James headlining on Fox- Wallin wants in Heavyweight picture
How will Welterweight Jamal “Shango” James fare, as he headlines for PBC on Fox has return Saturday? And, what about Swedish Heavyweight Otto Wallin, who wants very much to get back in the contender picture?
We discuss and hear from both fighters and their situations on this edition of the Big Fight Weekend podcast.
You’ll hear from James and also a one-on-one conversation with Wallin. Plus, it’s a roundtable discussion on the fights this weekend and next with Marquis Johns from this site and Keith Idec, senior writer of Boxingscene.com:
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James is the main event in a rescheduled fight from April taking on fellow welterweight contender, Thomas Dulorme for the WBA “Interim” 147 lb. belt. You’ll get his insight on what the week in L.A. is like in the PBC modified “bubble” and his thoughts on fighting without fans.
James, 26-1, has won his last six fights, including a 10 round main event decision in his hometown of Minneapolis over Anthony DeMarco, also last July. Dulorme is 25-3-1, with 16 KOs and will be formidable competition for James. Manny Pacquiao has the WBA “Super” version of the Welterweight championship after his decision win over Keith Thurman a year ago July.
Wallin will battle heavyweight Travis Kauffman in a schedule 10 round non-title fight next Saturday night for PBC Showtime Boxing card at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. When last we saw Wallin he pushed Tyson Fury to a 12-round decision loss last fall in Las Vegas and he knows he must do something impressive with this opportunity next Saturday.
The opponent Kaufman is from Reading, Pennsylvania and actually tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this year, but is now fully recovered and ready to take a big step himself in this bout.
We round out the podcast with discussion on these fights + Ireland’s Carl Frampton, the former two-division World Champ, looking for a new opponent for his August 15th fight in London.
Plus, women’s undefeated Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus will be the main event for the DAZN/ Matchroom Boxing show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, next weekend. Marquis, Keith and I discuss whether Braekhus successfully defending a woman’s title 26 times in a row is the equivalent or better than Joe Louis having won 25 straight men’s Heavyweight title fights in the middle of the last century?