A Double Trilogy Week – Boxing Schedule Dec.2-3, 2022
Juan Francisco Estrada will conclude his trilogy with Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez to figure out who is the best super flyweight of this era. If we’re being factual both guys are past their prime, but both are legends, technical and exciting.
My gut feeling is that Gonzalez is the fighter who has more left in the tank, as Estrada looked shaky against Argi Cortes in his comeback fight in September which was a very competitive fight.
Chocolatito is a living legend, one who brought back the lower-weight fighters to getting major paydays during the final days of HBO, and despite having highs and lows, in his career, one could say Gonzalez is as good as he has ever been as professional after outclassing Julio Cesar Martinez, in his last outing.
The bout serves as the end of an era, as a capstone to two of the best super flyweights ever. I wouldn’t be shocked if Chocolatito retired if he were to win this fight, and I somewhat expect Gonzalez to look as good as ever in this bout.
A criminally underrated bout, but one hardcore fight fans will be tuned into.
WBC flyweight champion Julio Cesar Martinez was embarrassed at the hands of Roman Gonzalez earlier this year and will return against undefeated Samuel Carmona in the co-feature. Carmona is a good fighter, one to not be taken lightly, but the bigger issue is Martinez, might have some lingering effects mentally from the one-sided loss to Gonzalez earlier this year.
An interesting fight will see undefeated Joselito Velazquez face a relative of “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, Cristofer Rosales, who also is a former world champion, fighting. Velazquez will be stepping up in a major way in this fight which will tell us a lot about his future in the division.
Diego Pacheco will face Adrian Luna in a super middleweight bout, as Pacheco is looking like the most vibrant prospect in Matchroom Boxing stable. Luna is tough as he fought Vyacheslav Shabranskyy to a draw on a club show, and has mostly fought at 175 lbs. Pacheco is consistently improving over a short period of time, and this is a fight that could see him getting in the mix to call out a marquee fighter.
Austin “Ammo” Williams is scheduled to face Simon Madsen, in a ten-round middleweight contest. Williams has been rumored to possibly be in the conversation to face big-name fighters in the U.K., like Felix Cash, so a win here could set up for a big 2023. Madsen is currently undefeated but has faced mostly regional-level talent.
Marc Castro will face Maickol Lopez in an eight-round fight. I see Castro as a potential future centerpiece of Matchroom Boxing, and this is the perfect type of opponent for Castro to display in ring fight IQ and exciting style. Castro is now an
Featherweight Anthony Herrera will fight on the undercard, as well as Olympic silver medalist Beatriz Ferreira will fight for her second time as a professional.
Tyson Fury will face Dereck Chisora for the third time, and his second trilogy fight in a little over a year. The bad news. Fury has beaten Chisora twice, and this bout will prove even more uncompetitive on paper, as Fury is one of the five best fighters in the world, and Chisora is more so an attraction than a top-10 heavyweight. That said Chisora has more left than Dillian Whyte but is closer to Whyte than he is to Fury.
The fight is notable for one reason – Tyson Fury. Fury is one of the best fighters in the world, and any bout he is in matters because he is the marquee heavyweight of this generation.
Fury will conclude his 2022, which was surprisingly active. This gives fans of Fury another chance to see him in the ring.
One of the better British heavyweights Daniel Dubois will face undefeated Kevin Lerena for whatever version of Dubois secondary WBA heavyweight title he holds. Dubois won the belt by stopping Trevor Bryan earlier this year. Dubois appears to be solid, but his loss to Joe Joyce, also questions how far he can go.
Yvan Mendy will face former Olympian Denys Berinchyk. This fight might not matter to many, but Berinchyk, though older is a dark horse in the lightweight division. Berinchyk shares the same promoter as Oleksandr Usyk and has the possibility of being a major spoiler in the division.
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A very good cruiserweight bout between Brandon Glanton and David Light will see two top-ten cruiserweight battle for what should lead to a mandatory position for the WBO cruiserweight world title. WBO cruiserweight world champion Lawrence Okolie currently has issues at the moment, so we will see how this plays out.
Marques Valle, a power puncher in the 154 lbs division, who has gone seven rounds in just six fights is looking to continue his streak, and the brother of Keyshawn Davis, Kelvin Davis will be featured on this card as well.
Kim Clavel will unify the women’s junior flyweight titles as she faces Jessica Nery Plata.
Mazlum Akdeniz will face the always-dangerous Samuel Teah, in a 140 lbs bout.
Marie Pier Houle is back in action, she made headlines last year when her opponent tragically passed.
Troy Williamson will face Josh Kelly, as Williamson looks to defend his British junior middleweight title against the former prospect. Kelly needs to win this to keep his spot in the sport, as his loss to David Avanesyan was a crushing defeat.
Randomly John Riel Casimero will fight this weekend, and even more, random, Jhonny Gonzalez is back in action as well.
MMA in 500 Words Or Less
The UFC returns this weekend with Stephen Thompson taking on Kevin Holland in the main event, the co-feature will see Tai Tuivasa vs. Sergei Pavlovich in a battle of heavyweight sluggers. Other notable bouts include former champ, Rafael dos Anjos vs. Bryan Barberena, Angela Hill vs. Emily Ducote, Clay Guida vs. Scott Holtzman, Michael Johnson vs. Marc Diakiese, and Darren Elkins vs. Jonathan Pearce