A week after Canelo Alvarez reestablished his dominance at a hundred and sixty kilos vs. Daniel Jacobs, the satisfactory junior middleweight, two of the great junior lightweights, and of the excellent junior featherweights are in motion on some other thrilling weekend of boxing.
Once once more, two playing cards on distinctive networks will make for a long night of boxing—Fox will showcase Jarrett Hurd vs. Julian Williams (8 p.M. ET), even as Miguel Berchelt vs. Francisco Vargas and Emanuel Navarrete vs. Isaac Dogboe are being broadcast on ESPN (10 p.M. ET). But it’s basically vital to make time to look at all of the fights.
Here’s one appropriate cause to absorb each bout.
Hurd vs. Williams: The first time Williams (26-1-1, sixteen KOs) got his hazard on the junior middleweight name, he was given knocked out via Jermall Charlo in 2016. He stated this time, while he faces Hurd (23-0, 16 KOs), it’ll be a distinct final result. But Hurd is the exceptional 154-pounder inside the world for the time being, and he’s a full-size -850 favorite (Williams is +525). Still, Hurd isn’t taking Williams lightly. ”You can tell a lot approximately a fighter whilst you see them in the lead as much as combat,” Hurd stated. “Julian Williams appears assured and he looks prepared. It’s going to be a classic on combat night.”
Berchelt vs. Vargas: Their first combat in 2017 changed into filled with thrilling action before Berchelt (35-1, 31 KOs) without a doubt wore down Vargas (25-1-2, 18 KOs) en route to an eleventh-round stoppage. With so many brutal fights on his resume—inclusive of lower back-to-again Fight of the Year winners in 2015 and 2016—there’s an actual query whether or not Vargas is beyond his prime because he’s taken so much punishment. If that’s the case, it wouldn’t be surprising to peer Berchelt—who’s a large -1800 making a bet preferred (Vargas is a +850 underdog)—prevent him even faster this time. But Vargas’ group stated he’s geared up to reclaim his 130-pound identity. “The first combat between Francisco Vargas and Miguel Berchelt became warfare,” Eric Gomez, the president of Golden Boy Promotions, said. “Vargas got here up short that night time, but it’s been his most effective loss. Since then, he’s gotten a lot better through training with Joel Diaz, so I’m even greater confidence now that Vargas will get his belt lower back.”
Navarrete vs. Dogboe: Navarrete (26-1, 22 KOs) surprised the boxing global last December by means of prevailing a well-deserved dissatisfied choice vs. Dogboe (20-1, 14 KOs) to take his 122-pound name. At the time, Dogboe became checked out as a capacity breakout superstar. But Navarrete positioned a quick prevent to that. Now, Dogboe wishes his title and his redemption. “Look, in my last fight, I wasn’t suited,” said Dogboe, a +one hundred sixty-five underdog for the rematch (Navarrete is a -205 favored). “I underestimated Emanuel Navarrete. But you know something, at my lowest, he couldn’t knock me out. This combat, it’s a assure: Isaac Dogboe is right here to set the document instantly.”
Here are my brief predictions for each fight: 1) Williams would possibly make it a near fight early, but like he generally does, Hurd’s power will come on late and he’ll stop Williams in the back half of the combat; 2) Berchelt will wear down Vargas once more—this time, he’ll end him by the 8th spherical; 3) Navarrete will once more his use his top and length to manipulate Dogboe and win every other near choice.
DAZ proud of its streaming numbers: For the primary time I can bear in mind, DAZ released some of its metric numbers this week, and they appeared pretty staggering. According to DAZN, extra than 1.2 million people watched the ultimate week’s Alvarez-Jacobs healthy at the streaming carrier.
“Company officers deemed the occasion a fulfillment, as it generated widespread paid subscriptions—each annual and monthly—to deliver against projected sales goals,” DAZ wrote in an email released to the media. “Despite the heavy influx of viewers and new subscribers, the platform produced a reliable movement without a sizeable technical or buffering issues.”
There have been a couple of media reviews that about 600,000 of these streams emanated from the U.S.
It’s unclear exactly how huge DAZN’s subscriber base is—individuals who pay $19.99 consistent with the month or $99.99 for an annual subscription. But for now, it looks like the streaming provider is thrilled with its progress.