San Antonio based mega prospect “El Azteca” Mario Barrios jumps back into the ring to take on Richard Zamora. However, the rising star let it be known in no uncertain terms that he wants to fight the best. His performance on saturday on the undercard of Davis Vs Ruiz will be a measuring stick to see how far the 23-year-old Barrios has progressed. Barrios will risk his No. 1 ranking by the WBA at 140. Should Barrios win, he will be in position to fight the winner of the Relikh/Prograis fight.or whoever holds that particular strap upon the completion of the WBSS. The completeion of the tournament could potentially delay El Azteca’s title shot atleast temporarily. Outside the tournament, fellow Texan Maurice Hooker is the WBO champion, and Jose Ramirez holds the WBC belt, those fighhts could be made but each fighter is with a different network. There are also two other highly touted Texas based prospects in the weight class that would make for an all-action all-Texas Shootouts. Fights with Vergil Ortiz who is represented by Golden Boy and Kendo Castaneda who is represented by Roy Jones Jr Promotions would be intriguing.
Charlie Edwards had a breakthroguh performance in taking a lopsided decision over heavily favored Cristofer Rosales back in December. At that point Edwards promised to be a figting champion and is now delivering on that. Charlie Edwards will make the first defense of his WBC Flyweight World title against Angel Moreno on a huge night of boxing in London at the Copper Box Arena on March 23, the bout will air live on Sky Sports in the UK and stream on DAZN in the US. Edwards doubled down on his sentiment that he wasnts to be a fighting champion saying “This is only the beginning, this is a new chapter in my career and this is where the real hard work starts. I want to be an active World Champion, I want to be in the ring fighting and getting better and pushing myself. I’m not in this game to take part, I want to be a multi-weight World Champion. I look forward to taking my first steps as a World Champion and defending my belt on March 23.”
WBO Super Flyuweght Champio Donnie Nietes and #1 mandatory challanger “Mighty” Aston Palicte are both coming off masterfull perfeormances. Nietes put together a masterpiece in taking a SD over former multi-division world champ Kaz Ioka back on New Years Eve, and Palicte is coming off a second round destruction of previouisly unbeatean Puerto Rican propect Jose Martinez on the 31st of January. Both fighters earned our “Fighter Of The Week” award for their proformances. The WBO has know given both parties just 15 days to negotiate a rematch. Their first fight was for the vanct WBO strap which is know held by Nietes, the fight ended in a hotly debated draw. 3DBoxing scored the fight for Aston Palicte 115-113.