Teofimo Lopez, coming off a occupation making earn around Vasyl Lomachenko, was heading to carry on his march to superstardom last weekend, likely by long delayed necessary contender George Kambosos and on to more substantial things.
That was the plan.
For most of the boxing planet, it was the assumption.
What is it they say about assumptions?
More than the subsequent week and improve, the outdated cliche could be tested once more and it won’t be poor for boxing followers. Six consensus top rated ten fighters at light-weight deal with off in three intriguing matches starting off this Saturday. The favorites are apparent.
Devin Haney, Gervonta Davis, and Vasyl Lomachenko are supposed to acquire their following contests. Workforce Kambosos need to root for all of them.
Kambosos finds himself in a rare place in boxing, coming off a get that not only built him a champion but also bought him a lottery ticket. He gained at a great time when the discipline at light-weight is comprehensive of possible threats whose teams have pockets at the rear of them. There are parallels to the aftermath of upsets like James Braddock-Max Baer and Buster Douglas-Mike Tyson, if on a more compact scale.
A decline by any lowers the ability of the Kambosos group to store for the ideal deal for their dude.
All of the coming fights are very good adequate on their very own to make any upcoming palace intrigue much less attention-grabbing than the fights at hand for now. If there is to be a further upset together the way, where would it occur?
Let’s look at them from the very least to most harmful.
Least Danger: Gervonta Davis-Isaac Cruz
The establish to Sunday’s shell out-per-check out battle (Showtime PPV, 8 PM EST) possibly finished up with a lot less soundbites than a Davis-Rolly Romero struggle was poised to. Build doesn’t matter after the bell rings. Rolly Romero’s outdoors the ring troubles show up to have designed for an improved primary celebration.
Davis (25-, 24 KO) will square off with Isaac Cruz (22-1-1, 15 KO) in a style clash with assure. Both of those men like to throw far more than they like to duck, but in Davis’s circumstance he’s far improved at the latter than Cruz. Davis has become 1 of the greater ticket attractions in the United States and Cruz shouldn’t hurt his fanfare.
That is not to say Cruz doesn’t have a shot. He has some pop, is nonetheless learning at just 23, and can go for broke on Sunday evening. Even so, Cruz wins coming forward and that suggests strolling into the electrical power of Davis. It could be a poor recipe.
Far more Hazardous: Devin Haney-Joseph Diaz
Depending on who is inquiring when, Devin Haney (26-, 15 KO) is the WBC lightweight titlist. It is a mess of WBA proportions outside the ring. Inside the ring, DAZN (Saturday, 8 PM EST) has a rock stable key celebration this weekend.
Haney boxed beautifully against veteran Jorge Linares for most of 9 rounds in his very last outing. In the vicinity of the stop of the tenth, Linares harm him and Haney spent the final 6 minutes creating sure it failed to come about all over again. Haney is young, gifted, and nevertheless proving his area. He handed the very first serious check.
Haney has a different test this weekend. Former Jr. light-weight titlist and 2012 US Olympian Joseph Diaz (32-1-1, 15 KO) doesn’t present the identical power threat Linares did but he’s the sort of battler who is fantastic by way of the sum of his parts. Diaz is well schooled, experienced, educated to the physique, and when in his most effective shape maintains a strong action level. Diaz also has a very good chin. Haney is likely to have a full night on his hands. Normally bigger and faster, he must get but Diaz is reside.
Most Harmful: Vasyl Lomachenko-Richard Commey
1 7 days immediately after the higher than two fights, we could have a extremely attention-grabbing clash on our fingers.
Lomachenko (15-2, 11 KO), the two-time Olympic gold medalist, two-time entire world amatuer winner, and a few-division former expert titlist, seemed like his old self in battering Masayoshi Nakatani in his return from a defeat to Teofimo Lopez. Commey, a previous IBF lightweight titlist, (30-3, 27 KO) has also fought as soon as due to the fact a reduction to Lopez. Commey stopped Jackson Marinez a single struggle following numerous felt Marinez was denied a rightful victory over Rolly Romero.
Commey is a quite excellent fighter who has come up small only versus other incredibly superior fighters. He has authentic electrical power, a storing jab, and has for a longer period arms than Lomachenko. If Commey comes in with the sensation that this could be his past, very best massive shot, the hazard mounts. The jab of Lopez froze Lomachenko for various rounds. Can Commey abide by some of that blueprint? He’s got the seasoning and Lomachenko is not the form of unexpected electricity threat to Commey that Teofimo Lopez was.
These are all good, severe fights. They increase the photo at lightweight and set the stage for 2022 in a great way. The favorites are favorites for a purpose and getting as a result of what threat lies in advance is what we must presume will come about.
For as a lot as assumptions are worth.
Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, a member of the Worldwide Boxing Exploration Group, and a member of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America.