The Neutral Corner: Episode 297 – Smith KO9 Geffrard, Russell vs Magsayo preview and more
On episode 297 of The Neutral Corner boxing podcast, host Michael Montero caught up on the upcoming fight news.
According to reports, Jessie Vargas tested positive for COVID and his bout with Liam Smith, which was scheduled for February 5 in Phoenix, has been postponed. But a highly-anticipated rematch between Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Carlos Caudras was signed to take the spot. Same date, same city.
Also, an interesting super middleweight fight between Daniel Jacobs and John Ryder is set for February 12 in the UK. And a super fight between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano is nearly done for late April in New York, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
Last Saturday at the Turning Stone Resort in upstate New York, Joe Smith Jr defended his light heavyweight title with a KO9 win over late replacement Steve Geffrard. The bout headlined a Top Rank show on ESPN.
Saturday, January 22
TGB Promotions, Showtime
Borgata Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Gary Russell Jr vs Mark Magsayo, 12rds, 126-pound title fight
QUOTES FROM THE CALLERS:
“If Crawford doesn’t end up getting the fight with Spence, can he pivot back to a Josh Taylor fight, or is that dead because of the lawsuit?” asked Andrew. “That’s a fight that I’d really love to see, I think it’s better than the Spence fight. I believe Crawford and Taylor are two of the top five fighters in the world.”
“I liked the fact that Abraham Nova came to the ring with his own cheerleaders and his own mascot,” said Nacho. “That was kind of cool; you don’t see that too much in boxing. That’s a good way of promoting yourself as a fighter when people don’t really know who you are.”
@5:27 News and Notes
@12:22 thoughts on Crawford’s lawsuit against Top Rank
@37:30 Fight Review
@40:46 Fight Preview
Michael Montero can be found on social media via @MonteroOnBoxing. His show “The Neutral Corner” can be seen every Monday on TheRingDigital YouTube channel, and heard on audio podcast platforms around the world.v