On episode 299 of The Neutral Corner boxing podcast, host Michael Montero briefly gave his thoughts on the NFL playoffs, then returned to the boxing news.
Frank Warren successfully surpassed Eddie Hearn for the rights to promote the WBC heavyweight title fight between champion Tyson Fury and mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte. Both Fury and Whyte will make career-high pay days if and when the fight breaks down.
Also, a highly anticipated match between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano will be held on April 30 in New York City. Taylor will put her undisputed lightweight championship against Serrano at stake. The winner of this fight, which is mocked as the biggest in the history of women’s boxing, will undoubtedly be seen as the No. 1 pound-for-pound female fighter in the world.
The schedule was pretty thin last week. On Saturday, January 29, Robson Conceicao recovered from his first pro defeat last September and defeated the previously undefeated Xavier Martinez by unanimous decision. The junior lightweight competition was the head of a top-ranking program broadcast on the EPSN + application.
That same night in Ohio, Ilunga Makabu reached a split decision over Thabiso Mchunu to defend his cross-country title. The fight resulted in a non-television program by Don King Promotions.
Saturday, February 5
Ultimate Boxxer, FiteTV PPV
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams, 12th, 160 lbs
Claressa Shields vs. Ema Kozin, 10th, 160-pound combined title match
Matchroom Boxing, DAZN
Footprint Center, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Carlos Cuadras vs. Jesse Rodriguez, 12th, 115-pound vacant title match
TGB Promotions, Fox PPV
Michelob Ultra Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Keith Thurman vs Mario Barrios, 12th, 147 lbs
Luis Nery vs Carlos Castro, 10th, 122 lbs
QUOTATIONS OF THE CALLERS:
“The odds on the Thurman vs Barrios fight are interesting,” Thad said. “Thurman is less than a two-to-one favorite, which is staggering because Al Haymon wants to feed him for Terence Crawford. He will get this victory over Barrios by hook or crook. “
“Two and a half years outside the ring, Thurman was inactive,” Nacho said. “I do not care how much time he spends in the gym, it can not repeat the same conditions of a real fight. And Barrios was active. “
“Keith was great at one point, but forget about it, he’s going down,” Bryan Tate said. “I will not be surprised if he is beaten by Barrios.”
“I would not be surprised if Barrios gets upset over the weekend,” said Rich. “I think it just goes back to the inactivity of this era of fighters. I feel like these guys are just fighting for a salary. ”
@ 4: 38 NFL Playoff Talk
@ 17: 25 News and Notes
@ 33: 20 Fight Review
@ 41: 20 Battle Preview
@ 55: 49 Bellers
Michael Montero can be found on social media via @MonteroOnBoxing. His show “The Neutral Corner” can be seen every Monday on TheRingDigital YouTube channel, and can be heard on audio podcast platforms around the world.