This weeks boxing starts on a Thursday with a Golden Boy card in California. Jason Quigley headlines the show vs Fernando Marin over 10 rounds. Quigley will be looking to get his second win since his loss to Tureano Johnson where as a heavy betting favorite he was retired by his corner after sustaining too much damage. Quigley should win this by KO seeing as Marin is moving up a weight and is actually coming off a KO loss himself. Whats more interesting about this situation is that Quigley has been given two fights since he lost to Johnson but the man who beat him hasn’t been able to get any fights since. It’s also a bit surprising that Golden Boy are giving Quigley relatively easy fights as normally they match their guys up pretty hard and you either make it or don’t. Quigley for some reason isn’t getting that treatment and i’m not sure why, He’s 28 so hes not a young fighter that they are investing in and hes also not an extreme talent that had a bad night. The biggest fight I can see him getting at middleweight right now is a Munguia fight or perhaps a title shot vs Andrade if hes lucky and gets picked because Andrade doesn’t have anyone to fight.
Ferdinand Kerobyan returns on the under card in an 8 round fight vs Azael Cosio. Kerobyan’s most notable fight was a 50/50 contest with Blair Cobbs where while he lost it was at least competitive something this fight won’t be. Hes only 22 so I know hes getting experience but you do wonder how a fight against someone that hasn’t fought for over a year and hasn’t won since 2017 is helping him. Kerobyan should win by stoppage here.
Also on the under card is Mihai Nistor a heavyweight most known for knocking Joshua out in the amateurs. This is only his second fight but he shouldn’t be fighting a guy that once fought at 154 pounds no matter what fight it is. I’m still interested to watch and see where his career goes because hes a shorter heavyweight who brawls and I think that could bring a nice bit of freshness to the division. Gregory Morales takes a step up in competition on this card however the 19 year old shouldn’t struggle vs Giovanni Delgado because Delgado gets knocked out by almost every good prospect he faces.
The next fight i’m interested in is Caleb Truax vs David Basajjamivule. Now i’m not particularly interested in the match up itself but more about how Caleb Truax looks. Truax’s big moment in his career so far was becoming world champion by beating James Degale and I presume he wants to reach those heights again. I personally think he might struggle to get there but theres still some fun fights that he could be in versus the likes of Anthony Sims Jr, Bektemir Melikuziev , David Lemieux and Rocky Fielding. Truax should win this fight without too much difficulty as his opponent hasn’t fought in over 2 years which seems to be a trend this weekend.
The next two fights i’m interested in take place on a Eye of the Tiger management card in Montreal, Canada. This show is headlined by Batyrzhan Jukembayev vs Ricardo Lara over 10 rounds. Jukembayev has been stepping up in competition in the last year and a half and he has another solid opponent in front of him here. Lara will try to make the fight competitive but I think Jukembayev’s superior boxing skills will get him the win inside the distance. I’m hoping that they can get Jukembayev a good name next such as Ismael Barroso who himself recently upset a top Canadian prospect so the fight would make a lot of sense. The other fight i’m interested in is purely because of the guys nickname of Kung Fu Panda. Adam Dyczka is 1-0 as a heavyweight and hasn’t done anything yet but I’ll be following his career because it would entertain me to see someone with that name win a title.
Also on Saturday one of the best 154 pound prospects in the world returns on a card in Germany. Abass Baraou fights Abraham Juarez in a 10 round non title fight to kick off his 2020. Now I think Baraou is an excellent fighter and he’s being moved decently quickly however I would like to start seeing him in with a few notable names in the division this year as I think hes more than capable. Juarez isn’t on his level and that will show when Baraou stops him in round 7 or 8.
The last card of the weekend and also the biggest is Danny Garcia vs Ivan Redkach. This is one of those fights which you just don’t see coming if i’m honest, Redkach has had one fight at Welterweight and hes not a big name moving up so i’m surprised hes been picked to headline with Garcia. On the time available I guess this fight isn’t horrible as Garcia was rumored to fight Spence next but that fight didn’t happen because of Spence’s car crash. I don’t blame Garcia for taking an easier fight if hes been promised a Spence or Pacquiao fight next though I will complain uselessly about how noncompetitive the fight will be.
The best fight on this card is Stephen Fulton vs Arnold Khegai though its going under the radar a bit because neither are big names. This is a WBO 122 pound eliminator which will mean the winner will face Emanuel Navarrete at some point in the future. I’m not sure either are ready for Navarrete however I think Fulton would put up the better fight I also think he wins in impressive fashion in this fight, likely a late stoppage.
Outside of those two fights Jarrett Hurd returns in a tune up before presumably fighting a big name though his plans for a rematch with Williams have gone out the picture now that Williams has lost himself. The other fighter on this card who i’m interested in is Lorenzo Simpson who looks like he could be a top prospect.
I hope that you enjoy the fights this weekend and that all the boxers get through their fights safely without harm. I’ll be here with another preview next Thursday of the weeks boxing schedule where we get Makabu fighting for a title(I thought it was this week but boxrec clearly lied) and also the big card from Miami.