Another 140 lb. world title is on the line for the second straight week, as WBC champ Regis Prograis fights in his hometown of New Orleans and prominent Australian star Tim Tszyu will headline there, as part of the worldwide action. And, we’ll recap it all on the latest “Big Fight Weekend Preview” Podcast.
Our insider Dan Rafael of BigFightWeekend.com is back with me and we first discuss the breaking news from Thursday afternoon that newly crowned WBO junior welterweight champ Teofimo Lopez has vacated his title just days after beating Josh Taylor. What’s really going on here? Dan has more on whether Lopez is wrecking his own career by doing something that he didn’t need to do (vacate) for months?
Then, we turn to Prograis defending the WBC belt in that same division at the Smoothie King Arena downtown against Puerto Rican contender Danielito Zorrilla Saturday night. What will happen in this homecoming bout for Prograis and what are his potential future plans in his multi-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing?
Next, some discussion on Tim Tszyu in an Australian PPV main event Saturday night (U.S. Time) with veteran Carlos Ocampo. Tszyu is fighting despite a nasty dog bite to his forearm two weeks ago that required over 20 stitches and is looking for a big performance. Then, he’ll turn his attention to a potentially rescheduled battle with undisputed 154 lb. champ Jermell Charlo. Charlo suffered a broken hand in January and has been ordered to fight Tszyu by September 30th or be stripped of their belt.
Hear the insight from Dan and me by clicking play below,
There’s fight news involving Chinese heavyweight Zhilei Zhang and his rematch with England’s Joe Joyce, Nonito Donaire has an opponent for his July vacant WBC bantamweight title fight and the Stanionis vs. Ortiz welterweight main event for Golden Boy has some undercard bouts for next month.
And, the guys conclude with nostalgia for this weekend on heavyweight legends Mike Tyson and George Foreman fighting on the same card for HBO in June 1990 in an attempt to have them fight each other. Alas, that bout never happened, especially when Tyson was arrested for rape in Indiana in 1991 and convicted/sentenced to three years in prison a year later.
The guys also re-live a tremendous, booming second round KO by legend Thomas “Hitman” Hearns of fellow legend “Hands of Stone” Roberto Duran that happened 39 years ago Thursday. How did that punch impact and elevate Hearns and really damage Duran’s intimidating persona for good? We discuss.
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