Saturday, April 22, 2017
I lead Ramon Malpica 41-36 in the challenge to date....
Showtime features two bouts with one determining a mandatory title challenger and a world title bout.
In the main event,WBA and WBC welterweight champion Keith Thurman's next mandatory challenger will be decided as Shawn Porter battles Andre Berto.
This should be a fun fight as both guys come forward and throw punches,even though neither are huge punchers.
Porter is the prohibitive favorite,but Berto should at least make a good go of it and isn't overmatched.
Porter lost a split decision to Keith Thurman in his last bout.
The co-feature has WBC junior middleweight champ Jermell Charlo defending against Charles Hatley.
This too could be interesting with both having faced less than fearsome competition and both have been inactive in waiting for this fight.
Charlo has been off for 11 months and Hatley for 18 months,so inactivity could come into play.
Top Rank is using Pay Per View after failing to get HBO interested in a three bout card that features Top Rank's three young WBO champions.
The best fight and the one that is most likely to provide an upset is WBO featherweight champ Oscar Valdez defending against veteran Miguel Marriaga.
Valdez is talented enough that in a strong featherweight division that few want to fight him and with the other champions being with PBC,Valdez needs to build his brand-Marriaga would be a good start.
The other two are basically squash matches with WBO super middleweight champ Gilberto Ramirez defending against Max Bursak and WBO junior featherweight beltholder Jesse Magdaleno taking on Adeilson Dos Santos.
Any challenge for Ramirez or Magdaleno would be a surprise to me and Top Rank..
Two middleweight fights from Europe finish the challenge for the weekend.
Veteran warhorses Martin Murray and Gabriel Rosado hook it up in what should be a bruising battle that should see both guys throwing and landing lots of punches.
One of those wonderful interim titles are up for grabs as the top contender in the WBO Avtandil Khurtsidze will try to solidify that status in England against hometown fighter Tommy Langford.
The winner not only gets the "coveted" interim title,but more importantly,the next fight for WBO champ Billy Joe Saunders.
Shawn Porter vs Andre Berto
Both:Porter unanimous decision
WBC Junior Middleweight title.12 rds
Jermell Charlo vs Charles Hatley
R.L:Charlo unanimous decision
TRS:Charlo KO 9
WBO Featherweight title.12 rds
Oscar Valdez vs Miguel Marriaga
R.L:Valdez KO 6
TRS:Valdez unanimous decision
WBO Super Middleweight title.12 rds
Gilberto Ramirez vs Max Bursak
R,L: Ramirez KO 7
TRS:Ramirez KO 4
WBO Junior Featherweight title.12 rds
Jesse Magdaleno vs Adeilson Dos Santos
Both:Magdaleno unanimous decision
Martin Murray vs Gabriel Rosado
Both:Murray unanimous decision
Avtandil Khurtsidze vs Tommy Langford
R.L;Langford unanimous decision
TRS:Khurtsidze KO 10