Errol Spence Jr. impressed last week against Lamont Peterson last week. I really enjoy watching his style of fighting. Seeing him both work from the outside and change the distance to bang uppercuts to the inside of the body and again behind the elbow when his opponent gives him the chance. It’s a good pace and it’s a fun game plan to watch play out.
The IBF, the sanctioning body that runs the belt that Spence holds, has ordered Spence to fight Carlos Ocampo next. Ocampo is a 22-0 welterweight from Ensenada, Mexico and has never fought in the United States. I had never heard of him either and had to look him up when i heard of the announcement. I don’t know anything about the kid but we shall see.
Spence says he wants to fight Keith Thurman later in the year after he’s fulfilled the mandatory set by the IBF. Keith Thurman vs. Errol Spence Jr. is a fight that the boxing world needs and fans have been asking for it, so it’s exciting to hear that it will be here soon.
The return of Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse…
At the Forum (I wish I could go, but I already had tickets to see the Adolesents and Mike Watt play at my favorite bar in Long Beach, so nope I won’t be going :/)
At Inglewood, Calif. (HBO):
- Lucas Matthysse vs. Tewa Kiram, 12 rounds, for vacant WBA “regular” welterweight title
- Jorge Linares vs. Mercito Gesta, 12 rounds, for Linares’ WBA lightweight title
- Ferdinand Kerobyan vs. Lucius Johnson, 6 rounds, junior middleweights
Don’t pay too much attention to that “WBA ‘regular’ welterweight title” part, that’s pretty much a joke at this point. And it’s a vacant right now anyway, so as far as a title goes it mean’s a lot less right now. Just happy to the the machine back in action. I don’t know much about the Tewa Kiram from Thailand but he’s 38-0 so I’m sure he is good. They don’t do any patty cake record building in Thailand, those guys are in real tough fights from the beginning.
Jorge Linares vs. Mercito Gesta might actually be the main event that’s not the main even ya know? Should be a great fight and a big opportunity to see if all this other noise about the other lightweights is nothing, and if Linares is the real champ we should pay attention to. I still would really like to see Linares fight Mikey Garcia soon and unify their belts, because in a way the division just got exciting again after being boring for a bit.
Ferdinand Kerobyan. Dude, check this kid out. He is electric. I was working the show the night of his pro debut for a Steve Bash show at the Exchange LA and not only was his fighting just spectacular but I had to hold back all of Armenia that was trying to rush the ring to celebrate in there with him.
Showtime just released their schedule of all their boxing programming for the first half of 2018, check it out http://www.sho.com/sports/fights
Anthony Joshua hints that he has a future in UK politics. What is it with boxers and politics man?
Hey but at least they’ve actually taken a punch in their life, I’m not sure I really trust anyone who hasn’t a punch before with any real responsibility.