Shawn Porter vs Errol Spence Jr.
Pound for Pound fighter, former Olympian and IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. is set to take on the always-entertaining WBC champ Shawn Porter in a welterweight unification bout. Errol Spence Jr. is 25-0, with 21 knockouts and comes off a unanimous decision annihilation of Mikey Garcia. Shawn Porter is 30-2-1 with his two losses being to Keith Thurman and Kell Brook. His last fight was a less convincing split decision win over Yordenis Ugas. Both fighters are hoping to unify the belts and move forward to clean out the division versus Manny Pacquiao and Terence Crawford.
Anthony Dirrell vs David Benavidez
WBC super-middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell (33-1-1) will make a mandatory defense of his belt against unbeaten former titleholder tested positive for the banned substance benzoylecgonine, the key ingredient in cocaine and was stripped of his title and received a four months-long suspension through February 2019. The WBC then ordered Anthony Dirrell to fight Avni Yildrim for the vacant belt. Dirrell won this fight by technical split decision after the fight was stopped in the 10th because of cut caused by an accidental headbutt, giving him the belt that is now at stake. Benavidez has made it clear that the belt is his and he is going to do whatever it takes to get it back.
John Molina Jr. vs Josesito Lopez
This one is sure to be a slugfest and has the potential to be the most exciting fight on the card. Josesito Lopez (36-8, 19 KO) will face John Molina Jr. (30-8, 24 KO). John Molina Jr.’s last fight was a unanimous decision loss to Omar Figureroa Jr. Molina was set to fight Sergey Lipinets on the Thurman/Pacquiao undercard but had to withdraw the day before the fight when he suffered a back injury. Josesito Lopez is coming off a majority decision loss to Keith Thurman where he put forth an impressive performance and came very close to knocking Thurman out. Lopez looked too good in this fight and has struggled to find an opponent since. If there is one single fighter tougher than John Molina Jr., it is Josesito Lopez. This is a true battle of two warriors.
Mario Barrios vs Batyr Akhmedov
Somebody’s -0 has got to go. This will be a battle between unbeaten fighters on the rise. 24-year-old Mario Barrios is 24-0 with 16 knockouts. He has had 8 consecutive stoppages in all 8 of his bouts since moving up to 140. 28-year-old Batyr Akhmedov who represented Turkey at the 2017 Olympic games and turned pro in 2017 is 7-0 with 6 knockouts. The winner will claim the vacant WBA regular super lightweight title.
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