Last week I told you Bud Crawford simply couldn’t lose. I was right. But it wasn’t satisfying.
Amir Khan quit, plain and simple. Some people might say that Khan had reached the point where he realized he had no answer and there was nothing to be gained, and I guess those people are correct.
But my biggest problem is that was $70 PPV.
Ok Khan, I get it you quit, fine, you never deserve to get another PPV pay day again. On the other card from last week, Danny Garcia looked scary good against Adrian Granados. Andy Ruiz Jr. beat that bigger Russian I talked about. Some chatter in the last week in trying to get Ruiz as the replacement opponent to face Anthony Joshua after Big Baby Miller got his license taken away. We’ll see.
There are actually quite a few fight cards to catch this weekend but first I’d like to highlight a few of my friends that will be fighting on one of the big cards offered this weekend.
April 27: Las Vegas (Showtime)
- Robert Easter Jr. vs. Rances Barthelemy, 12 rounds, for vacant WBA “regular” lightweight title
- Viktor Postol vs. Mohamed Mimoune, 12 rounds, WBC junior welterweight eliminator
- Yovani Rodarte vs. Clay Burns, 6 rounds, lightweights
- Flavio Rodriguez vs. Gaku Takahashi, 6 rounds, junior middleweights
While I don’t think either fighter’s bout will make it on the TV portion of the card on Saturday, these still are big time opportunities for them to shine in front of a Las Vegas crowd on the card of a big time promoter, PBC. Wins + impressive performances could be a catalyst for either of them that would lend into future PBC shows and deals. Unfortunately, we won’t catch their bouts on Showtime, but live from inside that ring it will be just as big of an atmosphere for these guys. Follow along to each of them on IG at @f_rod48 and @yovanirodarte
If you were savvy and signed up for the DAZN streaming services you got 3 different broadcasts to choose from this week. Here are the best two imo.
April 26: Inglewood, Calif. (DAZN)
- Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada, rematch, 12 rounds, for Sor Rungvisai’s WBC junior bantamweight title
- Daniel Roman vs. TJ Doheny, 12 rounds, WBA/IBF junior featherweight unification
- Jessie Vargas vs. Humberto Soto, 10 rounds, junior middleweights
Rungvisai was the guy who beat Chocolatito. I don’t expect you to remember his name, it’s a hard name, he also goes by another equally hard name something with some Ws in it…
Daniel Roman is a Southern California kid who is the only world champion in my extended circle. I know some guys on his team, good people. TJ Doheny, an Irish guy who trains in both Austrailia and Boston is another guy from kind of my internet circle lets say and I’ve been watching him for a long time. I’m going to have to root for Daniel on this one. LA kid doing big things, closer reason to root for him. +TJ and Tyrone McCullagh were caught up in come hilarious Irish Twitter/IG beef a few months back and I have to say I was taking Tyrone’s side 😂.
Jessie Vargas has been a big name, had some big fights. I was a little surprised at the opponent. Humberto Soto is an old Legend, but I didn’t think this was the look anyone was expecting. Also shout out to Soto on the @boxingtldr IG this week.
For Saturday catch THIS ONE and ignore the ESPN+ broadcast
April 27: Lafayette, La. (DAZN)
- Kiryl Relikh vs. Regis Prograis, 12 rounds, for Relikh’s WBA junior welterweight title, World Boxing Super Series semifinals
- Nonito Donaire vs. Stephon Young, 12 rounds, for Donaire’s WBA bantamweight title, World Boxing Super Series semifinals
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