It took a while however we’re gradually starting to feel like we’re back on a routine big-time boxing schedule. Fans who have actually been starved for high-level boxing for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be served a triple dose of battle cards on Halloween night. We’ll even have a live audience for among these occasions.
Gervonta Davis will fight Leo Santa Cruz at 9 PM ET (Showtime PPV)
Instead of doing one piece per card, I’ll just make this a simple breakdown of the centrepieces and why you should view them. Consider this an audience’s guide to one of the busiest days of boxing we have actually had in rather some time.
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Yes, there will be physical distancing requirements and seating for about 10,000 inside the building, making it the very first major boxing card in the US with a paying in-person audience.
Davis is Floyd Mayweather’s protege and greatest name on the Mayweather Advertisings lineup. The Maryland native is unquestionably quick and a powerful puncher.
His last outing saw him get previous world champ, Yuriorkis Gamboa, in the final round, with Gamboa fearlessly combating on regardless of an Achilles injury.
Santa Cruz is by no implies a power puncher but he usually makes up for that with a great deal of volume. If we simply compare resumes then Santa Cruz has the edge totally because of his wins over Abner Mares and Carl Frampton, the latter representing a night of ball game after Frampton handed him his first pro defeat.
Santa Cruz was rocked by Frampton in their very first fight and his volume punching is unlikely to deter Davis from wading into punches. This is the greatest battle due to the fact that it’s Davis’ pay-per-view centrepiece debut. Mayweather and PBC definitely see Davis as a prospective box workplace superstar, and beating Santa Cruz would be a really major win for him and could motivate the 25-year-old to look for greater challenges in 2021.
I won’t identify this as a battle for absolute supremacy at 130 lbs; Miguel Berchelt is plainly the finest in that division but if he beats Oscar Valdez and goes up, then that mantle is up for grabs in the not so remote future.
While this one is being contested at 130 pounds for Santa Cruz’s WBA super-featherweight title, Davis’ secondary WBA light-weight (135 lbs) belt is also at stake.
Highlighting the undercard is Regis Prograis’ go back to the ring in what is certainly a lay-up against Juan Heraldez. No, this isn’t a $75 PPV and particularly not when you think about Showtime had a much better Charlo Twins PPV last month at the very same cost.
Naoya Inoue will fight Jason Moloney at 10 PM ET (ESPN+)
It’s fitting that “The Monster” is battling on Halloween night. The Japanese experience ought to be every MMA fan’s favourite to view and hopefully, his Top Rank finalizing provides him more direct exposure to the masses.
Inoue is a whirlwind of violence with unusually heavy hands for someone who began at 108 pounds and now rules the 118 pounds weight class. I mean, simply look at his work! There are heavyweights whom I’d rather hit me than this eager beaver.
For the first time in his profession, Inoue revealed serious vulnerability when Donaire had him cut and rocked several times over, but Inoue had the ability to dig deep and drop Donaire with a devastating body shot and get a clear-cut decision.
At just 27 years of ages and with just 19 professional fights, Inoue has actually won world titles in three departments and his power has more than held up as he’s increased in weight.
He lost a close decision to Manny Rodriguez in the WBSS quarterfinals, so we really might’ve seen this fight happen quicker if the split nod entered his favour.
The Australian is on a four-fight winning streak and most recently won his Top Rank debut by stopping Leonardo Baez. Similar to Inoue, Moloney likes to mix punch and dig deep to the body.
It may end in catastrophe but it’s worth a try. Inoue is a significant favourite over Moloney however that’s far more to do with the justified hype surrounding “The Beast”. Moloney is certainly a top-ten bantamweight if not top-five, and this might be a harder battle than you may believe.
Oleksandr Usyk will fight Dereck Chisora at 2 PM ET (DAZN)
Oleksandr Usyk cleared out the cruiserweight division through the World Boxing Super Series in what is the boxing equivalent of Mauricio Rua’s 2005. Marco Huck, Mairis Briedis, and Murat Gassiev is a truly remarkable run of victories, and the Briedis win has actually aged well offered he’s now the leading fighter at 200 pounds.
After knocking out Tony Bellew, Usyk moved up to heavyweight and was expected to deal with kickboxing star Tyrone Spong, just for Spong to fail a drug test and get replaced by Chazz Witherspoon.
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Usyk won by corner stoppage TKO however injuries and the pandemic have actually avoided him from getting the opportunity to truly develop himself as a legitimate heavyweight competitor.
For my money, he’s one of the top five pound-for-pound fighters and he might be the one to truly offer both Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua hard battles … offered he gets them.
Dereck Chisora (32-9, 23 KOs) is objectively not a top-ten heavyweight anymore. If absolutely nothing else, he does load a punch (just ask Artur Szpilka) and he’ll be billed as a capable gatekeeper who can evaluate Usyk’s chin at heavyweight.
Jaime Munguia will fight Tureano Johnson at 8 PM ET (DAZN)
Yeah if you want some boxing on Friday then DAZN has you covered with a Golden Boy program in California! Munguia (35-0, 28 KOs) burst onto the world boxing scene when he upset Sadam Ali on short notice to win the WBO junior middleweight (154 pounds) title.
He was in fact shortlisted as a possible replacement challenger for Gennadiy Golovkin when GGG-Canelo 2 was held off, however, the Nevada Athletic Commission declined him on grounds of it being an inequality.
The 24-year-old Mexican enjoys to punish the body and mainly ignores defence for offence. His “title reign” was underwhelming in terms of opponent quality, and he’s since gone up to middleweight.
At best, he’s a vibrant action fighter who’s yet to be seriously challenged by a high-level opponent. I would not be amazed if the Bahamas’ Tureano Johnson (21-2-1), one of my individual preferred spoilers in boxing.
Only Curtis Stevens and Sergiy Derevyanchenko have actually bested Johnson, and he is more than capable of outboxing Munguia and taking his power. As an aside, the co-feature between Rashidi Ellis and Alexis Rocha is an impressive prospect vs. prospect booking at 147 pounds. That’s really 50-50 and you seldom see this kind of matchmaking among major boxing promoters.