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Will the third time be the championship charm for Wilson’s Jamar Freeman?
Two weeks shy of an 18-month layoff, Freeman will return to the ring Saturday night in Las Vegas as he attempts to secure the vacant North American Boxing Federation junior middleweight title when he faces off against undefeated Meiirim Nursultanov at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
It’s part of the undercard for junior flyweights Angel Acosta and Abraham Rodriguez, put on by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.
The 33-year-old Freeman, who is 15-6-2 as a professional with eight knockouts, hasn’t fought since April 27, 2017, when he dropped a six-round unanimous decision to Jeremy Ramos at the Durham Armory.
Nursultanov, who hails from Kazakhstan, enters with a spotless 8-0 record, having only gone in the distance in his pro debut.
Freeman has twice fought for titles before, taking a 10th round TKO at the hands of Samuel Rogers on Dec. 16, 2011 for the WBC FECARBOX super welterweight title.
He fought Julian Williams for the WBC Continental American super welterweight title on Dec. 20, 2014 and was stopped in the eigth round.