BoxingScene.com’s TV Pick of the Week – June 19
Pick it: TBRB # 1 Naoya Inoue vs. Michael Dasmarinas (Saturday, ESPN, 10 p.m. EST)
The Saturday quantity is there. A busy day of main events with prohibitive favorites and interesting undercards is not a clear choice of the week. This card gets the green light as it features the most beloved fighter entering the ring this weekend. Saul Alvarez is widely regarded as the clubhouse leader of the world’s best fighter, regardless of his size. Bantamweight leader Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17 KOs) is not far from the pace.
The 28-year-old Monster is 5-0 in his third weight class and already holds two of four major belts. Dasmarinas, 28, is 12-0-1 since his last loss (if against less than brilliant opposition), has only been stopped once and has a pretty nasty southpaw. Can the challenger get the hang of it and turn it into more than it looks on paper? Otherwise, Mikaela Meyer-Erica Farias and Isaac Dogboe-Adam Lopez are competitively paired to complete a solid show. Additional undercard action begins on ESPN + at 7:55 am EST.
Additional shows to watch
Saturday – Sturm vs. Kraft (FITE, 11:30 a.m. EST)
Felix Sturm never had a crack at the top of the middleweight mountain in his day. There was no fight with Bernard Hopkins, Jermain Taylor, Kelly Pavlik or Sergio Martinez. Instead, after a debated loss to Oscar De La Hoya in 2004, Sturm established himself as a big draw who fought the rest of the class in Germany for years and had a solid career. Now 42, Sturm competes in light heavyweight and faces undefeated 24-year-old James Kraft (19-0-1, 10 KOs).
Saturday – # 7 Munguia vs. Szeremeta (DAZN, 3:30 p.m. EST)
That says something about the group’s weight at middleweight at the moment, Kamil Szeremeta, 31, (21-1, 5 KOs) landed the TBRB and Ring Magazine top ten ahead of his loss to Gennady Golovkin in the year. last. Szeremeta gets the comparison treatment here as 24-year-old Jaime Munguia (36-0, 29 KOs) will look to outdo the veteran’s performance. The most interesting part of this show could come before the main event. Gabe Rosado (25-13-1, 14 KOs), a 35-year-old super middleweight, almost upset Daniel Jacobs the last time around. Can Rosado derail the rising force that is Bektemir Melikuziev, 25 (7-0, 6 KOs)?
Saturday – # 2 Charlo vs Montiel (Showtime, 9:00 p.m. EST)
The Charlos are currently my grandfather’s favorite fighters. He should like what he sees in this one as Jermall, 31, WBC middleweight titlist (31-0, 22 KOs) makes his first start since his best win in the division yet last year. . Charlo looked excellent against Sergiy Derevyanchenko. The best middleweight fight in the world right now, the consensus of the first two clashes, would be Charlo vs. Golovkin, but the business side of boxing doesn’t seem to be moving in that direction. Is Charlo’s move to super middleweight inevitable? Juan Macias Montiel, 27, (22-4-2, 22 KOs) is 3-0-1 in his last four games and has only been stopped once by Munguia. Can he derail Charlo’s momentum? Probably not, but the featherweight Jr. clash between Angeo Leo and Aaron Alameda is more than enough reason to connect and Isaac Cruz could also get some tough laps with veteran Francisco Vargas.
Saturday – Chavez Sr. vs. Camacho Jr. (FITE, 9:00 p.m. EST)
Fans of nostalgia and freak shows will be well served here. The great Julio Cesar Chavez once delivered a memorable beating from his rival Hector Camacho. He will shake his legs with Camacho’s son here while Chavez’s own son takes to the boxing action against MMA. Chavez Jr. will throw a hand with UFC great Anderson Silva. There is too much live, competitive boxing to recommend it to anyone, but it’s there if you want it.
Cliff Rold is Editor-in-Chief of BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, a member of the International Boxing Research Organization, and a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He can be contacted at [email protected]