Friday June 13
From Pierre-Charbonneau, Montreal, Quebec Canada
Dierry Jean 25(17)-1 vs Daniel Ruiz 32(22)-7-2
Dierry Jean is looking to rebound after his failed bid to win Lamont Peterson’s junior welterweight title back in January. Jean put up a strong challenge, but faded late against Peterson. Jean isn’t completely out of the water at junior welterweight. A few good wins could put him back in contention.
Saturday June 14
From Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico
TV: Azteca (Mexico)
Hernan Marquez 37(26)-4 vs McJoe Arroyo 14(7)-0
vacant IBF super flyweight eliminator
You may remember that the IBF came under an enormous amount of scrutiny when Daiki Kameda was allowed to retain his IBF title after losing to Liborio Solis. He was allowed to retain because Solis failed to make weight, even though most sanctioning bodies vacate titles in this situation. The move turned the whole of the Japanese boxing community against Kameda and his family. It appears he was stripped (as he should’ve been in the 1st place) and now Marquez has a shot at winning the title.
Marquez at one point held the WBA flyweight title and has always been just on the cusp of being great, but ultimately coming up short. It feels like Marquez has been at it for years and his prime has passed him by, but Marquez is only 25. Why it feels like he’s already an aging veteran is the wars he’s been in. Few fights have been easy for Marquez.
Marquez is small for his division with an abnormally short reach. Skilled outside fighters can have their way with him. On paper, Marquez’s experience seems to be the only thing in his favor. Arroyo is going to have a 5 inch reach advantage, he’s a fighter who prefers to work on the outside and catch guys coming in with precise counter blows. A perfect match-up for Arroyo to take the next step in his career.
The question is whether or now Arroyo is going to be able to compete at Marquez’s pace. Marquez is a world level fighter while Arroyo has never gone 12 rounds in his career.
This is a 50-50 fight and should be very entertaining. Marquez has unbelievable heart and if Arroyo is going to stop him, he’ll have to walk through fire to do it.
Alejandro Hernandez 27(15)-10-2 vs Daniel Rosas 17(11)-1-1
interim WBO bantamweight title
I’m not quite sure why this is for the interim WBO title. The champion is currently Tomoki Kameda. Tomoki is the youngest of the Kameda clan and the most talented. His nickname is El Mexicanito and you’ll see him in action on the Alvarez-Lara undercard if you want to find out why. My theory is that the IBF really doesn’t like the Kameda family, but who knows.
Hernandez’s resume isn’t pretty. He’s come up short against every significant name he’s faced and his best win is a bit underwhelming. Rosas is coming off a loss. A stoppage loss at that. And it was his first fight at bantamweight since 2012. Oh boy.
Jorge Arce 63(48)-7-2 vs Jorge Lacierva 41(27)-9-6
Arce has had a long and successful career. He started as a junior flyweight and moved all the way to super bantamweight where he captured a title and defended it successfully. You’d think that the wars and stoppages would’ve slowed Arce to the point of retirement, but he continues to truck along.
From Explanada Municipal, Tlalnepantla, Mexico
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
Humberto Soto 63(25)-8-2 vs Emmanuel Addo 12(10)-1-1
junior welterweight division
Ah, now there is a name I have not heard in a long time. Remember when Soto was a prime candidate for a Pacquiao match? I believe it was when Pacquiao was going to face Cotto. Soto’s been around for a long time. He came up the hard way facing tough competition all over Mexico. He took quite a few losses early on like many Mexican warriors do. When he moved to the US, it seemed to do wonders for his career. He progressed nicely and while losing some, he began to score big victories including wins over Rocky Juarez and Bobby Pacquiao. Soto’s never been elite, but he’s got a lot of toughness.
Rey Vargas 19(16)-0 vs Vergel Nebran 12(8)-7-1
super bantamweight division
Vargas is trained by Nacho Beristain. It will be interesting to see if he fights in the Marquez counter-punching style.
From Bally’s Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Glen Tapia 20(12)-1 vs Keenan Collins 15(10)-8-3
junior middleweight division
A year ago Glen Tapia was arguably one of the top prospects in the sport. With the exception of his defense, everything looked like it was ready for HBO. His offense was explosive. He was prone to get into wars. His chin looked sturdy. He had a marketable look.
And then James Kirkland happened. It was a typical Kirkland fight. Tapia jumped off to a big start and looked like he might finish Kirkland off in the 1st. The New Jersey fans sat on the edge of their seats as it looked like their boy would make an explosive HBO debut… Only we’d seen this more than once. It was just another slow Kirkland start. Anne Wolfe worked her magic, she told Kirkland something about his destiny, and the rest was history.
Of course. Steve Smoger was there to allow the beating to go one step further than it needed to. Tapia was stopped and nearly knocked out cold.
Back to the drawing board for Tapia. What did he do? He’s made one major move which anyone who watched Saturday’s pay-per-view will hail as a brilliant move. He’s moved his camp to Hollywood, California to train with Freddie Roach. It’s a match made in heaven as Tapia is an exceptional offensive fighter and with Roach in his corner, he’ll be able to hide defensive shortcomings behind more offense.
There’s also the level of sparring and championship atmosphere to get Tapia to act and think like he’s an elite fighter in the game. Something that will also improve him altogether as a fighter.
Collins has lost 7 of his last 12. He’s been knocked out or stopped by Delvin Rodriguez and Danny Jacobs. I don’t expect Tapia to struggle in the slightest.
Jesse Hart 13(10)-0 vs Shujaa El Amin 12(6)-5
super middleweight division
Hart is 24 and very promising in the division. I’m not sure his power is elite level. When he’s faced guys with good chins, they tend not to crack. I’m still undecided about Hart. He’s got a nice amateur background and he’s a Philly guy, but there’s a lot of questions about him thus far.
From Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
TV: HBO (USA) Sport 1 (Hungary)
Time: 7:00 PM PDT, 10:00 PM EDT, 3:00 AM BST
Ruslan Provodnikov 23(16)-2 vs Chris Algieri 19(8)-0
WBO light welterweight title
I may get slammed for this, but I’m going to tell you all right now. Algieri is exactly the kind of fighter you’d pick if you were looking for someone to beat Ruslan Provodnikov.
Provodnikov is a face first brawler who doesn’t go backwards. What is the nemesis of this kind of a fighter? A long, rangy guy with good reach that can box. Let’s look at a couple of numbers.
Ruslan Provodnikov is 5 foot 6 inches. Chris Algieri is 5 foot 10 inches. Ruslan Provodnikov’s reach is 66 inches. Chris Algieri’s reach 72 inches.
What is Provodnikov’s primary attack? Hooks on the inside. What is Algieri’s primary attack? A long jab.
Who has the better footwork? Algieri.
Who’s the former kickboxing champion? Algieri.
Now all of that is good, but let’s get back to reality. That’s all best case scenario for Algieri. To be effective on the outside, his jab would need to be Foremanesque. He’ll need to make Provodnikov pay every time he steps inside. Can it be done? Sure. The execution is easier said than done.
Ruslan Provodnikov has that special something that separates the great fighters from the rest. Watching the HBO 2 Day special on him drives the point home. Provodnikov is willing to go far beyond the turning back point, pushing himself and his body farther than what normal people could envision being possible for themselves. Following the fight with Alvarado, he peed black. His body had begun to cannibalize from the exertion he placed on himself in the fight.
These are the traits of a guy you don’t bet against.
If Provodnikov has his way, Algieri will find himself in an all-out war. One he may not have the power to win. Provodnikov has shown he’s very good at forcing guys who come to box to engage in a war. If it’s war, Provodnikov will win.
Demetrius Andrade 20(13)-0 vs Brian Rose 25(7)-1
WBO light middleweight title
Andrade is coming off a win over Vanes Martirosyan where he won the vacant WBO title. Andrade rose from the deck in the 1st and proceeded to outbox Martirosyan comfortably for the next 12 rounds. Once Andrade settled into his rhythm the fight was over. Martirosyan was too one-dimensional for a guy with as deep an amateur background as Andrade.
How good is Andrade’s amateur background? He represented the US at the Beijing olympics and has wins over Diego Chaves (a complete shutout,) John Jackson, and 2 wins over Keith Thurman.
As for Rose, he’s coming off a close victory over Javier Maciel. Rose played the role of counter-puncher in the fight and was able to take Maciel’s heavy blows without too much struggle. The problem here is that Andrade might be too slick for Rose. This has the potential to be a real stinker. Both guys are counter-punchers who rely on their opponent to generate the offense. If this goes how I think it will, Andrade will retain with an easy 8-4 decision.