Thursday, August 24, 2017

"Huge" Weekend for Boxing

Well "fight" fans, we are officially on the home stretch to the spectacle that has overshadowed the great fights of the year, as well as those on the horizon, Mayweather vs. McGregor... If you plan on purchasing the pay-per-view, then you are in for a solid undercard of boxing, and a main event that will bring together the worlds of boxing and MMA for the first (and probably not the last) time in history. If you are going to tune into this mega circus, that means that you are going to miss a great card on HBO.

The HBO card features future Boxing Hall of Famer, Miguel Cotto (40-5) in what is being billed as his final bout against Japanese star, Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-3-2), for the vacant WBO World Super Welterweight Title. Unfortunately, this competitive matchup will hurt in the viewership department due to poor scheduling by the Cotto camp and HBO. It is important to note that Cotto went on the record recently to say that he never considered moving this fight to appease Floyd Mayweather. The Cotto vs. Kamegai card also features a very exciting matchup between Rey Vargas (29-0) and Ronny Rios (28-1) for the WBC World Super Bantamweight Title.  

Now back to the Mayweather vs. McGregor circus' card... The seven-bout card kicks off with three non-televised preliminary bouts, one of which is a bout between two women making their professional debuts. The main card starts at 9 PM EST, and features three title fights that include familiar names from the world of boxing. The bout I am most looking forward to is the WBA Light Heavyweight Title fight between Nathan Cleverly and Badou Jack. Cleverly is coming off of a October 1, 2016 RTD victory over Juergen Braehmer. Jack most recently fought to a MD draw against James DeGale in January. The undercard also features Mayweather Promotions' rising star, Gervonta Davis, and 41-year-old former world champion, Steve Cunningham. I highly recommend tuning in for the undercard, because the fights will likely blow away the main event! 

Below is the breakdown of the full Mayweather vs. McGregor card: 

Preliminary Card - 

Juan Heraldez (12-0) vs. Jose Miguel Borrego (13-0) - Welterweights

Kevin Newman (7-0-1) vs. Antonio Hernandez (9-1) - Super Middleweights

Savannah Marshall (Pro Debut) vs. Amy Coleman (Pro Debut) - Women's Super Middleweights

Main Card - 

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0) vs. Conor McGregor (Pro Debut), Light Middleweights

Gervonta Davis (18-0) vs. Francisco Fonseca (19-0-1), IBF Super Featherweight Title

Nathan Cleverly (30-3) vs. Badou Jack (21-1-2), WBA Light Heavyweight Title

Andrew Tabiti (14-0) vs. Steve Cunningham (29-8-1), USBA Cruiserweight Title


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