For Immediate Release: November 20, 2023
Martinjak-Hatch III to Headline BYB 23 Bare Knuckle Brawl in the Pines II on January 18 in Pembroke Pines, FL
Croatian champion Marko Martinjak and American Jarome Hatch to complete their Trigon Trilogy, fighting for the Police Gazette World Diamond Belt for the third time on a third continent.
Tickets on sale now at bybtickets.com/pines.
Pembroke Pines, FL – BYB Extreme Extreme Bare Knuckle Hall of Fame matchmaker Mel Valenzuella announced today that BYB’s Jarome Hatch and BKB’s Marko Martinjak will face off for a third and final time in the patented Trigon for the Police Gazette World Diamond Belt at BYB 23 Brawl in the Pines II at the Charles F. Dodge Center in Pembroke Pines, FL on January 18.
The head-to-head series currently stands at one win a piece with Hatch capturing the title at BYB 16 in Dubai this past March before dropping the belt to Martinjak in a rematch this past June at BYB 18 in London. Having already faced each other in Dubai and London, North America will be the third continent that the cruiserweights will have battled on for the prestigious title whose lineage traces back to the great John L. Sullivan. BYB 23 will mark Martinjak’s US debut, as well as the first time Hatch has fought for the title in his home country. Martinjak will joining training mate Adriana Vukovic on the card. Vukovic will be facing BYB Women’s Welterweight champion and Police Gazette World Diamond Belt holder Jozette Cotton in the BYB 23 co-main event.
Said Martinjak, “I’m glad to finish this trilogy on American soil. Having boxed in the Middle East and Europe, to dance this last dance in the US truly epitomizes an American Dream come true for me. I hope that he has recovered from his injury and that he will come to the Trigon as ready as possible, because I can’t wait for the bell to ring so I can settle this thing once and for all.”
Said Hatch, “I’ve been waiting for this since London, even if we all know it shouldn’t have gotten to the “trilogy.” It will be my pleasure to fight him again and silence him forever. Here in the States, just like it was in Dubai, it’ll just be him and me and he won’t have the UK ref to help and save him this time.”
BYB 23 Brawl at the Pines II will take place January 18 at the Charles F. Dodge Center in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Tickets are available now at bybtickets.com/pines. Follow @bybextreme on social for more information.
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