Hungry Robert Meriwether ready for Carlos Rocha and beyond

Robert Meriwether III wants Friday night’s fight with Carlos Rocha to be the first of a busy 2024.

He fights for the first time since agreeing promotional terms with ProBox’s Garry Jonas, and as a protege of Floyd Mayweather his fights are of increasing interest.

At 18 Meriwether has already been identified as one of America’s most promising young fighters – Shawn Porter is among his highest-profile supporters – and ahead of the date in Plant City, Florida the super featherweight told ProBox TV: “I want to be very active. I want to be in the ring as much as possible and showcase my talent. I want to prove to everybody that I belong where I am right now. 

“His name is Carlos Rocha [aged 30] – he’s cool, and he is from Brazil. He is a cool boxer, an orthodox [fighter], but I can see his flaws, and I will exploit him come Friday. 

“Everyone should come and see me and put on a boxing clinic and an outstanding performance with boxing skill and talent. You’ll see a great jab and a great defence but also a great offence.”

Paulie Malignaggi and Chris Algieri, both retired world champions, will be commentating on his fifth professional fight.

“It is very exciting to have world champions not just commentating but also breaking down my fights; having them study and watch my fights and see how I have progressed so far in my career,” he said.