This weekend’s boxing in the United States can be directed this Saturday on Showtime as Danny Garcia takes on Ivan Redkach at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in the main event.
So before I tell you the three things I’m looking for on that card, let me backtrack to last week’s things and how they shook out:
Abraham “El Super” Nova- In his Top Rank debut, Nova systematically broke down fight veteran Peter Navarette to a four-round stoppage victory. He is a prospect at Super Featherweight that is on everyone’s radar and showed why last weekend in Verona, New York.
Julian Williams vs. Jeison Rosario- The upset special was served in Philadelphia as Rosario got the victory in the fifth round of the first unified defense for Williams in his hometown. Biggest moment of last weekend in boxing inside the ring.
Chris Colbert vs. Jezreel Corrales- Corrales gave Colbert fits over twelve rounds but wasn’t active enough and was dropped once to earn a decision. Colbert for his efforts remains undefeated and does pick up the WBA Interim Super Featherweight strap in what made for uninteresting television that saw criticism in the arena and the broadcast.
Here is what I’m looking forward to this Saturday:
Lorenzo “Truck” Simpson
Simpson is an undefeated middleweight prospect and was last seen on television last March on the prelims of the Sergey Lipinets-Lamont Peterson card. In the opening seconds, he sent Jaime Meza to the canvas in what has been one of my favorite knockdowns of 2019. Simpson is in action on the undercard portion that will air on Showtime Sport’s YouTube Page and I expect more of the same from him starting at 7 p.m. ET.
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Jarrett Hurd with new trainer Kay Koroma
Hurd is in action on the co-main event of this card against Francisco Santana. Someone who won’t be in Team Hurd’s corner is longtime trainer Ernesto “Nesto” Rodriguez, who is replaced with Kay Koroma. The focus for Hurd was not to be hit as often as he was in his prior matches.
“I look back at my fights, and it kind of scares me all the hits I was taking,” Hurd said at the media workouts Wednesday. “I had back to back Fight of the Year battles. Those were back and forth fights. I don’t want those each and every year. I want to win in one-sided fashion.
Let’s see if that is the case against Santana.
Stephen Fulton vs. Arnold Khegai
“Cool Boy Steph” is in action in a WBO title eliminator against Arnold Khegai to kic off the main Showtime broadcast. The undefeated IBO super bantamweight champ is in the toughest test in the ring against the undefeated Khegai. The winner of this match will be closer to a chance at taking on current WBO titleholder Emanuel Navarrete, one of the most active champions last year in boxing.