The first card that i’m interested in this week takes place in the USA headlined by Williams vs Rosario. This is a homecoming fight for Williams and also marks his first defence of his world titles since his shock win against Jarret Hurd. Rosario is a good fighter who has a few good names on his resume but he hasn’t looked good enough in those fights to beat Williams in my opinion. Williams is one of the most improved fighters in the sport and I think he can be the main guy at 154 for a long time if he wants too.
On the undercard Chris Colbert fights Jezzrel Corrales in a fight which should be the most competitive on the card. Corrales is a former world champion and while he’s not looked as good recently this is still a massive jump up in competition for Colbert. I’ve been impressed with Colbert so far in his career and I think this fight may be a case of good timing for him. My pick is Colbert by decision perhaps controversially if Corrales can find some of his old form.
On friday in the USA a showtime card is headlined by Shohjahon Ergashev vs Adrian Estella. Ergashev is a rising contender in the 140 pound division and also carries some serious power. He’s 28 now though and really needs to get a title shot either this year or 2021 otherwise he may miss out on being in his prime when hes a world champion. Estrella is a decent fighter who has caused upsets before however I don’t see him beating Ergashev who I don’t think will lose before he gets a title shot. Theres a lot of big players at 140 right now however if his promoters wait 6 months to a year I think a lot of them will move up a division and free up the belts which will give Ergashev an opportunity to fight for a title.
On the under card Vladimir Shishkin fights Ulises Sierra over 10 rounds in what should be a quite one sided fight. Shishkin was a very good amateur and looks to be a force as a pro. I don’t think Sierra has the experience to beat or even get through the 10 rounds vs Shishkin. Sierra has likely taken the fight because he isn’t getting a huge amount of opportunities because most promoters don’t see him as a prospect and he’s finally decided to be an opponent and try and get towards a title that way. This is always harder and I hope it works out for him even though I doubt it will on friday. Jarcio O’Quinn takes another step up when he fights Oscar Vasquez. Quinn should win this though some rounds could be competitive which is what is needed in Quinn’s career at this stage.
Brandun Lee ,Alejandro Guerrero ,Brian Norman Jr and Gunnar Kolbeinn Kristinsson all fight in developmental fights on the under card. Gunnar is interesting because hes a heavyweight from Iceland which is a country where you very rarely see boxers from and Brandun lee has a record of 17-0 with 15 knockouts at the age of 20.
The last card that i’m interested in this weekend is Eleider Alvarez vs Michael Seals. Alvarez is a former champion who knocked out Kovalev but was then beaten by Kovalev in the rematch which not many expected. He’s been out of the ring for almost a year now and didn’t look great in his last fight which could be a sign that hes achieved everything hes wanted to in boxing and is thinking about retirement. Seals has never won a title but has been much more active than Alvarez and also has devastating power which can always turn the tide in a fight. Alvarez should on paper win this fight but I think Seals may catch a rusty Alvarez and score the upset KO in this Top Rank main event.
On the under card Felix Verdejo fights Manuel Rey Rojas over 10 rounds. Verdejo was highly rated by many as a prospect but after his knockout loss a few years ago many have written him off. Hes still only 26 and many fighters have lost before winning a title and just because a fighter loses doesn’t mean their career is done. I think Verdejo beats Rojas and continues on his path towards a title and also a path to proving a lot of people wrong.
As always I hope you enjoy this weekends boxing (of which there is a lot) and that all the fighters get through their fights safely and without any serious harm. I’ll also be back like usual next week doing my preview of the weeks boxing which includes Illunga Makabu getting his deserved title shot at the WBC cruiserweight world title!