Friday, March 3, 2017
Ramon Malpica currently leads me in the challenge 18-16.
On CBS on Saturday night,WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman will unify his title with the WBC title held by Danny Garcia to create an arguable claim to the top 147 pounder in the world (In the TRS rankings,it is a battle of the 4th and 5th rated in the division).
I have been critical of both Thurman (for overrated power and less than strong opponents) and Garcia (weak opposition over the last three years and getting close decisions that he hasn't always deserved),but I am excited about this bout.
I am always in favor of titles being unified and it's nice to see these two fighting good fighters,but this hype of this being like this generation's Leonard-Hearns seems far too excessive.
This might be a good fight,but I have my doubts about it being an all time classic.
Garcia is more proven against better competition,Thurman has looked better at the weight,so this is a pickem fight,but one thing that cannot be questioned-the winner of this fight will have other bigger fights ahead such as the winner of Kell Brook-Errol Spence.
The winner of this fight against the winner of that fight is a great fight-that winner will be truly the top welterweight in the world...
The undercard is nothing special with promising Erickson Lubin in what is expected to be a squash match against Jorge Cota in a junior middleweight fight and former champion Chad Dawson fighting Andrezj Fonfara in a light heavyweight bout that could mean the end of the line for the loser.
The main challenge of interest other than Thurman-Garcia is the heavyweight bout from England with former heavyweight champion David Haye against current WBC cruiserweight belt holder Tony Bellew.
This bout seems pretty heated and might be fun for a while before Haye overpowers the smaller man.
If you cannot take the shots of Adonis Stevenson at 175,I'm doubtful you can handle David Haye...
WBA-WBC Welterweight title unification .12 rds
Keith Thurman vs Danny Garcia
R.L:Garcia split decision
TRS;Thurman split decision
Junior Middleweight.12 rds
Erickson Lubin vs Jorge Cota
R.L;Lubin unanimous decision
TRS:Lubin KO 5
Light Heavyweights,10 rds
Andrzej Fonfara vs Chad Dawson
R.L;Fonfara unanimous decision
TRS;Fonfara KO 6
David Haye vs Tony Bellew
R.L; Haye KO 4
TRS: Haye KO 6