When it rains it pours. And the last portion of 2020 is apparently going to flood us with boxing. Juan Francisco Estrada’s skirmish with Carlos Cuadras and Román “Chocolatito” González’s win over Israel González filled our hearts plenty last weekend, but now we get Naoya Inoue, Oleksandr Usyk, Gervonta Davis and Jaime Munguía all featured across various platforms this weekend.
It would be nice to have this spread out rather than condensed into roughly 24 hours, but now is not the time to complain. We’re all exhausted and desperately in need of diversion, and thankfully the boxing gods are answering the call.
The great fight on DAZN last weekend between “El Gallo” Juan Francisco Estrada and Carlos Cuadras featured swings in momentum and legitimate danger for both fighters. It probably got too one-sided at times to be a real “Fight of the Year” front runner, but in a year like this the idea can’t be discarded. Either way the little guys in the main event once more made an argument for ignoring the lumbering oafs up north. And “Chocolatito” González dipping into some prime form for the co-feature helped too.
But this weekend is plain jammed with names. Munguía, an inconsistent heavy puncher, faces Tureano Johnson on DAZN for some backwoods belt that appears to set Munguía up to fight WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade. The intrigue hinges on which version of Munguía shows up, but when the aggressive one does it’s fun.
If Vasiliy Lomachenko’s social media madness weren’t quite enough for the easily-aggravated among us boxing fans, Usyk’s dancing, shrieking, grinning act rolls into town against heavyweight Dereck Chisora. This is DAZN territory as well, so bring the tin foil antenna. But if Chisora can test Usyk enough to make it a ride, it might be worth the trouble.
“The Monster” Naoya Inoue might be the real feature of the weekend, though. Similar to “Chocolatito,” Inoue gained a cult following among boxing’s hardcore contingent as he rose through weight classes on the lower end of the spectrum, and the Japanese thriller fights Australian Jason Moloney on ESPN. Both are noted body punchers, but Inoue is facing a one-year layoff, bad scar tissue over his eye from a grueling fight with Nonito Donaire. Regardless, anytime Inoue fights, fans need to catch it.
Finally, there’s another Showtime Pay-Per-View, though this one is headlined by Gervonta “Tank” Davis and Leo Santa Cruz. It’s a professional boxing match, that’s for sure, and there are others on the card. Another $75 might be a tough ask of boxing fans in the span of just over one month, though. Then again that Twin Charlo PPV was a lot of fun.
On this episode of Knuckles and Gloves Boxing Radio, Patrick Connor soldiers through a solo recap of last weekend’s DAZN card and a preview of the ESPN, DAZN and Showtime business. It’s about as much boxing as can be crammed into 25 minutes.
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