The Neutral Corner: Episode 299 – Previews of Cuadras vs Rodriguez, Thurman vs Barrios
On episode 299 of The Neutral Corner boxing podcast, host Michael Montero briefly gave his thoughts on the NFL playoffs, then got back to the boxing news.
Frank Warren successfully outbid Eddie Hearn for the rights to promote the WBC heavyweight title fight between champion Tyson Fury and mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte. Both Fury and Whyte stand to make career-high paydays if and when the fight comes off.
Also, a highly-anticipated matchup between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano is done for April 30 in New York City. Taylor will put her undisputed lightweight championship on the line against Serrano. The winner of this fight, being hyped as the biggest in the history of women’s boxing, will unquestionably be seen as the No.1 pound-for-pound female fighter in the world.
The schedule was pretty thin last week. On Saturday, January 29, Robson Conceicao rebounded from his first pro loss last September, defeating the previously unbeaten Xavier Martinez via unanimous decision. The junior lightweight bout headlined a Top Rank show that was broadcast on the EPSN+ app.
That same night in Ohio, Ilunga Makabu scored a split decision win over Thabiso Mchunu to defend his cruiserweight title. The fight headlined an untelevised show from Don King Promotions.
Saturday, February 5
Ultimate Boxxer, FiteTV PPV
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams, 12rds, 160 pounds
Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin, 10rds, 160-pound unified title bout
Matchroom Boxing, DAZN
Footprint Center, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Carlos Cuadras vs Jesse Rodriguez, 12rds, 115-pound vacant title bout
TGB Promotions, Fox PPV
Michelob Ultra Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Keith Thurman vs Mario Barrios, 12rds, 147 pounds
Luis Nery vs Carlos Castro, 10rds, 122 pounds
QUOTES FROM THE CALLERS:
“The odds on the Thurman vs Barrios fight are interesting,” said Thad. “Thurman is less than a two-to-one favorite, which is mind-boggling because Al Haymon wants to feed him to Terence Crawford. He is going to get this win over Barrios by hook or by crook.”
“Two and a half years out of the ring, Thurman has not been active,” said Nacho. “I don’t care how much time he spends in the gym sparring, that can’t replicate the same conditions of an actual fight. And Barrios has been active.”
“Keith at one time was great, but forget about it, he’s going down,” said Bryan Tate. “I would not be surprised if he gets beat by Barrios.”
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Barrios pulls the upset over the weekend,” said Rich. “I think it just goes back to the inactivity of this era of fighters. I feel like these guys just fight for a paycheck.”
@4:38 NFL playoff talk
@17:25 News and Notes
@33:20 Fight Review
@41:20 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.