David Benavidez Returns Saturday + Everything Else In Boxing
David Benavidez vs. Kyrone Davis.
Saturday, November 13th, 6 PM PST – network: Showtime
One week after Canelo Alvarez unified the entire super middleweight division, the former WBC super-middleweight world champion who lost his title due to a recreational drug suspension for cocaine, is back facing late-replacement Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis in the main event of a Showtime card. Benavidez is seen by most as the most interesting fight for Canelo Alvarez, and the fact that he is fighting one week after the superstar, as well as Canelo vs. Plant replay will be aired prior to the fight card might hint that Benavidez is in the mix for Canelo.
Yet, Benavidez has been his own worst enemy with a drug suspension and missing weight hindering his leverage to be at the top of the division. Yet, for this fight, Benavidez’s original opponent, Jose Uzcategui, the best win on Caleb Plant’s resume, who lost to Canelo last Saturday, popped for EPO, and Davis stepped in on late notice.
Davis is a solid fighter in his own right, earning a draw with Anthony Dirrell in his last fight, and trained by boxing personality Stephen Edwards, better known by his Twitter nickname, Breadman Boxing. Edwards is likable, sharing insights about boxing, but what has made him well known in the sport is his child-like joy for the sport, which most of us lose over time, yet he didn’t. You can agree or disagree with him, but you can’t help, but love the passion.
That being said, this is going to be a hard task for Davis, who is seemingly outgunned in every way against a generational fighter in Benavidez. Even worse, Benavidez is looking to make a statement to get his name in the conversation with Canelo Alvarez.
Benavidez is one of the fighters, that despite who he fights, he is worth watching.
Jose Benavidez Jr. vs. Francisco Emanuel Torres will fight at 154 lbs, on the undercard. Benavidez Jr. is the older brother of David, and will be fighting for the first time with Premier Boxing Champions, after spending most of his career with Top Rank Inc. A fun fact was David Benavidez was on Top Rank cards after the main events, but snuck through the recruiting process before becoming a face of the youth movement of the sport.
Both Benavidez brothers should look good in their respective bouts.
Undefeated Rock Myrthil will face Ladarius Miller in an eight-round bout. Miller is uber-talented having a win over world champion Jamel Herring, yet weight issues have hurt him as he has missed weight a couple of times, and now faces an undefeated prospect in a trajectory fight.
Micky Scala will face Martez Jackson on the undercard. Scala is a recently signed Mayweather Promotions fighter from Arizona, who is an aggressive puncher.
Keenan Carbajal will face Josean Figueroa-Bonilla, as Carbajal is the grandson of Danny Carbajal. His career will always be in the shadow of Michael Carbajal, one of the greatest fighters at the lower weights, but that being said, Keenan should be in a competitive local attraction.
Jaime Munguia vs. Gabriel Rosado
Saturday, November 13th, 6 PM PST, Network: DAZN
Munguia is a limited puncher, let’s not get it twisted. That being said – he is fun and tough.
Rosado is a veteran, who finally got redemption, getting his big win against “Bek The Bully”, a top-rated prospect who was being fast-tracked to a world title.
For me, the bout is just as much about the fight, but also how the love affair with Jaime Munguia has cooled. When Munguia burst on the scene and KO’ed Sadam Ali, we saw him as the mega-fight for “Canelo” Alvarez, a few years later, after a major Canelo win – his name isn’t mentioned. We went from asking what the ceiling for Munguia was, to believing inevitably he will lose. This problem stems from his awful fight with Dennis Hogan.
That being said, credit to Golden Boy Promotions, and Robert Diaz, as this is the perfect fight for both fighters. For Rosado to get into the conversation of a world title, he needs a big win. For Munguia to show he is a changed man under a new trainer and hall-of-fame boxer, Erik Morales, he has to beat a tricky veteran like Rosado.
The fight for me comes down to youth and durability as most are sleeping on the fact that Rosado is a much better fighter than he was when he was Canelo Alvarez’s mandatory for the IBF 154 lbs title before moving up to middleweight, and that improvement came via experience in fights and the gyms. Munguia, on the other hand, now needs to show urgency as after the Sadam Ali fight we haven’t had a marquee moment from Munguia, as he is currently the #1 contender for both the WBC and WBO middleweight world titles. The WBC is held by Jermall Charlo, and the WBO is held by Demetrius Andrade.
Munguia was first brought forth as an exciting young Mexican fighter on the rise, but now we’re slowly starting to take away the word young, and with that, we have to set a cap on expectations. This fight will reveal the future for Munguia.
Alexis Rocha vs. Jeovanis Barraza should be good while it lasts. Rocha is the brother of Ronny Rios and a big puncher and despite getting outboxed by “Speedy” Ellis, is a good L.A. area fighter to entertain the crowd.
D’Mitrus Ballard vs. Paul Valenzuela Jr, a true 50-50 fight as Paul Valenzuela is a guy who can outwork fighters who don’t throw enough punches, and “Big Meech” Ballard is coming off a draw and a no-decision, as well as a two-year lay-off.
William Zepeda vs. John Moralde will see Zepeda an exciting prospect face a guy, who many contenders and world champions faced on the way up. Moralde is a solid test, but Zepeda’s power could be in the world-level tier. This should give Zepeda a solid win as we move into 2022. A form of the WBA title will be on the line, which will move Zepeda up the rankings with a win.
Diego De La Hoya vs. Jose Gonzalez, the return of Diego De La Hoya, who seemingly can’t find a suitable weight class for himself. At this point, we just want to see De La Hoya put together a solid performance.
Asa Stevens vs. Daniel Vasquez, Stevens along with stablemate Dalis Kaleiopu, have been rather inactive since signing with Golden Boy Promotions, but that will change as Stevens returns this week. Stevens is a talented fighter, who we hope to see active next year.
Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos Jnr Undercard Announced.
The long-delayed IBF lightweight world title unification bout between Teofimo Lopez facing George Kambosos – which takes place on DAZN, November 27th, will feature a world title fight for the vacant 130 lbs IBF title between Azinga Fuzile and Kenichi Ogawa, featherweight Raymond Ford will face former Shakur Stevenson opponent, Felix Caraballo, as well as Christina Cruz, Ramla Ali, Zhilei Zhang and Reshati Mati, appearing in separate bouts on the undercard.
Haney vs. JoJo Diaz Announced for December 4th
Devin “The Dream” Haney, who holds a form of the WBC Lightweight World Champion, and Joseph “JoJo” Diaz, Jr. WBC Interim Lightweight World Champion and mandatory challenger, hosted a press conference last Friday to launch their highly anticipated match on December 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, live worldwide on DAZN. Click here to buy tickets!
“I’ve been preparing for this fight for a while now, I’m so thankful that the fight finally came, and I just can’t wait to show JoJo Diaz that he can be a dog, but at the end of the day skills pay the bills. If that’s his only approach that he’s going to dog me, come on I’ve been seeing that my whole career, if that’s his Plan A and I’m going to let him dog me, it’s going to be a long night,” said Haney. “At the end of the day, I don’t think it’s any real doubt with these guys with me, none of them are in a rush to fight me. JoJo Diaz wasn’t in a rush to fight me, I feel like we had to corner him to make him take the fight, all these other guys it’s the same thing. They know my skills set, how much I bring to the table, if JoJo didn’t take this fight the world would have known what it really was. Come December 4, they’re going to see.”
“I feel like I’m at my prime, I feel like I’ve already took all the steps I needed to take to be at this point in my life and my career. As far as taking fights with Jesús Rojas, Tevin Farmer, Gary Russell Jr., Javier Fortuna, I’ve already fought those top tier contenders,” said Joseph Diaz Jr. “When I say out dog, it’s not just throwing punches and stuff like that, I’ve got all the skills and resume in the back of my mind and career. I’m a 2021 Olympian, I’ve fought all these tough fighters already, I’m not just going to throw punches to throw them. I’m going to break his ass down.”
Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury
International superstar Jake “The Problem Child” Paul is prepping for his next bout taking place at the AMALIE Arena in Tampa ahead of his showdown with U.K. reality TV star Tommy “TNT” Fury. The two professional boxers will put their undefeated records on the line in the main event of a SHOWTIME PPV event live, Saturday, December 18.
“Tommy claims to have been doing this his whole life and he’s had this amateur career, and he’s been around it and that is true, but he hasn’t worked as hard as me. I see a green guy who hasn’t sparred enough times and who has only been put in there with opponents that were meant to lose. This is his first real test where his opponent just doesn’t flop over. You’re going to see that. You’re going to see a fighter who is a virgin, in my opinion. He has no idea what he’s getting himself into. This is his first time under the big lights and on the big stage, and he’s going to crack under the pressure,” said Paul. “Tommy Fury hasn’t been tested. We will see how he responds and I think that’s the beautiful thing about this fight, it’s the unknown. Is he actually a Fury, or will we find out if he’s just a half-Fury? Does he have the heart like his brother or is he just living in the shadow of his brother? This is also my first time fighting a real quote-unquote boxer. Whatever that means. He’s undefeated, same height, same weight so it’s really a perfect matchup and we’re really going to see who worked harder, who wants it more, and who has that dog inside of him.”
New Opponent For “Danger” Muratalla
Raymond Muratalla has a new opponent for his PPV debut Saturday, Nov. 20 at Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, as Steven Ortiz was forced to withdraw due to injury, and the lightweight will now face Elias Araujo in an eight-rounder to open the PPV broadcast of the WBO world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and former two-time welterweight world champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter.
Triller Introduces Triad
Triller Fight Club has announced the full card for the Debut of Triad Combat set for Saturday, November 27 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX and live on Pay-Per-View.
The card will feature a triangle-shaped ring similar to BYB Extreme, the card will be headlined by former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir versus Kubrat Pulev. Other bouts will see heavyweight Matt Mitrione versus Alexander Flores, Mike Perry versus Sakio Bika, Derek Campos versus Brian Vera, amongst others.
It will be MMA versus boxing, and it will be weird.
This card will go head-to-head with the Teofimo Lopez fight they bid on, won the rights to, and then lost as too much time had elapsed.
Saturday, November 13th, 11 AM PST, Network: Showtime
Kid Galahad vs. Kiko Martinez will fight for Galahad’s 126 lbs IBF world title. To be honest, I forgot Galahad was a champion and I guess it speaks to since Shakur Stevenson and Oscar Valdez left that division I view it as Gary Russell Jr., and Emanuel Navarrete – and then everyone else. This should be a showcase for Galahad, as Martinez is well past the prime of his career.
Terri Harper vs. Alycia Baumgardner will face each other for Harper’s 130 lbs WBC women’s title, and hopefully, we can see the winner face Mikaela Mayer. The bout is a sneaky good match-up.
Chris Billam-Smith vs. Dylan Bregeon will fight for Billam-Smith’s title, and this should be a fight in which this is the ceiling for both cruiserweights and they just beat each other up.
A fighter I am fond of Aaron McKenna returns in England this weekend, on a rather no thrills card. McKenna was being built up by Golden Boy Promotions and looked to be an interesting prospect, yet – at some point the activity stopped, or I stopped seeing him on my TV screen. Keep your eyes out for him as talent exists with him.
Mike Perez vs. Jose Gregorio Ulrich, in Germany – Perez is a world-level cruiserweight, who will always have Magomed Abdusalamov tragedy linger over him. Perez is a guy that would be a perfect bridgerweight fighter.
Thursday, November 11th – Fite TV from Huntington, New York.
Michael Magnesi vs. Eugene Lagos, the undefeated Magnesi has a good record and with a few promoters signing a lot of 130 lbs fighter, I am sure we will see him on TV very soon.
Joe Ward vs. Leandro Silva, Ward had an injury derail his pro debut, but bounced back. Ward is in the light heavyweight division, which has mostly old fighters, and isn’t that deep. A good run should see him at the top of the division