If Benevidez continues down the road that he is currently on he will undoubtedly get worldwide recognition in the near future. And what exactly should be the next step on that road?
The clash between Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (26-0, 21KOs) and “Showtime” Shawn Porter (30-3-1, 17KOs) delivered a unification bout for the ages. Both welterweights stepped in the ring as champions (Spence Jr., the IBF titleholder and Porter, the WBC titleholder), but only one fighter would leave with both belts.
On Saturday, September 28th, IBF Welterweight Champ Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (25-0, 21KOs) will clash with WBC Welterweight Champ Shawn “Showtime” Porter (30-2-1, 17KOs) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. This should be a blockbuster fight.
Gervonta “Tank” Davis (22-0, 21KOs) has vacated his WBA (Super) Lightweight title and moved up to the stacked super lightweight division. He automatically becomes the #1 contender for the 135 pound WBA title. Will his promotion team allow him to fight Vasiliy “Hi-Tek” Lomachenko straight away?
Can Caleb Plant forge his path to greatness? Can he clean out the super middleweight division? It’s entirely possible. He is definitely the most technical boxer at 168lbs – he’s ultra fast, has very good footwork, and has a high ring IQ.
Keith Thurman might’ve lost his fight on Saturday but he showed plenty of heart. It will be interesting to see how he responds after losing the first fight of his career. He has numerous options on the table and it would be no surprise to see him bounce back and fight for a title next year.
Last night we witnessed a fight for the ages. Two lions in the welterweight division slugging it out to determine who would take his perch amongst the three titleholders at 147 pounds. We saw a 40 year old legend in Manny ‘PacMan’ Pacquaio (62-7, 39 KOs) take on a much younger undefeated Keith ‘One-Time’ Thurman (29-1, 22KOs) in his prime for Thurman’s WBA (Super) Welterweight Title.
Both fighters faced off at the final press conference and things got little chippy. Harsh words were exchanged and the fighters had to be separated before things went any further. Caleb Plant has clearly gotten under Mike Lee’s skin. Could it play a role in the fight?
This is one of the biggest fights of the year. It pits old versus young, legend versus champion, but it is lion versus lion.
After the fight, Charlo stated that he wants a big fight and he wants it with either of the two biggest names in the middleweight division…
WBC Interim Champ Jermall “Hitman” Charlo (28-0, 21KOs) will square off against Brandon “Cannon” Adams (21-2, 13KOs) on Saturday, June 29th, at the NRG Arena in Houston, TX. Charlo will be fighting in front of his hometown for only the second time in his career.
Jermell Charlo (32-1-16 KO) knocked out rugged Mexican, Jorge Cota (28-4-25 KO) on Sunday in his first win since dropping a decision (and WBC title) to Tony Harrison (28-2-21 KO) last December. Charlo was back in impressive form, dropping Cota with a short right hook in the third round before drilling him with a picture perfect 1, 2 that left Cota laid out on the canvas.
Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (18-1, 12KOs) is one fight away from a WBC title shot. On Sunday, June 23, he will be colliding with Julio “Pollito” Ceja (32-,3 28KOs) at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Ceja is the number one ranked boxer in the WBC rankings in the junior featherweight division. A win for Rigondeaux means a shot at greatness again, a shot becoming champion.
Ruiz Jr.’s victory shook up the sport for sure, but is he now considered the best heavyweight in the world? Is it Wilder or Fury? Where does Joshua stand in the heavyweight rankings now? Lets take a look.
Heavyweight WBC champ Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (41-0-1, 40KOs) has agreed to a rematch with Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (31-1, 26KOs). The fight date and venue are to be determined, but rumor has it that the fight will take place in September.