Abraham Nova to face William Encarnacion on Jan. 15 after Jose Vivas withdraws with injury

Abraham Nova to face William Encarnacion on Jan. 15 after Jose Vivas withdraws with injury Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank 06 Jan by Ryan Songalia Joe Smith Jr. isn’t the only fighter getting a new opponent for his Jan. 15 bout. Abraham Nova will now be facing William Encarnacion in the ten-round featherweight co-feature bout underneath Smith’s WBO light heavyweight title defense against an opponent to be determined at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, N.Y. Smith was scheduled to face Callum Johnson before the British contender withdrew after testing positive for COVID-19. Nova (20-0, 14 KOs) of Albany, N.Y. was originally scheduled to face Jose Enrique Vivas (21-1, 11 KOs) before Vivas withdrew due to an injury, according to a Top Rank source. Encarnacion (19-1, 15 KOs) of San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic will be fighting for the first time outside of his native country. He has won once since his lone defeat, a fourth round knockout to the unbeaten Giovanni Gutierrez in 2019. Encarnacion didn’t fight for 15 months after that, defeating Donny Garcia by a six-round decision, before sitting out all of 2021. Nova, 27, is coming off a unanimous decision over Filipino journeyman Richard Pumicpic in August. The doubleheader will air live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, beginning at 10 p.m. GET THE LATEST ISSUE AT THE RING SHOP (CLICK HERE) or Subscribe Share this story Ratings | View All Top 6 Pound for Pound 1 2 3 4 5 6 Trending Abraham Nova to face William Encarnacion on Jan. 15 after Jose Vivas withdraws with injury William Foster III looks to keep a boxing family tradition going on ShoBox Callum Johnson out of Joe Smith title fight with COVID From the Archive: When The Ring first discovered Roberto Duran Miguel Berchelt plots return in 2022 at lightweight Schedule | View All 15Jan Joe Smith Jr. vs. Callum Johnson (ESPN/ESPN+) 22Jan Gary Russell Jr. vs. Mark Magsayo (Showtime) 29Jan Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Liam Williams; Claressa Shields vs. Ema Kozin Instagram Facebook RingTV Official Product Shop Now!

Abraham Nova to face William Encarnacion on Jan. 15 after Jose Vivas withdraws with injury

Abraham Nova to face William Encarnacion on Jan. 15 after Jose Vivas withdraws with injury

Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank
06
Jan
by Ryan Songalia

Joe Smith Jr. isn’t the only fighter getting a new opponent for his Jan. 15 bout.

Abraham Nova will now be facing William Encarnacion in the ten-round featherweight co-feature bout underneath Smith’s WBO light heavyweight title defense against an opponent to be determined at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, N.Y. Smith was scheduled to face Callum Johnson before the British contender withdrew after testing positive for COVID-19.

Nova (20-0, 14 KOs) of Albany, N.Y. was originally scheduled to face Jose Enrique Vivas (21-1, 11 KOs) before Vivas withdrew due to an injury, according to a Top Rank source.

Encarnacion (19-1, 15 KOs) of San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic will be fighting for the first time outside of his native country. He has won once since his lone defeat, a fourth round knockout to the unbeaten Giovanni Gutierrez in 2019. Encarnacion didn’t fight for 15 months after that, defeating Donny Garcia by a six-round decision, before sitting out all of 2021.

Nova, 27, is coming off a unanimous decision over Filipino journeyman Richard Pumicpic in August.

The doubleheader will air live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, beginning at 10 p.m.