I’m a day late but luckily no big shows happened on Thursday apart from one in Japan where Ryoji Fukunaga upset Froilan Saludar to get the biggest win of his career. Theres not a huge amount of cards on this week but theres still some boxing to get excited about.
The first card i’m curious about takes place tonight in California, USA where Ryan Garcia looks to establish himself as a headline act against the tough Francisco Fonseca. Ryan Garcia if he keeps on winning could be one of the new stars of the sport but its yet to be seen if he can compete against the top names to really earn that super star status. Fonseca is a step in the right direction as hes fought both Gervonta Davis and Tevin Farmer as well as having a good performance against Alex Dilmaghani where many thought he deserved better than a draw. Fonseca is moving up a division so it’ll be interesting to see how he deals with the added weight. I think the major factor in this fight is going to be the difference in speed between the two. Garcia has fast hands while Fonseca is more of a plodding workhorse where he might not be fast but he won’t stop throwing and he’ll get to you eventually. Fonseca is tough but I think the ref will step in somewhere in the second half of the fight after Fonseca takes too much punishment.
On the under card Jorge Linares fights Carlos Morales over 12 rounds where if he wins its expected him and Garcia will fight next. I don’t think stalling this match up was a great idea as while Linares is a good fighter hes also a bit washed up and his chin has never been great. Morales always comes to fight and if he can connect flush with Linares he can win this fight. If he doesn’t its likely he gets out boxed and we see Linares and Garcia face off in the summer which would be a great fight and a good test to tell if Garcia is ready for the top yet.
Also on the under card rising welterweight prospect Alexis Rocha fights Brad Solomon in a good step up fight. Solomon was last seen fighting Vergil Ortiz Jr where he was stopped in five rounds by what some see as the best prospect in the welter weight division. I think Rocha will impress here but Solomon should be able to get to the second half of the fight and enjoy some success. Bektemir Melikuziev fights in his 5th pro outing vs over matched Oscar Cortes. Bektemir was supposed to fight a good opponent in Marco Antonio Periban but he was unfortunately hospitalised yesterday. I hope he recovers from whatever’s affecting him and perhaps retires at this point in his career. Cortes doesn’t have much of a chance in this fight considering how good Bektemir is and I expect it to end within two rounds.
The final notable fight on this card is Blair Cobbs vs Samuel Kotey Neequaye. Blair Cobbs is very entertaining and while hes not the best fighter hes must see TV and we should enjoy watching him for however long his career is. I don’t expect him to win a world title but hes a good character and the sport needs more like him.
The next card i’m interested in takes place in Philadelphia where multiple prospects fight each other in good 50/50 fights. I haven’t watched any of them before but ShowBox the people broadcasting the event always put on entertaining cards so its worth checking out if you can. Thomas Mattice takes on Isaac Cruz Gonzalez in a fight between once beaten prospects. Montana Love and Jerrico Walton face off where somes 0 has to go unless of course theres a draw. Raeese Aleem takes on Adam Lopez in whats a good crossroads fight. if Lopez loses he probably retires and if Aleem loses then it’ll be hard for him to reach the top of the sport. The final 50/50 is between Derrick Coleman Jr and Joseph Jackson where neither has been really tested in their career so it’ll be interesting to see how they do under pressure.
The final fight i’m interested in this weekend is Caleb Plant vs Vincent Feigenbutz for Plants IBF Super middleweight title. Plant is making his second defense of his title and this is one hes expected to win in front of his hometown fans. Feigenbutz is only 24 but has already amassed a record of 31-2. None of its been against someone as good as Plant however and we’ve seen him lose to people worse than Plant. I expect Feigenbutz to come forward and have a little success before Plant boxes his way to a late stoppage or points victory.
As always I hope that you enjoy this weeks boxing and that all the fighters get home safely. I’ll be back for my preview next Thursday where I look towards one of the biggest fights of the year in Wilder vs Fury 2.