Boxing just added more events to the fourth quarter calendar which was already looking good from Showtime’s announced bouts back in August. According to ESPN the following fights are confirmed:
October 31st: Uysk vs Chisora at heavyweight in a clash rescheduled from May. Usyk is the WBO’s top contender and like Dillian Whyte he risks his title shot by facing Derek Chisora. If Usyk gets past Chisora he and his team have stated that they will pursue their right to face Tyson Fury even if that gets in the way of a third Wilder fight or the big unification clash with Anthony Joshua. Of course Fury would probably dump the belt for the bigger fight but it would spoil us of the chance to see all four belts around one man’s waist.
October 30th: Mungia vs Johnson at middleweight has been announced for a California clash. Mungia is the moved up 154 lb. WBO titlist who out grew his division and stopped Gary O’Sullivan in his debut. Johnson has been a long time contender at middleweight and should be a real test to see where Mungia stands in the division. Mungia was constantly criticized for being a massive 154 lber and getting a robbery victory over Hogan in his final title fight. This is a real step up in class for Mungia and is a chance to silence his critics. For Johnson this is likely his last chance at glory and a win here could get him the elusive title shot he has been seeking.
October 23rd: DAZN tripleheader of title fights at 115 lbs. and Flyweight. Juan Francisco Estrada rematches Carlos Cuadras after a close encounter saw Estrada eek out a decision on all three cards by one point behind a knockdown. Cuadras also fought Chocalitito Gonzalez to a close decision as well. Gonzalez continues his run as he defends his newly won title from his comeback of the year type of win over Khalid Yafai. He faces Israel Gonzales and if both he and Estrada are victorious they will rematch. Their first fight dates back to 2012 and has been a highly demanded rematch by hardcore fans since Estrada’s big win over Brian Viloria. Also featured is Julio Cesar Martinez, best known for his knockout ruled no contest against Charlie Edwards, Martinez eventually secured the WBC Flyweight title and defends it against Maximino Flores.
Up in the air for December 12th is a clash at 130 lbs. as Miguel Berchelt looks to defend his WBC title for the 7th time against former WBO featherweight titlist Oscar Valdez. Both were slated to fight in May but that was put on hold. Both won on ESPN cards this summer with Berchelt winning handily and Valdez struggling but eventually overcoming and stopping Jayson Velez. Also up in the air is a November 14th clash between WBO welterweight titlist and leading pound for pound talent Terrance Crawford and former IBF welterweight titlist Kell Brook.
Canelo Alvarez enters mediation with DAZN and Golden Boy Promotions as his initial lawsuit was thrown out on a technicality. DAZN is trying to get Alvarez to agree to a $20 million dollar guarantee with bonuses based on brought in subscribers (really feels like they should have done this from the start). Golden Boy is the target of Alvarez’s legal offensive based on demands to fight on another network while DAZN was sorting things out. Golden Boy provided not alternatives and Alvarez responded in trying to get out of his contract. The good news in all of this is that with the mediation going on and the lawsuit technically in a sit still he can fight in 2020! Will an agreement be reached and a worthwhile opponent be secured before December, who knows but lets see!