The Next Two Weeks In Boxing & Happy Birthday Lukie!!!!
So Tuesday is my birthday, and I wrote a book to not feel so down in the dumps about being officially a middle-aged man. You can purchase it exclusively through Amazon here.
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Crawford v. Spence
We just want this fight! Point blank – period! We just want it.
Crawford is 35-years-old, Spence is 32-years-old – they’re roughly in their prime, and this creates a star in boxing, yet the rumored November 19th date is basically dead in the sand, which isn’t good news for fight fans.
Even worse, it seems like the men in suits, the people making money in the middle are ruining the fight as Crawford and Spence both want the fight, but yet it isn’t getting done. No one is scared, and even worse fight fans are frustrated.
This is a no happy medium scenario, as the fans want the fight, the fighters want the fight, but the fight keeps getting pushed back. The new target date is December 2022, or January 2023. The fear most fight fans have is….that one of the most competitive fights in the sport of boxing might not happen.
Top amateur stand-out Sierra Martinez is currently excelling in the Army’s WCAP program and I was sent exclusive photos to include for fight fans who are following her career.
This Week’s Fights
Dusty Harrison-Hernandez, will enter the ring this weekend with a heavy heart as his father was shot and killed this week. Harrison who will be fighting at cruiserweight will be in an eight-rounder, which can be purchased at BXNG.TV
Greg Outlaw Jr. will be featured on this card as well.
Anthony Peterson will look to get some solid rounds in as Peterson is looking for a big fight in his future.
The best fight of the week will be an interesting bout between two highly ranked featherweights in Sulaiman Segawa vs. Cobia Breedy, which will be a rematch. The last time the two met in the ring, a headbutt forced the bout to be a no-contest.
Eric Hernandez vs. Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley, 6 rounds, junior welterweights
Junior Pizzati vs. Juan Sequiera, 4 rounds, bantamweights
Raheem Webb vs. Jeremiah Kendrick, 4 rounds, junior middleweights
LaVay Lawrence vs. Juan Carlos Montanez Cirillo, 4 rounds, lightweights
In Philly, the rebuild of Christian Carto will continue as the bantamweight who is a big ticket-seller, but was knocked out by a regional opponent a few years back before signing to a major promoter is back on the club scene. Carto, a few years ago, was fighting often with heavy capital behind him. It’ll be interesting to see where he goes.
It is a shame light heavyweight Atif Oberlton will be off television as the Olympic Trials silver medalist from 2019, has proven to be a world-class fighter, with some good wins early in his career – I’d hope we see him back in the mix soon. Since FOX stopped televising boxing on television, and only on PPV guys like Oberlton have been struggling to find their way in front of fight fans.
Kenny Robles, a fighter who has had ties to Northern California will also be featured on this card.
Return of Nava, and Nery
Super Bantamweight contender Luis Nery will face Jesus Ruiz Garcia in a ten-round bout in Mexico. Nery is rumored to be in line for a title shot against Stephen Fulton Jr., who has only fought once in 2022. The list of opponents for Fulton is small as it looks to be either Nery or Ra’eese Aleem.
Mexican boxing legend Jackie Nava will also fight on this card. The card is based on her greatness, and essentially will be a celebration of the women’s boxing pioneer, Nava, career.
WBC Women’s Title On The Line
Lourdes Juarez will look to defend her WBC women’s junior bantamweight title against Asley Gonzalez in Mexico this weekend.
Big Baby Is Back
Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller will face Ebenezer Tetteh, who has only one pro loss on his record which is to Daniel Dubois. The bout will mark the biggest test for Miller since his return to the sport after losing an Anthony Joshua fight due to failing a drug test over multiple banned substances.
Next Week’s Fights
The Fundora Show
Sebastian Fundora came into his last fight as the “b-side” and/or opponent against Erickson Lubin, and left as one of the hottest commodities in the sport of boxing. Fundora will headline Showtime Championship Boxing for the second time as he faces Carlos Ocampo, and looks to defend his WBC interim junior middleweight title in the process in Carson, California.
The night “should be”, a moment to see how Fundora is received by Los Angeles, California fight fans. Fundora who is nearly six-foot, six-inches tall, at 154 lbs looks more like a creation from a lab, than a human being you’d fight, as his dimensions are more so that of pure horror than pleasure. Fundora is a fighter, who the general public is probably undervaluing his potential as he has the potential to be a multiple division world-champion, as well as a star in the sport.
For some reason, I have a feeling Fundora, who I view as a fringe-star currently, is under the radar to most, but will inevitably rise up or surpass many fighters who people have charted a higher ceiling for. Fundora is growing a cult following, and seems to be someone who will be on the top of the championship level boxing cards for AT LEAST, the next five years
That said, Ocampo is a Sean Gibbons guy, and anyone who knows what that means knows, Sean Gibbons might very well be the best matchmaker in boxing, but doesn’t get credit since he does it freelance making fights for his fighters. Gibbons finds obscure fighters like Mauricio Lara and upsets known world champions like Josh Warrington, and has made a career out of it.
Ocampo fought Errol Spence and was stopped in one round, but since has battled back on the regional circuit to get himself into this position. This is his moment, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he puts forth a game effort.
The co-main event will see surging middleweight contender Carlos Adames fight for his second world title of his career taking on Juan Macias Montiel, for the vacant WBC interim middleweight title. Adames, Dominican fighter, looks to join his fellow Dominican fighters such as Hector Luis Garcia, and Alberto Puello, who both recently won world titles.
Montiel is a stern-test, and recently went 12-rounds with world champion Jermall Charlo. Both Charlo brothers are fearsome tests for any fighters to go rounds with, and Montiel proved he was capable of competing at the highest level. A fairly even fight that I give a slight edge to Adames in, that should establish a fighter to face Jermall Charlo in 2023, when Charlo should be set to return to the ring.
A rematch of a fiercely exciting bout between Fernando Martinez and Jerwin Ancajas, in which Martinez defeated the long-reigning IBF junior bantamweight champion to win a world title. This opening bout could steal the show, and will more than likely fly under the radar until the first bell hits. Don’t miss this fight.
My favorite bout of the night won’t be on the main portion of the card, as fearsome puncher Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas, who was brought up by Top Rank Inc., and now is a dog of war fighting all type contenders as he seemingly is promotionally agnostic, will face Mykal Fox, one of the most underrated boxers in the sport. Both fighters can box, and both can bang. This fight should truly create a world title contender and fighter who is worthy of getting paid very well in his next fight.
The sister of Sebsation Fundora, Gabriela Fundora, will be featured as the headliner of the YouTube free-preview, as the night will belong to the Fundora family.
Olympic silver medalist, and fighter signed to Manny Pacquiao Promotions Eumir Marcial will be featured on this card. I expect him to be a player at the top of the division around 2024-2025 – he has a lot of talented.
Three notable developmental fighters will be featured off television, Salinas, California’s lightweight Justin Cardona, who is building his career up, the game 154 lbs Brandon Lynch, who has a compelling back story, and the decorated amateur, Shon Mondragon, a featherweight, who I hope can stay a bit more active.
Eubank Jr. vs. Benn – The Grudge Match 2.0
A catchweight bout between Chris Eubank Jr. and Conor Benn that renews their father’s rivalry will be contested at 157 lbs., as the bout has been strange in the build-up.
Let’s set the stage.
Chris Eubank Jr., has mostly fought at 168 lbs. in his pro career, and has recently trained with Roy Jones Jr., but opted not to for this fight. Add to it that Chris Eubank Jr., is openly mocking the weight issue by going to events eating fried chicken, as well as his father, Chris Eubank Sr., going to the media to “pull his son out of the fight”. It seems like the camp from hell for Eubank Jr.
Add to that, Conor Benn is a relatively untested welterweight, who has marquee wins over older welterweight world champions. Benn has been wanting big fights and recognition, and is sort of getting an Eddie Hearn classic, which is ‘screw the weight classes, let’s find you the biggest payday near your weight class!’
Benn will be fighting ten pounds above his previous welterweight limit, but appears to be taking this fight much more serious, and as he should as he is at a size disadvantage.
The fight is interesting as Eubank Jr., has seemingly failed to live up to his potential, but Benn is also taking such a big risk moving up this could dramatically derail his prospects as a prizefighter forever, not unlike when Kell Brook was badly beaten by Gennadiy Golovkin.
The bout is sold-out already in the U.K., as this will continue the rivalry of Conor Benn vs. Chris Eubank from a generation prior uniting parents and their children together for a cultural event in the U.K. For British fight fans this will be a DAZN PPV, for the U.S. audience it will occur with a regular DAZN subscription.
The fight is interesting, and hopefully gives us some memorable moments.
Olympic gold medalist Galal Yafai will fight for the WBC international flyweight title in only his third fight against Gohan Rodriguez Garcia. Yafai was one of the most exciting fighters from the 2020 Olympics, having stoppage wins, and a lot of knockdowns in his bouts.
Light heavyweight Lyndon Arthur, who holds a win over Anthony Yarde will return on this card.
Undefeated Felix Cash will face fellow unbeaten fighter Connor Coyle in a middleweight contest. Felix Cash is one of the more promising middleweights in the current landscape of boxing, and one of the best U.K. prospect/contenders currently.
Ellie Scotney, an undefeated 130 lbs fighter, will fight for an EBU title.
Former world champion Shannon Courtenay will be in a stay-busy type fight.
Chloe Watson, a female flyweight is an interesting prospect who has turned pro, and been developing with Team GB, as an amateur will face a 40-plus experienced pro in Nancy Franco. Watson feels like she has the look of a social media influencer, her power hasn’t shown up, but if she can fight – she can sell tickets more than likely.
On ProBoxTV.com, former world champion Xu Can, who is known for his high output will return against exciting pressure fighter Brandon Leon Benitez, in a ten-round featherweight bout. Can lost his world title to Leigh Wood last year.
We see the return of heavy-handed Kanat Islam, who lost last year, but is looking to rebound and get in with a top name in the sport.
Olympian Darelle Valsaint will face Paul Mendez, in six-round middleweight bout, as we will see Mendez, who fought a lot on Don Chargin and Paco Damian boxing cards in the early 2010’s back in action, against a young stand-out.
One of the better regional fighters of the best 20 years, heavyweight Joey Dawejko will return in six-round bout against Terrell Jamal Woods. With so many talented heavyweights, Dawejko is probably staying active and waiting on a call to face a talented contender, or maybe even, a few talented contenders.
140 lbs. Daiyaan Butt is a north-eastern fighter who a lot of media in that region have told me to be mindful of. So keep an eye out for him especially with so many notable names at that weight-class.
Former world champion Dennis Hogan will face the always entertaining brawler Sam Eggington in a 12-round bout at 154 lbs division. The fight should be quite fun, despite being on at an odd hour for U.S. fight fans, it will be a fun one that could create a fringe contender in this division.
The brother of Tim Tszyu, Nikita Tszyu will look to improve on his debut performance. Nikita is touted highly as a very good fighter, but will need to improve quite a bit from his pro debut to make it to the world-level.
Paulo Aokuso, an Olympian will be on this card, and he was a beloved fighter, who many were excited about his chances at the Olympics is already a ten-round fighter. He has a very flashy, and exciting style.