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What (else) to watch during KSI-Logan Paul weekend

The struggle receiving most of consideration this weekend is the battle between YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul at Staples Middle in Los Angeles. In August 2018, the 2 social media professionals met at Manchester Area in England and fought to a six-round majority draw. The printed produced an enormous on-line viewers and procured important pay-per-view numbers.

Therefore the rematch Saturday, underneath skilled guidelines. Ali-Frazier it’s not, however you may’t knock the hustle.

Whereas it is an occasion that makes many die-hard followers and traditionalists cringe, it is also a possibility to showcase some promising fighters on a giant stage within the lead-up to the insanity. Between the KSI-Logan Paul undercard and a Prime Rank card with a junior light-weight world title most important occasion, there may be loads of boxing to take pleasure in this weekend.

The combating marine in Fresno

WBO junior light-weight world titlist Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring (20-2, 10 KOs), who gained his belt by outboxing Masayuki Ito on Might 25, makes his first protection of that title in opposition to the undefeated Lamont Roach Jr. (19-0-1, 7 KOs).

It headlines a Prime Rank card on ESPN+, and takes place at Chukchansi Park — a minor league baseball stadium that sometimes serves as the house of the Fresno Grizzlies, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

Along with his current run of success within the ring, Herring has handled extraordinary challenges in his life. He served two excursions in Iraq as a part of the Marine Corps, and suffered the lack of an toddler daughter, Ariyana, in 2009 from sudden toddler demise syndrome.

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He did not come by current successes simply. The 2012 U.S. Olympian hit a tough patch in his profession in 2016 and 2017, when he misplaced two out of three fights (to Denis Shafikov, and later Ladarius Miller), and he reached knowledgeable crossroads.

Since then he has gained 4 fights in a row and located himself as a boxer after becoming a member of the camp of WBO welterweight titlist Terence Crawford.

Quite a bit is on the road this weekend for Herring. With a victory, he may land on a serious card being deliberate for China in early February, and Carl Frampton has been talked about as a potential opponent for 2020, amongst others.

First he has to get by Roach, for whom it is a main step up in competitors. Roach most lately was featured on the Canelo Alvarez-Daniel Jacobs undercard in Might, scoring a choice victory over Jonathan Oquendo.

Herring’s service within the navy might be highlighted in a serious approach Saturday evening. Native struggle promoter Rick Mirigian mentioned there might be a flyby from naval air jets and fireworks. Marines from Camp Pendleton additionally will line up throughout Herring’s entrance as he is led into the ring by a navy convoy.

Devin Haney makes his first title protection

WBC light-weight titleholder Devin Haney defends his light-weight world title as a part of the KSI-Logan Paul undercard in Los Angeles. Jack Thomas/Getty Photos

Haney (23-0, 15 KOs) will defend his light-weight world title for the primary time in opposition to an unknown and untested Alfredo Santiago (12-0, four KOs) as a part of the KSI-Paul card.

Some would dismiss the proficient younger Haney as a “paper champion,” given the truth that he did not truly seize his WBC world light-weight title within the ring. Haney was promoted from interim to full titleholder by the WBC after the sanctioning physique elevated Vasiliy Lomachenko as a “franchise champion.”

Haney made it clear that he has no such reservations.

“I really feel like a world champion — I labored my approach up,” Haney mentioned. “I knew that, presumably, profitable the interim title would result in Lomachenko vacating, or being franchise. I labored my approach up. I knew precisely what I used to be doing and it occurred the best way it occurred and may’t no person take that away from me.”

There isn’t any denying the expertise of the 20-year-old Haney, who, in contrast to different potential challengers, is critical about going through Lomachenko within the close to future. He’s a quick, technically sound boxer whose punching energy is coming alongside as he develops bodily.

What’s extra, he completely believes that if it had been as much as Lomachenko, they’d face each other contained in the ring.

“I feel, truthfully, if it had been as much as him, he’d face me — however his crew does not really feel prefer it,” Haney mentioned. “There are simpler fights on the market.”

No matter how he “gained” his first main world title, his expertise — and simply as importantly, his focus and work ethic — are plain, and it appears like he might be a pillar of the game for the subsequent decade.

Saunders makes his stateside debut

WBO tremendous middleweight world titlist Billy Joe Saunders makes his U.S. debut on Saturday. Leigh Dawney/Getty Photos

Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 15 KOs), who’s now the defending WBO tremendous middleweight titlist, will face Marcelo Coceres (28-0, 13 KOs) in his first bout on American soil because the co-feature to Saturday evening’s spectacle in Los Angeles. The outspoken Saunders lately instructed ESPN that he would not have been a part of the undercard in an occasion like this if it was in England, however he believed this was a possibility to additional his model in a big media market.

That call comes with some stress, and expectations of truly opening just a few eyes. Whereas he is bombastic outdoors the ring, he has typically been a bit boring within it as soon as the bell rings. That is why, regardless of having gained titles at 160 and 168, he is been unnoticed of the combination when it comes to the marquee fights obtainable in both division.

For his half, Saunders says he is able to shake that status, beginning with Saturday’s struggle. Given the prospect, Saunders needs to “introduce my title and my star with my fists, and present them the extent I must be at.”

Arihant Chopra
Arihant Chopra has been working in the Sports industry. He currently contributes for Trevino by writing about sports content. He started his career with Trevino to get started as a journalist.


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