Lemieux Stevens anyone? Stylistically these two big hitters will surely generate some fireworks.
A fun fight in the middleweight division between two men who have both shared the ring with division destroyer Gennady Golovkin and both been stopped by the knockout artist.
The news was officially confirmed by Golden Boy Promotions this week:
Nice to see HBO dipping into boxing again, despite talks that their interest in the sport is finally waning with rival network Showtime seemingly going from strength to strength in the sport at present.
Admittedly, this isn’t a massive fight for them, but it’s still a genuinely competitive and entertaining bout that should do relatively decent ratings given the fact both men have appeared on the network before, and possess fan-friendly styles more importantly.
Both guys are currently on a two fight win streak since suffering their last respective defeats, so the winner could very well end up back at the very top of the 160lbs picture – which inevitably will put them in line for the likes of Golovkin, Jacobs, Saunders and co.
The fight also represents another fight date for New York State (Verona) which is nice to see, considering the talks last year that boxing might not be in the State for a very long time following the previous insurance issues in New York for combat sports.
Onwards and upwards for New York boxing in 2017.