Hello everyone. Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving feast yesterday. I just joke up from an extended slumber myself so I’ll be getting this out a little late, but I don’t expect that to be much of a problem as we are all on our Friday-after-Thanksgiving schedules.
Safe to say this weekend we’ll probably all be heating up leftovers and lining up some TV or Netflix. Why not fit a little boxing into your weekend? If you choose to, I’m here to let you know whats going on.
So the big fight of the weekend is Saturday night. A fight between Sergey Kovalev and Vyacheslav Sharbranskyy. I’ll refer to him as “Slava” from now on, because that’s what he goes by at the gym and if I were to write his given name a few more times there’s still no chance you’re going to remember him. Slava is easy though. Slava is another one of these guys who is trained by Manny Robles here in LA, that’s why I’ve had the opportunity to see him train and have seen him spar and all that.
He’s a Golden Boy promoted Ukrainian import with only one loss to Sullivan Barrera. The only problem …he’s fighting Sergey Kovalev. I think Slava is a good fighter but I don’t think he’s ready for Kovalev. Sergey “The Krusher” Kovalev is a mean man.
But some people think, if ever, now’s the time. After seeing him take more of a lick in his last fight than he has ever had to take in his career. Although his last fight against Andre Ward was controversial in it’s ending (some low blows) and people may contest whether calling the fight when he did was a mistake by referee Tony Weeks was a mistake, it is a fact that that was the most punishment we have ever seen Kovalev take.
The Rest of the Card…
At New York(HBO):
- Sergey Kovalev vs. Vyacheslav Sharbranskyy, 12 rounds, for vacant WBO light heavyweight title
- Sullivan Barrera vs. Felix Valera, 10 rounds, light heavyweights
- Jason Sosa vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa, 10 rounds, junior lightweights
No fights on TV Friday night. But heads up next week there are some #FREETV fights on ESPN2. Thursday Nov. 30th on ESPN2. Check it out.
Now Manny Pacquaio has followed Oscar De La Hoya’s move and also called out Conor McGregor on Thanksgiving via tweet.
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) November 23, 2017
side note: nicest call out ever
This whole thing is just sad. Boxers wanting a payday the size of the last. It’s just sad to see them lean on an MMA star to do that when they haven’t put in the leg work of heel vs heel promotion that May-Mac had been doing for months. Wouldn’t be able to replicate those numbers anyway.
Stay tuned for coverage of Miguel Cotto vs. Sadam Ali in next week’s Boxing TL;DR before they face off on December 2nd!