This week i’m going to do the preview a little differently I won’t be going through entire cards but picking out the fights or fighters I think are worth keeping an eye on this weekend.
To start this off we go to New York where O’Shaquie Foster fights Alberto Mercado over 10 rounds for a minor WBC belt. Foster impressed in his last fight by out classing and then delivering a stunning one punch knockout of Jesus Bravo who at the time was 19-1-1. Foster is a fighter who after having a few troubles earlier in his career is now back on track and is making a run at a world title shot. Imo he has the ability to be a top contender at super featherweight as the division isn’t hugely stacked past the top 10 and the champions will be wanting decent opponents for voluntary’s. I think he beats Mercado this weekend whos no push over with a record of 16-3-1 however the only champion I really see him beating is Jamel Herring who I think is currently the most vulnerable of all the super feather champions. If he catches Tevin Farmer clean then he could likely beat him as well I think Berchelt stops him and Santa Cruz takes a decision. He’s still a good fighter that can improve and win a title however.
The next fight that I recommend watching is Arslanbek Makmudov vs Samuel Peter. This fight is over 10 rounds and really should be very one sided however the reason that you should try and watch it is because Makmudov is one of the best prospects in the heavyweight division. I really think that he has a good chance of becoming heavyweight champ over the next four years and its always enjoyable to watch big punching heavyweights which he is. I’d call this a passing of the torch but Peter’s been passing the torch to these younger heavyweights for a few years now and he’s not been bothered about who he’s giving them to , whether their average fighters or in the case of Heredia who he lost too quite bad fighters. Peter is well past his best and is now just brought in to fight prospects or as a tune up purely because he still has a name in the division from all those years ago. I think Makmudov stops him early and then goes into a big 2020 where more fans will start to recognise him as a threat to the division.
The next fighter who I think is a must watch and also the best super bantamweight on the planet is Emanuel Navarrete. He’s defending his world title vs Francisco Horta who shouldn’t pose much of a problem for Navarrete but its worth watching because Navarrete has an exciting style and almost always knocks out his opponent and I expect nothing different this fight. He’s currently one of my favourite fighters due to how much he fights and that you don’t have to watch him labour to a decision vs lesser oppostion because “he couldn’t get up for it” which I see lots of fighters do and say at the moment.
A quick one next Jermall Charlo fights Dennis Hogan over 12 for his WBC middleweight title. I’m not super excited about this because Hogan is moving up a weight class however he did arguably beat Munguia so this could end up being a decent fight for what on paper should be a mismatch. The other fight on this card is Chris Eubank Jr vs Matvey Korobov over 12 for some stupid WBA belt. Eubank should be more active than he is and be a bigger star really but he and his father are notoriously difficult to work with so most big promoters shy away from signing him. He has a chance here to get perhaps the best win of his career and then set up a fight with Jermall Charlo who is also on the card. Korobov is a good fighter who could potentially out box Eubank if he still has enough left at 36. I wasn’t extremely impressed with his last performance and I think Eubank could potentially stop him late in the fight when those years catch up to him.
The final fight is obviously Ruiz vs Joshua. I’m not going to write to much about this on the preview because I plan on writing that card its own piece. If you can only watch one fight this weekend watch this one. Theres huge amounts at stake and its the biggest fight of the year for almost all of the world heavyweight titles.
As I say every week I hope you enjoy the fights and all the fighters get home safely to their families. I’ll be here next week previewing another good crop of fights and choosing which ones I think are most worth watching. Until then enjoy the fights and stay safe!