006.
In retirement, Freitas moreover got into politics during the last decade as a legislator in Brazil.
Freitas made his debut on the International Boxing Hall of Recognition Ballot last 12 months on the other hand used to be as soon as now not inducted.
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