Friday, June 24, 2016
Saturday afternoon from London,Anthony Joshua makes his first defense of his IBF heavyweight title against American (and PBC) Dominic Breazeale.
Breazeale is tailor-made for the power hitting Brit as in his last two won an undeserved decision over Fred Kassi and was dropped and losing before Amir Mansour was forced to surrender due to a broken jaw.
Still,seeing Joshua fight is always fun and this should be spectacular.
The fight can be seen live on Showtime at 5:00.
No word on if the co-feature will be televised,but it should be a good one as two near-champions face off in an all-UK 168 pound title eliminator as George Groves meets Martin Murray.
Groves lost to Carl Froch in two title shots before a split decision loss to Badou Jack,while Murray drew with Felix Sturm (I had Murray a clear winner),a close loss to Sergio Martinez (dropped Martinez,I had Martinez ahead by a point),gave Gennady Golovkin his toughest bout before being stopped and lost a split nod to Arthur Abraham.
I'm hoping Showtime has it,but I have no idea if they will....
On CBS,the WBA welterweight title is on the line as Keith Thurman defends against Shawn Porter.
The undefeated Thurman,who I have been critical of in the past,against the once beaten former IBF champ is one of the better fights that can be made in the division.
Thurman,who's nickname is a deceiving "One Time" will likely box more in this one against the pressure of Porter.
The undercard features a junior middleweight battle between Jarrett Hurd and Oscar Molina as a late replacement for a better featherweight bout between Jesus Cuellar and Abner Mares,when Mares could not pass the vision part of the standard physical.
I lead R.L.Malpica 73-60.
WBA Welterweight title.12 rds
Keith Thurman vs Shawn Porter
R.L:Porter split winner
TRS:Porter unanimous winner
Jarrett Hurd vs Oscar Molina
Both:Hurd unanimous winner
IBF Heavyweight title.12 rds
Anthony Joshua vs Dominic Breazeale
R.L:Joshua KO 3
TRS:Joshua KO 2
Super Middleweights.12 rds
George Groves vs Martin Murray
R.L:Murray unanimous winner
TRS;Murray split winner