This last month or so we really have been blessed to be fans of boxing. Getting back to back unification fights and potential fight of the year candidates weekend after weekend. This week was no different With Inoue beating Donaire by decision in an all out war. If you haven’t watched the fight yet then I highly recommend you watch it now as for me at least its the fight of the year so far. I won’t go into to much detail as I’m planning to write a review of the fight and what options Inoue has next and also Donaire. This fight actually happened Thursday instead of at the weekend so I just missed previewing it unfortunately. The way I saw it going was Inoue having his chin tested by Donaires world class left hook before taking over and stopping Donaire in the second half of the fight. This almost happened but Donaire is so tough and has so much heart. On the undercard Inoue’s brother Takuma Inoue challenged Nordine Oubaali for the WBC bantamweight world title where he was soundly beat but did have Oubaali hurt a few times. One of the things I’d like to highlight from this bout is just how horrible of a judge Alejandro Rochin is who turned in a 120-107 scorecard meaning he didn’t give Takuma a single round. He also had a horrible scorecard for the Wilder vs Fury fight and really should be questioned as to how he’s coming up with these scorecards.
On to the fights that haven’t happened yet and unlike last week theres not a huge amount of big time boxing happening this weekend unless you count Logan Paul vs Ksi as a big fight which while it is commercially it isn’t in terms of the best fighting the best or having any meaning on the boxing landscape.
On Thursday night in Arizona , USA Alexander Flores makes his return to the ring after being stopped last December by Joseph Parker. He tops a Roy Jones Jr promotion vs Mario Heredia. Flores is most known for his losses to Joseph Parker and Charles Martin both by ko. Flores currently doesn’t really have any recognizable wins on his resume and if he beats Heredia he will get his first one. Heredia like Flores is most known for his losses to the likes of Filip Hrgovic , George Arias and Jonathan Rice. He recently picked up the best win of his career when he Beat Samuel Peter in a surprising upset. I would like to point out that Peter is absolutely washed up now and is little more than a journeyman to up and coming prospects now I’d personally like to see him retire. Flores should win this in my opinion as long as he uses his superior reach and height to his advantage however if Heredia can get on the inside and rough him up he may be able to pull off another upset.
The next card of interest is on Saturday At York Hall in London , UK. This card has four interesting fights the first being Chantelle Cameron vs Anahi Ester Sanchez in a 10 round contest which is an eliminator for a world title at lightweight in the women’s division. Sanchez is a former champion at super featherweight back in 2016 while Cameron has never challenged for a world title and is still on the come up. I Think Cameron will likely win but this should be a tough fight for her as Sanchez has lots of experience at world level including a recent loss to Jessica McCaskill in a unification bout. I wouldn’t be surprised here If Chantelle loses but gets saved by dodgy scoring personally.
The next fight that is interesting is Micheal Mckinson vs Luis Alberto Veron. Mckinson is a rising welterweight prospect whos managed by MTK Global. I don’t think he’ll get to world level due to his lack of power having only 2 ko’s out of 17 wins however that shouldn’t be a problem here as while Veron has a pretty record of 17-0-2 hes beat no one of note and his last few fights have been draws vs average domestic fights. McKinson should win on points here unless Veron is a hidden talent that no ones heard of. Liam Walsh fights Maxi Hughes for the vacant WBO European light weight title. Liam Walsh is on the comeback after being stopped by Gervonta Davis for the IBF world super featherweight title while Maxi Hughes is a solid domestic fighter whos beaten a few undefeated fighters while losing to the top guys at domestic level. Liam Walsh should win this i’m not sure whether by decision or ko. Danny Dignum fights Conrad Cummings for the vacant WBO. Neither of these fighters are great however I think Dignum should have enough to beat Cumming’s by decision. Daniel Egbunike fights Billy Allington for the vacant super light weight southern area title. I think Egbunike will win either on points or a late ko as he does carry some power while Allington has no ko’s in his fights. If you want to look at the rest of the undercard its mostly prospects fighting Journeymen but I’ll link it here. https://boxrec.com/en/event/795302
The first big card out of America this weekend is Jamel Herring vs Lamont Roach for the WBO super featherweight title. This is Herring’s first defense in which he’s fighting his mandatory challenger in Roach. Herring is a solid all round fighter who is also a former marine and an all round great guy who I’m happy took his chance to become a world champ. Lamont Roach is also a solid fighter but for me hasn’t been tested like Herring has and I also think that Herring is currently in the prime of his career while Roach hasn’t got there yet. Therefore my prediction will be Herring to win on points. Kubrat Pulev also returns on the card facing Rydell Booker in a keep busy fight while he waits for his world title shot next year. He should win quite comfortably. Janibek Alimkhanuly the former standout amateur contines making his way towards a world title by fighting Albert Onolunose who at 39 is past his best. I expect Janibek to win by stoppage here and add a few new ranking belts to his collection. Amir Imam fights for the first time in more than a year after his unsuccessful challenge to win the WBC Super light weight title vs Jose Carlos Ramirez. The guy he’s fighting now is Marcos Mojica who while having a nice record of 16-4 has been stopped against all top competition he’s faced and I expect the same to happen here again. Watch out for Imam in the future as if he gets it all together he could end up winning a title. Also of interest in this card is the second fight of Robeisy Ramirez the two time gold medalist from Cuba who suffered a shock defeat in his pro debut this year. It’ll be interesting to see how he bounces back. Esquiva Falcao a 2012 silver medalist also fights on the card, hes now 24-0 and after this fight I’d really like Top Rank to start stepping up the competition and promoting him well to see if he can mix it up at the top.
The other card coming from America this week and the card that will have the most eyes watching is KSI vs Logan Paul 2. Before I get to the main event I’ll go through the undercard which if I’m honest is a little disappointing. Billy Joe Saunders makes the first defense of his WBO Super Middleweight title vs Marcelo Esteban Coceres who before this fight had never fought outside of Argentina. Coincidentally no one outside of Argentina had heard of him. Billy Joe should win this comfortably as Marcelo hasn’t fought any where near the competition that Saunders has and really shouldn’t be going from his level of competition to fighting for a world title. I’m actually rooting for Marcelo in this one because he’s clearly been picked as a guy with a shiny record (28-0-1) who Billy Joe can KO to look good in front of a massive audience. If Marcelo wins this and theres no rematch clause Canelo will likely fight him to try and get a legitimate world title at 168 in what will be percieved as a very easy touch. Devin Haney fights and defends his “world Title” which he got via an email vs Alfredo Santiago Alvarez who credit to him is a decent fighter who’s taken this on short notice when he hasn’t faced the competition needed to beat Haney who is one of the worlds top prospects. Hopefully he puts in a good showing as no matter what happens on Saturday his stock will go up. Ronny Rios fights Hugo Berrio over 12 rounds in what for me could be the best fight of the card. Both are on good runs right now with Rios beating Diego De La Hoya who before Rios beat him was 21-0. That win saved his career and if he wins this fight could elevate him very close to a title shot. Berrio meanwhile hasn’t lost in two years and his last loss was a majority one in Russia where he was the B side so he may have been robbed there. This should be an exciting fight however I think Rios should win here by either points or late stoppage. Elsewhere on the card prospects Diego Pacheco, Reshad Mati, Alexis Espino and Nikita Ababiy all fight in 4 or 6 rounders to keep gaining experience almost all of them currently have under a years experience in the pro ranks and are quite young so expect them to be moved slowly over the next few years. On to the main event then…. KSI vs Logan Paul is not something that I thought would be headlining a professional boxing card in 2019 but here we are. A lot of people have aren’t happy that their headlining over champions like Billy Joe Saunders but I personally don’t have a problem with it as it will bring more eyes to boxing which is always good for the sport. I also won’t get offended on the boxers behalf if they don’t mind fighting on the undercard of these two youtubers then I won’t be getting offended for them. Don’t get me wrong this is only happening because of how much money it will bring in the people promoting weren’t thinking of helping the sport when they agreed to promote this , no they were thinking of how much this would line their pockets. Anyway for what its worth the build up has been entertaining and If you don’t want to watch it then you don’t have to. I personally won’t be watching because It’s a 10 pound ppv here and I don’t think this card is worth that. I also don’t have a prediction for this fight apart from mayhem.
Thank you for reading my weekly boxing write up, if it doesn’t make too much sense this week then its because I’ve felt a bit ill while writing this and my heads not all there lol. The next preview will be up next Thursday and also a review of the Noninto Donaire vs Naoya Inoue fight. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time.