VERONA — Former world champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez will face Michael “Cannon Handz” Seals at the Event Center at Turning Stone Resort Casino in a light heavyweight boxing match on Saturday, Jan. 18.
The 10-round showdown will be contested for the vacant WBC Continental Americas title, and the winner is expected to challenge for a world title in 2020.
Alvarez-Seals and a co-feature will stream live on ESPN+, beginning at 10 p.m.
Undercard bouts will stream live on ESPN+ starting at 6:30.
Tickets from $40 to $89 go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the Turning Stone Resort Box Office, charge by phone at 1-800-771-7711 or online at Ticketmaster.com.
Alvarez (24-1, 12 KOs), Colombian-born and Montreal-based, has not fought since Feb. 2, when he dropped a unanimous decision to Sergey Kovalev six months after knocking him out to win the WBO light heavyweight world title.
The long layoff is due to a torn foot ligament suffered in training earlier this year.
Seals (24-2, 18 KOs), a Mobile, Ala., native who played collegiate football at Alabama A&M, is an 11-year pro.
He was in a 2015 Fight of the Year contender versus Edwin Rodriguez that included five knockdowns in three rounds.
He fell short versus Rodriguez but has won four in a row, including three by knockout in either first or second round.
He is coming off a one-punch, first-round knockout Oct. 18 in Philadelphia against Elio Trosch.