The Neutral Corner – Episode 321: Chisora edges Pulev, Tommy Fury ducks Jake Paul, Ryan Garcia returns
On episode 321 of The Neutral Corner boxing podcast, host Michael Montero returned from a two-week hiatus to catch up on the latest news and rumors.
Most notably, Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez has been added to the Canelo-GGG3 card on 17 September in Las Vegas. The undefeated junior bantamweight title holder from San Antonio, Texas, currently ranked number three by The Ring, will face rugged Mexican veteran Israel Gonzalez in the co-main event.
On Saturday July 2, undefeated heavyweight contender Joe Joyce scored a TKO4 win over experienced veteran Christian Hammer in London. That same day in Australia, Jai Opetaia scored an upset unanimous decision win over Mairis Briedis to claim the Ring and IBF cruiserweight world titles.
On Saturday July 9, Derek Chisora eked out a split decision win over Kubrat Pulev in London. The rematch of heavyweight rivals headlined a Matchroom Boxing show on DAZN. Pulev won their first bout in 2016 by split decision. In the co-main, Israil Madrimov and Michel Soro fought to a disappointing technical draw in a rematch of junior middleweights. A head butt caused a cut over Soro’s left eye, prompting the referee to stop the bout.
That same day in San Antonio, Texas, Rey Vargas beat Mark Magsayo by split decision to claim the WBC featherweight title. The fight headlined a PBC card on Showtime. In the co-main, Brandon Figueroa scored a TKO6 win over Brian Castro in a featherweight bout.
Friday, July 15
Top Rank, ESPN
Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Arnold Barboza vs Danielito Zorrilla, 10rds, 140 pounds
Saturday, July 16
Golden Boy Promotions, DAZN
Cyrypto.com Arena, Los Angeles
Ryan Garcia vs Javier Fortuna, 12rds, 135 pounds
@9:47 News and Notes
@30:46 Fight Review
@49:26 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.