Much has been said about the clash between Tim Tszyu (22-0, 16 KOs) and Carlos Ocampo (35-2, 23 KOs) on June 18 (June 17 for American viewers). Flying under the radar, however, is a bout with significant implications. Ra’eese Aleem (20-0, 12 KOs) and Sam Goodman (14-0, 7 KOs) will meet in a super bantamweight fight that could see the winner challenge for a world title soon. Both men are ranked within the top ten of the WBO and IBF. It may not be long before either sanctioning body declares the winner of this bout a mandatory challenger.
Aleem vs. Goodman fight preview
For Aleem, this will be his first fight outside of the USA. It will also be his first bout in nine months. Previously, he fought on the Andy Ruiz-Luis Ortiz undercard against Mike Plania. Aleem won every round on the judges scorecards and also dropped Plania in the second. For quite some time, Aleem has expressed a desire to become world champion and has called for a title shot. Victory over Goodman would help him get closer to that goal.
The clash with Aleem will be Goodman’s second fight of the year. In March, he beat TJ Doheny via unanimous decision on the undercard of Tszyu-Harrison. For Goodman, Aleem is another step up in opposition. Victory for Goodman would help establish him on the world stage at super bantamweight. Similar to Aleem, Goodman has expressed a desire for a title fight. However, he has stressed that he is solely focused on Aleem and will be looking to get the win.
Fight fans in the USA can watch this bout live on Showtime as part of Tszyu-Ocampo card. The event is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. ET on June 17. Viewers in Australia can purchase the card as a PPV on Main Event on Kayo. The scheduled start time for Australia will be 12 p.m. AEST on Ju