Fight Week Preview

After last week’s spectacular scene in Arlington, Texas, big time boxing returns with two loaded fight cards. Fight fans on each side of the Atlantic will be treated to an exciting Saturday of boxing.

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The action kicks off in the fighting city of Manchester and is headlined by an intriguing battle of unbeatens. Joshua Buatsi, originally of Accra, Ghana and now fighting out of London, puts his 13-0 (11) record on the line against fellow unbeaten Light heavyweight, Daniel Blenda Dos Santos 15-0 (8) for the WBA International Light Heavyweight Title. Dos Santos is largely untested in his 15 pro fights, having fought just two opponents with a winning record. He most recently fought in April and stopped a 3-9-2 fighter named Ivan Nikolov of Bulgaria and stopped him in one-round. Buatsi, despite having two less bouts, is the much more tested fighter. He has won eight straight bouts by way of stoppage, including wins over high quality opponents like Marko Calic, Marco Antonio Periban and Ryan Ford. The undercard features highly touted, undefeated, super middleweight prospect, southpaw Lerrone Richards had a spectacular 2019. First out pointing Tommy Langford in April and then took a split decision over Lennox Clarke in November of 2019. He had just one fight in 2020, when he took apart a stay busy opponent by the name of Timo Laine of Finland. Richards takes a step up and takes on well tested and sharp skilled Italian Giovanni De Carolis, who sports a record of 28-9-1 and has a stoppage victory over former world title challenger Vincent Feigenbutz and most recently scored a wide unanimous decision victory over Khoren Gevor, in Rome back in June of 2019, but has been inactive for nearly two-years due to the pandemic. Cruiserweight contender Tommy McCarthy of Ireland also returns and battles Alexandru Jur of Romania. The undercard also features the return of highly touted super-lightweight phenom Dalton Smith, as well as once-beaten 122-pound prospect Gamal Yafai.

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The action then moves to Carson, California. As WBC Super bantamweight champ Luis “Pantera” Nery of Tijuana, Mexico, puts his WBC super bantamweight title and his perfect 31-0 (24) record on the line against WBA “Regular” Champion Brandon “The Heartbreaker” Figueroa 21-0-1 (16) of Weslaco, Texas, in what promises to be a high octane, all offense, tv friendly slug fest. Nery last fought in September and outpointed Aaron Alameda via unanimous decision to capture the vacant WBC strap. Figueroa last fought on the same card and beatdown a rugged Damien Vazquez over 10 one-sided rounds. The co main event features the fan friendly former unified super bantamweight champion Danny Roman who battles Ricardo Espinoza. Espinoza has run off two-straight victories including an impressive UD victory over Brandon Valdes back in October of 2020, since being stopped by John Riel Casimero in the final round of a 12-round fight of the year type slugfest in April of 2019. Highly touted undefeated super featherweight prospect Xavier Martinez also returns to action for the first time since a lackluster performance in which he was dropped twice against Claudio Marrero. Martinez looks to bounce back and look sharper against Juan Carlos Burgos who has gone the distance against undefeated blue-chip prospects such as Hector Tanajara and Devin Haney.

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