Loma’s return, highlights stacked weekend of boxing action
Lomachenko vs. Commey
ESPN, 6:00 p.m. PST – Saturday, December 11
While no fight could be easily summed up, this one could be with just this – can Loma avoid Commey’s big right arm?
Lomachenko, a two-time gold medalist, who fought for a world title in his second professional fight and became a world champion soon after, is a generational fighter, who fights for honor and not for l ‘money, giving up money for some of his biggest fights to do. Lomachenko is now at a crossroads, as this young generation of lightweight weights are now drawing more attention to their exploits and are simply younger and more relevant, as Lomachenko will now face for the second time in a row a former opponent of Teofimo Lopez. .
Lomachenko fights for pride, but not just any pride, pride in his father’s teaching, and the last version we saw of him in the ring looked as good as any we’ve seen before. A big win puts him in the conversation for a fight that impacts the lightweight division as a whole and changes the conversations we’ve had about this division.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lomachenko commissioned to fight George Kambosos Jnr. with stellar performance.
Jared âBig Babyâ Anderson is the American heavyweight you need to start watching ASAP. He’s an artist in and out of the ring, a larger-than-life personality, while literally being tall too. Americans love heavyweights, and right now Anderson looks like the best youngster we have.
Keyshawn Davis, the Olympic silver medalist, who is considered by many connoisseurs as the “silver man” of this Olympic class, will make his first fight as officially signed to Top Rank Inc, as a fighter. Davis turned pro before the Olympics, but due to the qualifying process he was cleared to compete as qualifying did not take place. Davis is explosive, aggressive, and also has the ability to fight from a distance and beat people with his lead hand.
Xander Zayas is everything you want in a young fighter. A good person, with good punching power, and someone you never have to worry about doing the wrong thing, at the wrong time. Zayas has been extremely active this year with six fights and is expected to be an eight-round fighter next year. Zayas is only 19, but he’s moved in a way that suggests the plan would be to have him fight for a world title around his 21st birthday.
Nico Ali Walsh, the grandson of Muhammad Ali, will fight on this card. Ali Walsh had limited amateur experience and evolves in an evolutionary way, but it will be a story of well-being for fans of one of the greatest boxers of all time.
John Bauza vs. Michael Williams Jr., a battle of two undefeated fighters, and Bauza has the highest cap, but Williams Jr. is a major X factor because he has a record which is very pretty, and sometimes likes special, but can also get in the ring. It’s a fight that I’m interested to see how it plays out.
Nonito Donaire vs. Reymart Gaballo
Showtime – 7:00 p.m. PST, Saturday, December 11
Nonito Donaire turned back time in his last fight by knocking out Nordine Oubaali to win the WBC bantamweight title, and against Reymart Gaballo he might need a similar type of performance. Donaire is the best fighter in this all-Filipino main event battle, but he’s got a number over his head that I think is important, 39.
This fight is as much about Donaire’s preparation as he is against his opponent, Gaballo. Gaballo is a very good fighter, who took a split decision victory over Emanuel Rodriguez in his last fight, but his big X factor is able to outdo people.
That main event is youth versus experience, as living legend Nonito Donaire seeks to move closer to unifying the division in 2022.
Kudratillo Abdukakhorov will face Cody Crowley in the co-main event in a tied welterweight, and some online documents say the winner of that fight might even have a chance against Errol Spence Jr. ‘one who moved to Vegas for boxing, and is determined to make his dream a job similar to that of a Chris van Heerden.
Super light and powerful Brandun Lee will look to make a statement in the opener against Juan Heraldez. Heraldez has fought against the best in the division and was recently stopped by Regis Prograis, that being said, Heraldez is very important to the division.
Custio Clayton will be back in action after his draw with Sergey Lipinets in a Showtime main event, he will face tough mate Cameron Kreal.
Cruiserweight Andrew Tabiti will also be in action on this card.
Been v. Algeri
11:00 a.m. PST, DAZN – Saturday, December 11
Conor Benn will face Chris Algieri in a 10-round welterweight bout that will seemingly tell the world to some extent, how ready Benn is for the next level. Algieri is a good boxer, but at 37 he begins to move less and use the tricks of the trade, as well as body movements to defeat his opponents. Benn will need more than power to beat Algieri, and it’s not unfathomable to imagine Algieri beating the young fighter.
Katie Taylor will face Firuza Sharipova for every women’s lightweight title the planet has ever seen. The drama of this fight is that Sharipova brought a rival to Taylor of the amateurs. That being said, Taylor is a generational talent and is expected to part ways in this fight.
Don’t be surprised if winner Joe Cordina over Miko Khatchatryan could end up close to an IBF world title in the super featherweight division against Kenichi Ogawa. With Ogawa signing on Matchroom, it seems inevitable that he will be touring the UK during his run.
In Dubai, Sunny Edwards will face Jayson Mama, as he looks to defend his IBF flyweight title. Edwards, outside of Leigh Wood, is one of the UK’s top emerging fighters. On that same card, one of the biggest stories of the past year, John Riel Casimero takes on Paul Butler, for Casimero’s WBO bantamweight title, as Casimero appears to have parted ways with previous management ties and appears to become more international once again.
2020 Olympic gold medalist Bakhodir Jalolov will fight on this card, which is remarkable, as well as boxing legend Donnie Nietes will face Norbelto Jimenez, in a WBA junior bantamweight eliminator.
Dmitry Bivol will randomly fight Umar Salamov as Bivol defend his WBA light heavyweight title. The fight will also take place on Saturday morning on DAZN. Bivol looks like COVID-19 has really stalled his career.
Friday, December 10 – Montebello, Tom Loeffler’s 360 promotions return with a smaller show focusing on Los Angeles boxing royalty, Ben Lira, as two of his fighters Adrian Corona and Ruben Islas will be featured. Additionally, cruiserweight Marco Deckman will be on this card.
In London, off American television, Stephen McKenna, who was developed on the Golden Boy Promotions boxing cards, will be back in action. I’ve always enjoyed him on the come-up, and now âThe Silencerâ is a ten-round fighter in the welterweight division.
Former two-time world title challenger Jesse Hart will also fight on Saturday night in Philly.
Former Olympian Christian Mbilli will face Ronald Ellis in Pennsylvania, and one of my favorite prospects, Angel Perez, will also be on that card.
MMA in 500 words or less.
Saturday, December 11, 7:00 p.m. PST PPV, 5:00 p.m. PST ESPN undercard
Charles Oliveira will look to defend his lightweight title against Dustin Poirier, in a battle of two fighters who have dedicated more than a decade of their lives to the UFC. Poirier holds the trademark victory over Conor McGregor, not one, but two, and Oliveira ousted Michael Chandler for the title. It’s the battle of two guys who won their place and got nothing – love to see it.
Co-lead, best female MMA fighter of all time, Amanda Nunes looks to make another title defense as she holds the featherweight and bantamweight titles simultaneously, as she takes on Juliana Pena. What makes this fight interesting is that Pena chatted a lot, which is now making people curious to see what is going to happen.
Santiago Ponzinibbio will face Geoff Neal in a fight that should see the winner advance to the next level of the UFC welterweight division.
Cody Garbrandt returns to face Kai Kara-France after a seven-month layoff, his last fight having been a loss to Rob Font, who lost last week to Jose Aldo.
Sean O’Malley rounds out the main card as he’s a big personality both in and out of the ring. O’Malley is what the Internet would love, if it could fight.
Josh Emmett vs. Dan Ige is a battle between two good fighters at similar times in their careers. Emmett is a guy from Sacramento and Ige works in MMA management while being a full time fighter.
Dominick Cruz will face Pedro Munoz as the UFC legend will be looking to win one more title to his historic career.