These are fights that had been thrown jointly in a mad rush by promoter Eddie Hearn. As a person would anticipate, they are NOT supposed to be competitive affairs.
The Saunders-Coceres and Haney-Santiago are showcase fights for Haney and Saunders. They’ll be showcasing their talent in entrance of legions of relaxed supporters, a lot of of which will not be tuning in to see either of them.
WBC lightweight champion Haney (23-, 15 KOs) weighed in at 135 lbs ., and his opponent Santiago (12-, 4 KOs) also weighed in at 135 lbs. This is Haney’s first title protection of his Planet Boxing Council 135-lb title that he won outside the house of the ring previous Oct.
Challenger Alfredo Santiago arrives into the fight with Haney with little in the way of experience as a skilled. His ideal acquire of his 4-12 months pro profession arrived from previous WBA featherweight winner Jonathan Victor Barros previous December.
Santiago conquer the 35-year-previous Barros by a 10 round unanimous determination. Even so, this wasn’t a key Barros that Santiago fought, and probably would have missing to him if he had been nonetheless in his primary of his job.
The deficiency of punching energy for Santiago places him at a remarkable drawback in opposition to Haney, but this combat was in no way meant to be aggressive. Santiago is generally just a filler to give Haney an opponent for him to fight so that he showcase his abilities in front of casual boxing enthusiasts.
The WBC upgraded Haney to light-weight winner immediately after they elevated preceding winner Vasiliy Lomachenko to their newly established Franchise champion. Haney experienced worked difficult to try out and get a title shot towards Lomachenko, but the WBC foiled his tries by transforming Loma’s status to Franchise winner.
WBO super middleweight winner Billy Joe Saunders (28-, 13 KOs) weighed in at 167.4 lbs. for his first title defense towards fringe contender Marcelo Coceres (28–1, 15 KOs). The Argentinian fighter Coceres weighed in at 168 lbs. Like the Haney vs. Santiago battle, this is a mismatch. Coceres was pulled in to give Saunders an opponent for him to battle on the KSI vs. Logan Paul 2 undercard. Specified that Hearn experienced little time to find an opponent for Saunders, Coceres was the greatest that he could discover on small discover.
As considerably as Coceres’ credentials go, his most effective wins have come against these fellas:
Of these bunch, Lujan is the only recognizable title, and he was nowhere in close proximity to his primary when Coceres fought him. Lujan is 40-yrs-outdated. You get the photograph.
Saunders captured the WBO super middleweight title last May perhaps in beating Shefat Isufi by a 12 spherical unanimous final decision. It’s unclear why the Entire world Boxing Business sanctioned a fight between Saunders and the tiny known Isufi, as there are much better contenders that Billy Joe could have fought for the WBO belt. Saunders conquer Isufi by a lopsided 12 round unanimous final decision to seize the vacant WBO 168-lb title.
Through one position in the battle, Saunders bought a minimal cocky and remaining himself vast open for a proper hand counter from Isufi that staggered him badly. Saunders staggered across the ring, and fell into the ropes. He then grabbed Isufi to keep him from knocking him flat.
Hearn believed it would be a superior idea to allow Haney and Saunders get visibility on the undercard of the Youtube superstar match in between NON-boxers KSI and Logan Paul.
It is a controversial transfer on Haney and Saunders’ portion to have agreed to be on the undercard for this celebration, as some boxing followers experience that they are demeaning by themselves by agreeing to do this. Hopefully, Hearn does not carry on to do these things in the foreseeable future. It’s off placing to see talented fighters like Saunders and Haney decreased to fighting on undercards of NON-boxers with no track record in boxing.