Fights all over
You may have heard that there is this event taking place in Las Vegas between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the MMA guy and Miguel Cotto-Yoshihiro Kamegai at the StubHub Center, in Carson, California, on HBO.
But there’s actually much more going on this weekend in boxing.
– OK, let’s get this out the way: Tonight, this scribe will be ringside at the Omega Products International in Corona (the city, not the beer), alongside “Mr. Charger Talk” Beto Duran, calling this Thompson Boxing Promotions card on their Facebook Live page and at ThompsonBoxing.com. Heavyweight LaRon Mitchell headlines and featherweight Erick Ituarte is matched with Alberto Torres.
According to Alex Camponovo (the General Manager and matchmaker for Thompson Boxing), the 1,200 seat venue is sold-out.
First bell is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. PT, and yes, if you chime in on the Facebook comment section or on Twitter, Beto will surely give you a shout-out. In this respect, he is like Harry Caray on WGN, during Chicago Cubs games in the 1980s.
– Also on Friday night, FS1 (9 p.m. ET) has a really good looking doubleheader from the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, where an IBF middleweight title eliminator between Sergey Derevyanchenko and Tureano Johnson headlines. The winner becomes the No. 1 contender and eventual mandatory challenger to the IBF middleweight beltholder, which is currently Gennady Golovkin.
The chief supporting bout is a middleweight match-up between Immanuwel Aleem and Hugo Centeno Jr., who engages in his first bout of 2017
– On Saturday, before the Showtime Pay-Per-View broadcast kicks off, FOX has a “free-view” of sorts that will feature resurgent Cuban welterweight Yordenis Ugas taking on Thomas Dulorme. Ugas has been on a solid run of late, defeating Jamal James and Levan Ghvamichava, since the beginning of 2016. He steps in place of former IBF titlist Shawn Porter, who dropped out of this assignment last week due to news regarding to a death in the family. Dulorme is now trained by Joel Diaz – Hey, I love that guy!
– The Mayweather-Conor McGregor card starts at 9 p.m. ET and the undercard has a light heavyweight match-up that figures to be a pretty good scrap between former super middleweight titlist Badou Jack and former 175-pound beltholder Nathan Cleverly. IBF 130-pound champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis takes on Francisco Fonseca and cruiserweights Steve Cunningham and Andrew Tabiti battle for the USBA title.
– The HBO broadcast from Carson, California, begins at 9:45 p.m. ET and leads off with Ronny Rios challenging WBC super bantamweight titlist Rey Vargas for his belt. This could be the best pure fight of this card.
After this telecast ends, HBO will air the premiere edition of “24/7” for Saul Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin. I can’t wait to hear Liev Schreiber.
Yeah, if you want to tickets for May-Mac, it’s clear that you can get them for well under face value coming into the weekend. It’s something Jim Boone of “KO Tickets” forecast weeks ago and it turns out he was spot-on.
Jesse Lawrence of TicketIQ stated in an email:
“After a brief pop earlier this week, it seems that sellers have caved, with get-in prices down 44% to as low as $1,100. The latest ‘get-in’ price trend infographic attached.
“As a point of comparison, the cheapest ticket to Mayweather-(Manny) Pacquiao never got below $2,600. With this drop, the cheapest ticket now is below Mayweather’s fight vs. Canelo Alvarez in September, 2013.”
You can chart the market here.
Gabe Montoya and I host “The Next Round,” in which Mr. Boone joined us for a segment.
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