By Olu Allen
The Undefeated David Benavidez (24-0, 21 KOs) will be fighting Jose Uzcategui (31-4, 26 KOs) next month in a 12 round WBC super-middleweight title eliminator on August 28th at the Phoenix Suns Arena.
The former two-time WBC super-middleweight title-holder Benavidez and former IBF champion Uzcategui will be headlining on SHOWTIME.
Benavidez, 24, is familiar with Uzcategui from having sparred with him in the past, so he knows what he brings to the table.
Uzcategui comes into the contest with a two-fight winning streak, and he’s hoping to pick up his third straight win.
The winner of the contest will be the mandatory challenger to WBC 168-lb champion Canelo Alvarez.
We’ll see if Canelo vacates his WBC title if Benavidez becomes his mandatory. Canelo hasn’t shown the inclination to want to share the ring with Benavidez.
In another news some boxing experts feel Jermell Charlo could be biting off more than he can chew this Saturday, July 17th, when he faces all-action fighter Brian Castano in the main event for the undisputed junior middleweight championship at the AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas.
If Charlo loses this fight against the non-stop puncher Castano, we’ll see a rematch. Charlo won’t want to walk away from the loss without trying to avenge it.
For many casual boxing fans, they’re assuming this will be an easy task for IBF/WBA/WBC 154-lb champion Charlo (34-1, 18 KOs) to defeat the highly experienced WBO belt-holder Castano (17-0-1, 12 KOs).
But we may see Jermell, 31, suffer his second career defeat, and it could be by knockout. Castano, 31, has a high-pressure style that Charlo has never seen before as a professional, and it’s going to be interesting to see how he deals with what he brings.
Someone is not still happy about his defeat and so he looking pass his upcoming fight for the biggie. The French- Cameroonian CARLOS TAKAM is gunning for Anthony Joshua once he has sorted out Joe Joyce at SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday July 24, live on BT Sport.
The French powerhouse stepped in at just over one week’s notice to challenge AJ for his WBA and IBF World Heavyweight titles in October 2017.
He went down fighting in Cardiff, losing in ten rounds to the defending champion with many fans insisting that the stoppage was premature.
And there won’t just be Joyce’s WBO International, WBC Silver and Commonwealth titles on the line at Wembley.
KO King Joyce (12-0, 11 KOs) is ranked number two by the WBO and will be elevated into the mandatory position after Joshua has defended that title against current top contender Oleksandr Usyk.
I don’t see Takam winning. It is time for Joyce to have the big fight. And Takam will make all the preparation he needs.
The COVID-19 issue has spoilt the July great bout but below is the bouts calendar for AUGUST:
July 31: Brentwood, Essex, England.
Conor Benn vs. Adrian Granados, 12 rounds, welterweights
Tommy McCarthy vs. Chris Billam-Smith, 12 rounds, for McCarthy’s European cruiserweight title and Billam-Smith’s Commonwealth cruiserweight title
Title fight: Shannon Courtenay vs. TBA, 10 rounds, for Courtenay’s WBA women’s bantamweight title
Anthony Fowler vs. Roberto Garcia, 10 rounds, junior middleweights
Avni Yildrim vs. Jack Cullen, 10 rounds, super middleweights
Campbell Hatton vs. TBA, 4 rounds, lightweights
Sandy Ryan vs. TBA, rounds TBA, women’s junior welterweights
Aug. 3: New York
Michael Hunter vs. Mike Wilson, 12 rounds, WBA heavyweight eliminator
Chris Algieri vs. TBA, 10 rounds, welterweights
Aug. 6: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Michael Conlan vs. TJ Doheny, 10 rounds, junior featherweights.
Lee McGregor vs. Vincent Legrand, 12 rounds, bantamweights.
Zhankosh Turarov vs. Tyrone McKenna, 10 rounds, junior welterweights.
Aug. 7: Brentwood, Essex, England (DAZN).
Kid Galahad vs. Jazza Dickens, 12 rounds, for the vacant IBF featherweight title.
Maxim Prodan vs. Florian Marku, 10 rounds, welterweights.
Fabio Wardley vs. Nick Webb, 10 rounds, heavyweights.
Alen Babic vs. Mark Bennett, 6 rounds, heavyweights.
Ebanie Bridges vs. Bec Connolly, rounds TBA, women’s bantamweights.
Johnny Fisher vs. Josh Sandland, rounds TBA, heavyweights.
Ellie Scotney vs. TBA, 6 rounds, women’s junior featherweights.
Aqib Fiaz vs. TBA, rounds TBA, lightweights.
Aug. 14: Las Vegas
Title fight: Joshua Franco vs. Andrew Maloney, 12 rounds, for Franco’s WBA “regular” junior bantamweight title.
Nico Ali Walsh vs. TBD, TBD rounds, TBD weight class.
Aug. 14: TBA
Title fight: Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos Jr., 12 rounds, for Lopez’s IBF, WBA and WBO lightweight titles.
Andy Vences vs. Jono Carroll, 10 rounds, junior lightweights.
Franchon Crews Dezurn vs. Elin Cederroos, 10 rounds, for Crews Dezurn’s WBC and WBO super middleweight titles and Cederroos’ IBF and WBA super middleweight titles.
Aug. 14: Los Angeles
Title fight: John Riel Casimero vs. TBA, 12 rounds, for Casimero’s WBO bantamweight title.
Gabriel Maestre vs. Cody Crowley, 12 rounds, welterweights.
Aug. 14: Brentwood, Essex, England
Joshua Buatsi vs. Ricards Bolotniks, 12 rounds, light heavyweights.
Michael McKinson vs. Przemyslaw Runowski, 10 rounds, welterweights.
Raymond Ford vs. Reece Bellotti, 10 rounds, featherweights.
Savannah Marshall vs. TBA, 10 rounds, for Marshall’s WBO middleweight title.
Ukashir Farooq vs. TBA, 10 rounds, bantamweights.
Felix Cash vs. TBA, 4 rounds, middleweights.
Natasha Jonas vs. TBA, 6 rounds, lightweights.
Hopey Price vs. TBA, 4 rounds, junior featherweights.
Aug. 21: Las Vegas
Title fight: Errol Spence Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao, 12 rounds, for Spence’s WBC and IBF welterweight titles.
Aug. 28: TBA
Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley, 8 rounds, cruiserweights
Aug. 28: TBA
David Benavidez vs. Jose Uzcategui, 12 rounds, WBC super-middleweight title eliminator.