Boxing Preview 4/26-4/27

Another weekend of the sweet science is coming at us from all different sources. DAZN has two major cards, Showtime has a card, and ESPN+ has a card (insane I know), so hopefully all you fight fans out there have multiple tv’s in order to catch all the action.

Friday April 26

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Who: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1 41 KO’s) vs. Juan Francisco Estrada (38-3 26 KO’s)

Where: The Forum, Los Angeles

When: 7:30pm EST/4:30pm PST

How: DAZN

Implications: What an awesome rematch this is for the 115 lb. division. Most people know the story, Roman Gonzalez the PFP number 1 after Floyd retired lost his crown to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (SSR) and then got knocked out cold in their rematch. After that SSR fought the incredibly tough Estrada and beat him on very close scorecards. Since then both have had fights against no hopers in order to try and preserve this rematch.

Well it is here ladies and gentlemen and the first fight was a an absolute barn burner, so why would this second fight not deliver. Both of these guys are skilled, aggressive, and incredibly tough to give us all the makings of a great title fight.

I still do favor the power of SSR to buzz Estrada and make him think twice about firing, so I think SSR will win enough rounds to win a second decision.

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*Undercard Notes

This is a massive unification fight in the co main event between WBA super bantamweight champion Daniel Roman (26-2-1 10 KO’s) vs. IBF super bantamweight champion T.J. Doheny (21-0 15 KO’s). Roman started his career 8-2-1 but has not lost since and has looked excellent in his title fights so far. Doheny, the Irishman, kind of came out of nowhere to grab the IBF belt on foreign soil and looks like a beast at the weight. I do think Roman though is younger and still improving, so I do think he will get the better of Doheny in a very close decision. This could be a rematch type of fight as well!

Saturday April 27

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Who: Regis Prograis (23-0 19 KO’s) vs. Kiryl Relikh (23-2 19 KO’s)

Where: Cajundome, Lafayette

When: 10pm EST/7pm PST

How: DAZN

Implications: This Saturday in Lafayette, Louisiana is the second round of the World Boxing Super Series 140 lb. and 118 lb. Tournament. The main event features a local Louisiana native Regis Prograis who is a rising star in boxing. He has looked better and better in recent fights and is the favorite to win this tournament in my mind. His opponent Kiryl Relikh is the WBA super lightweight champion and is looking to show that he belongs in this tournament.

Prograis is a southpaw that has strong boxing skills and a lot of power for the weight class, and since Relikh seems to do his best work when he backs his opponents up, Prograis will look to be aggressive. If he gets backed up against the ropes he will have to withstand a quick onslaught but if he does he will win this fight.

I have Prograis by Decision here.

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*Undercard Notes

A fun co main event as we have the semifinals of the WBSS Bantamweight tournament between WBO Champion Zolani Tete (28-3 21 KO’s) vs. 4 division champ and WBA champion Nonito Donaire (39-5 25 KO’s) was supposed to happen. However, Tete just got hurt this week so in comes Stephon Young (18-1-3 7 KO’s) as a replacement. While Donaire pulled an upset against Ryan Burnett after Burnett retired in the 4th round with an injury, he will be the favorite here now to reach the tournament final. This is sad because the original fight should have been great, and I just think Donaire will walk through Young at this point.

Nonito Donaire by 9th round stoppage.

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Saturday April 27

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Who: Robert Easter Jr. (21-1 14 KO’s) vs. Rances Barthelemy (27-1 14 KO’s 1 NC)

Where: Cajundome, Lafayette

When: 10pm EST/7pm PST

How: Showtime

Implications: Showtime did not want to be left out of the mix so they are putting on a mid level fight that they are passing off as a high level fight. They are throwing two fake belts (in the world of belts we live in that is saying something) to try and up the value of the fight, but be smarter than that. This is two higher level lightweights but not champions. Easter just lost to Mikey Garcia and Barthelemy recently lost to Kyril Relikh and is moving down in weight.

Both guys have skills, but I think Easter is the better range fighter and will get the better of Barthelemy over the rounds. Easter wins the decision here.

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*Undercard Notes

EFE AJAGBA time ladies and gentlemen!! He has just been flattening people since his pro debut and do not expect that to stop this weekend. I really dont even care who he is fighting because I will be watching no matter what. I have Efe by second round KO.

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I hope everyone enjoys the fights!

*My pound for pound list can be found here.

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