SAN DIEGO, November 26, 2015 – Las Vegas, New York, and London are on anyone’s list of great cities for boxing. Add Montreal and Dallas. Knowledgeable, enthusiastic fans fill the seats, especially when hometown favorites are in the lineup.
The Thanksgiving Saturday holiday boxing buffet starts at 3 p.m. ET/12 noon PT with a Premier Boxing Champions card from The Bomb Factory in Dallas, featuring Texas native Jermall Charlo vs. Wilky Campfort in the main event, and another Texas resident, Errol Spence vs. Alejandro Barrera on the undercard.
Charlo (22-0, 17 KOs) score the biggest win in his career just three months ago with a dominating performance over Cornelius “K9” Brundage. Charlo decided to get right back in the ring while he’s on a hot streak. His opponent Campfort (21-1-0, 12 KOs) is one of many Haitian fighters based in Florida. Campfort is known as a never say die opponent who will get off the canvas and keep on coming. He hasn’t faced many distinguished opponents – well, make that none – and this will be his first 12 round bout. Campfort’s toughness will get a serious test from Charlo.
Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (18-0, 15 KOs) has turned out to be the class of the 2012 men’s U.S Olympic Boxing team. He fights southpaw Alejandro Barrera (28-2, 18 KOs), one of many solid but not distinguished Mexican warriors who will give his best, but won’t be able to rough up Spence enough to stop him. Spence is too skilled, and getting more skilled day by day. He hasn’t gone past the eighth round in a single one of his fights since turning professional three years ago. This will be his first 12 round fight, but it hardly matters. He won’t see the championship rounds. Spence is hovering just outside the top ten ranked welterweights with a lot of big names fighting for their place in the division. If Spence is patient and takes his time to perfect his skills, his time at the top will come.
Fans will get to see the heavyweight bout between Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury live on HBO at 4:45 p.m. ET/1:45 p.m., and then a replay of last weekend’s middleweight title fight between Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez along with the Fight of the Year candidate on the same card, Francisco Vargas vs. Takashi Miura. Do NOT miss this one.
The evening ends at the new Videotron Centre in Montreal on Showtime, with Romanian born Canadian Lucien Bute (32-2, 25 KOs) working his way back into the heart of the super middleweight division against British titleholder James DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs). The Showtime bouts begin at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.
Bute had a rough go of things after his 2012 TKO title loss to Carl Froch, barely getting a decision against Denis Grachev, and then losing a tough fight in January 2014 to Jean Pascal. After 19 months out of the ring, Bute made a successful return against the lightly regarded Andrea Di Luisa in August with a fourth-round knockout.
Bute now faces James DeGale, the 29-year-old titleholder from England. DeGale is coming off a unanimous decision victory against Andre Dirrell, knocking Dirrell down twice early in a fight he wasn’t expected to win in front of a hostile crowd in Boston. He will be back in front of another crowd cheering against him, but DeGale says he’s an old-school champion who will defend his title anywhere. DeGale is Britain’s only Olympic gold medalist who’s gone on to win a professional world title. DeGale is calling for a knockout victory over Bute before the fight is halfway finished.
Bute will have to buck history; no Quebec boxing champion has ever gotten a title back after losing it. It is hard to believe Bute has shaken off the ring rust from being out so long. His recent victory gave him very little time in the ring to ensure he’s back on track. Bute will have the support of 15,000 fans in the seats, and no one has ever accused him of holding back. He will give all he has. But his stock has fallen, while DeGale’s is on the rise.
Also on the Showtime card as the co-feature is a light heavyweight title elimination fight between Isaac Chilemba (24-2-2, 10 KOs) of Malawi now training in South Africa, and(18-0, 10 KOs) a Colombia native fighting out of Montreal. Chilemba, 28, and Alvarez, 31, are ranked in the top ten of light heavyweights, but they are looking up at names like Fonfara, Ward, Stevenson and Kovalev. The winner will have the opportunity to face world champion Adonis Stevenson next year.
The more interesting fight on the undercard is the fourth appearance in 2015 of Amir “Young Master” Imam (18-0, 15 KOs, a rangy super lightweight from Albany, New York. Imam is a lean, mean fighting machine with a flashy style and a reverence for the lessons of boxing history. He faces Adrian Granados (16-4-2), a Mexican-American from Illinois with a modest resume.
The 25 year old Imam is among the top ten super lightweights in the world and the best boxer Don King (yes, THAT Don King) still has in his stable. Imam is now the mandatory challenger for Viktor Postol of Ukraine, who upset Lucas Matthysse in October. Imam says it’s a fight he’s looking forward to next year. Imam’s trainer would also like to see him take on Adrien Broner. Also on the Showtime Extreme lineup is a 10 round heavyweight fight between undefeated Colombia native Oscar Rivas (17-0. 12 KOs) who now trains in Montreal; and Joey Abell (31-8, 29 KOs) of Minnesota. This bout will air on Showtime Extreme and online starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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