Barthelemy-Saucedo, Dawson-Karpency top Oct. 4 Showtime card
Undefeated IBF junior lightweight titleholder Rances Barthelemy and former two-time light heavyweight champ Chad Dawson will co-headline a Showtime broadcast from Mashantucket, Connecticut, on Oct. 4. Barthelemy will defend against Fernando Saucedo, Dawson faces Tommy Karpency.
The show, billed as a Showtime Boxing “Special Edition,” is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Warriors Boxing.
Barthelemy (20-0, 12 knockouts) is coming off back-to-back fights with former IBF beltholder Argenis Mendez. Their first bout, in January, was ruled a no decision after Barthelemy, a Miami, Florida-based Cuban, knocked Mendez out with a punch that landed a second or two after the bell ending Round 2. Barthelemy dominated Mendez to a 12-round unanimous decision in their rematch in July, earning the IBF title he thought he won at the start of the year.
Saucedo (52-5-3, 8 KOs), a 32-year-old veteran from Argentina, has won 14 consecutive fights since dropping a unanimous decision to then-unbeaten (43-0-2) WBA featherweight titleholder Chris John in December 2010.
Dawson (32-3, 18 KOs), who is one bout removed from back-to-back stoppage losses to super middleweight champ Andre Ward and to Adonis Stevenson, who dethroned him with a one-punch first-round KO last year, is fighting in his home state for the first time in five years.
“It means a lot to me to be back fighting in front of my hometown fans, to be back on the East Coast and not in enemy territory,” Dawson stated in a press release send out on Monday. “I’m looking forward to putting on a great performance in front of my fans, friends and family in attendance.”
The choice of Karpency, a game but limited club fighter from Adah, Pennsylvania, as Dawson’s opponent is not a popular one among hardcore fans, who voiced their displeasure – along with a few high-profile boxing writers – on social media when the Showtime-televised 10-round light heavyweight contest was announced on Monday.
Since dropping a shutout decision to then-WBO titleholder Nathan Cleverly and suffering a seventh-round TKO to top-10 contender Andrzej Fonfara in 2012, Karpency (23-4-1, 14 KOs) has won two bouts against journeymen. One of his victories, in January against 23-21-2 Rayco Saunders, avenged a previous defeat.
“I’ve watched my opponent, Tommy Karpency, and I know he’s a hungry guy,” Dawson said. “He won’t be in there just for a paycheck, but I am prepared for whatever he brings.”