Saturday, March 5, 2016
Two of the WBA's minor titles at heavyweight on the line tonight and even though neither are the real champion (Tyson Fury is),give the WBA credit as their new president has realized how silly their three titles are and have begun proceedings that will eventually rid us of all this mess.
In Russia,the WBA "regular" (unrecognized) champion Ruslan Chagaev defends against Australia's Lucas Browne.
The issue here is do you like Chagaev,who hasn't beaten a top 10 opponent in five years and lost to the only one he has fought in Alexander Povetkin or Browne,who is undefeated and is reputed to be a big puncher,but in his 23 wins has faced only one fighter that you have heard from-very faded champion James Toney-who he could not stop.
This one is a hard one to pick....
The WBA "interim" title is on line in Washington as Luis Ortiz comes off his most impressive win in a seven round destruction of Bryant Jennings and battles veteran Tony Thompson.
Thompson has multiple title challenges in the past,but at 44 has lost three of his last five fights and in his last bout dropped a decision to light punching Malik Scott.
To be fair to Ortiz and his promoter (Golden Boy),several fighters turned the bout down and Alexander Dimitrenko accepted before pulling out...
The best fight of the night is also in Washington as talented Sadam Ali faces Jessie Vargas for the WBO welterweight title vacated by Timothy Bradley,who chose huge dollars for his third (yawn) fight with Manny Pacquiao rather than defend against Ali.
Robinson Castellanos takes on Oscar Escandon for the WBC's "interim" featherweight title on an untelevised bout.
I normally hate interim belts,but considering the WBC champ in that division is the perpetually inactive Gary Russell,so it makes sense here.
Showtime has three bouts tonight,but we are only adding one for the challenge as Julian Williams is a heavy favorite against Marcello Matano in a IBF 154 pound division eliminator.
The winner becomes the mandatory challenger for IBF champ Jermall Charlo.
The challenge with R.L.Malpica currently stands at 17-11 in my favor.
Ruslan Chagaev vs Lucas Browne
R.L;Browne Unanimous Decision
TRS:Chagaev Split Decision
Luis Ortiz vs Tony Thompson
R.L;Ortiz KO 4
TRS;Ortiz KO 6
Vacant WBO Welterweight Title.12 rds
Sadam Ali vs Jessie Vargas
R.L:Ali Split Decision
TRS:Ali Unanimous Decision
Robinson Castellanos vs Oscar Escandon
Both:Castellanos Unanimous Decision
Julian Williams vs Marcelo Matano
R.L;Williams KO 7
TRS:Williams KO 4