3. Ray Beltran set to return at a new weight– When Ray Beltran captured his first world title in 2018, it was one of the years feel-good stories. After finally winning his first world title he went on to lose his first title defense in his hometown against Jose Pedraza. That was as a lightweight. Beltran is to return to the ring and take a swing at being a two-division world champ. Beltran will return in the Jr. Welterweight division against unbeaten 140-pounder Hiroki Okada. Okada last fought in September at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. The venue he gave a somewhat disappointing performance at but still managed a split decision victory over Cristian Rafael Coria. The Japanese contender has one other win of note, having stopped Jason Pagara in six-rounds back in 2017. The bout will be the co-feature to the Jose Ramirez-Jose Zeped title fight at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The two bouts will headline a special Top Rank on ESPN card.
2. A legend calls for an upset!– Roy Jones Jr is the best fighter of his era and one of the best regardless of era. He was like magic in the ring just in case “y’all forgot”. The former four-division champ may not be quite as good at predicting fights. The ring legend said Adrien Broner” has a very good chance of beating Manny Pacquiao” on Saturday night in Las Vegas adding “he has a fighting style that is very similar to Floyd Mayweather Jr.” Jones pointed out that Mayweather beat Pacquiao with ease four years ago in 2015. Which is mainly true. Floyd took a wide decision and dominated the second half of the fight with Pacquaio. Jones Jr thinks that Broner, who is more than a decade younger, has an excellent chance of doing the same thing Floyd did and thinks the two have a very similar fighting style. The comparison seems odd given most consider Mayweather to be the best defensive fighter of his era and arguably of all-time, while Broner has major defensive flaws.
1.WBC orders rematch between Wilder/Fury– WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and lineal heavyweight champ Tyson Fury have been in constant negotiations and discussions after their controversial draw a month and a half ago. The fight looked like it was well on its way to being made as Fury, as per his promoter Frank Warren, said publically they were willing to go back to the US just not California. Well, they may not have to do that anymore. The WBC has mandated the fight and it will go to purse bids if an agreement is not reached by February 5th. Wilder will get the lion share of the 60/40 split. The WBC issues a statement saying a “Consistent with the WBC Board of governors voting regarding the direct rematch between WBC champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, the WBC is hereby notifying both camps that the free negotiation period is opened and if there is no agreement between the parties a purse bid will be conducted by the WBC on Tuesday, February 5th. The sanctioning body also gave the challenger a bit more lucrative split saying “The WBC has modified the 70-30 split and has confirmed a 60-40 split in favor of the champion Wilder considering the market value of Fury.”