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The Neutral Corner Ep. 257 Recap (Estrada vs Gonzalez 2 preview; real talk on Claressa Shields and women’s boxing)

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Mar

On episode 257 of The Neutral Corner boxing podcast, host Michael Montero caught up on the latest news in the fight game, and gave plenty of opinions as well.

It was recently announced that undefeated American lightweight Devin Haney and former champion Jorge Linares have agreed to terms to fight in May (location/venue TBA). Montero argued that Haney must not only dominate Linares, who has been stopped five times in his career, but knock him out to keep pace with Ryan Garcia’s win over Luke Campbell last year.

After this weekend, Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) has no fights scheduled on the calendar. The only bout that has been reported (but not yet officially announced) is a PPV card headlined by former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr and long-faded former contender Chris Arreola. At present, none of PBC’s biggest stars (Gervonta Davis, the Charlo brothers, Deontay Wilder) have fights scheduled. 

Meanwhile, rival promoters such as Matchroom, Golden Boy and Top Rank have officially announced events  scheduled through May.

Montero also opined on Claressa Shields and her self-proclaimed “GWOAT” (Greatest Woman of All Time) status. RING currently rates lightweight champion Katie Taylor at no. 1 pound for pound, and Shields no. 2, which some fans deem controversial. However, Taylor has defeated two fighters currently rated on RING’s pound for pound top ten list, compared to zero for Shields. To date, the Michigan native has won two world titles at 168-pounds and five each at 160-pounds and 154-pounds. However, eight of those twelve titles were vacant and five of them were inaugural belts. Montero argues that although Shields has the hardware, Taylor has faced the better opposition, and that is what matters the most.

REVIEW:

There were two major fight cards of note last week.

On Thursday, March 4 in Puerto Rico, Brandon Adams scored a come-from-behind stoppage win over the previously unbeaten Serhii Bohachuk. The Ukrainian was ahead on all three official scorecards when Adams caught him with an explosive left hook toward the end of the eighth round. Bohachuk was dropped hard from the shot, made it back to his feet, but was badly hurt, and referee Ramon Pena immediately called off the bout.

On Friday, multi-division champion Claressa Shields headlined an independently-streamed PPV card from Flint, Michigan. Shields, the former unified super middleweight titleholder and undisputed middleweight champion, consolidated all of the junior middleweight titles with a UD10 win over Marie-Eve Decaire.

PREVIEW:

Wednesday, March 10

DiBella Entertainment, Showtime

Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT

Brandun Lee vs Samuel Teah, 10rds, 147 pounds

 

Friday, March 12

Matchroom Boxing, DAZN

Workpoint Studio, Pathum Thani, Thailand

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs Kwanthai Sithmorseng, 10rds, 118 pounds

 

Saturday, March 13

TGB Promotions, Showtime

Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT

David Benavidez vs Ronald Ellis, 12rds, 168 pounds

 

Matchroom Boxing, DAZN

American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

Juan Francisco Estrada vs Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez, 115-pound title fight

Hiroto Kyoguchi vs Axel Aragon Vega, 108-pound title fight

Jessica McCaskill vs Cecilia Braekhus, undisputed 147-pound championship

 

TIME STAMPS:

@8:42 News and Notes

@14:08 rant on Claressa Shields and women’s boxing

@35:02 Fight Review (Adams TKO8 Bohachuk)

@38:50 Fight Preview (PBC on Showtime, Estrada vs Gonzalez 2)

Michael Montero can be found on social media via @MonteroOnBoxing. His podcast “The Neutral Corner” can be seen every Monday on TheRingDigital YouTube channel, and heard on audio podcast platforms around the world.