By Xavier Porter | January 12, 2019 | Brooklyn, NY
In the sport and business of boxing, nothing remains the same. There’s constant movement between the fighters, their trainers, and promoters. Added to the mix of these variables, fight fans need to take into consideration of how venues are selected to showcase these cards as well as the actual networks that the fights will be televised.
In the year of 2018, DAZN added boxing to its streaming platform to make things simpler for the fans of the sport to view their favorite fighters. In addition to this fantastic marketing move, they’ve succeeded in joining forces with both Matchroom Boxing and Golden Boy Boxing to showcase mega fights from the likes of four-time Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua and three-division world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Now the company, with both Matchroom Boxing and Golden Boy Boxing along its side, begins the year of 2019 with several fights and fighters that will reshape the current state of their respective divisions:
Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (23-0-1, 20 KOs):
Ranked by Ring Magazine as the eighth best heavyweight in the world, Miller is ranked number two by the WBA and number five by the WBO. He is actively pursuing a fight with the Joshua for a possible April 13 date in NYC.
At the time, these are swirling rumors. Before he actually faces the current IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO Heavyweight Champion, Miller must win his upcoming fight on 1/18.
Demetrius Andrade (26-0, 16 KOs) – current WBO Middleweight Champion:
Andrade is all set to do battle and defend his title against Russian Artur Akavov. This will be Andrade’s first defense sinning the title back in October.
Andrade, the slick, skilled southpaw is a nightmare for many opponents. With his sights set on a future matchup against the megastar Canelo Alvarez, it would be wise to say that Andrade will look to put together a good performance to warrant said matchup.
Amanda Serrano (35-1, 26 KOs) – Six Division World Champion
The only women in the history of women’s boxing to become a six division world champion is back to win an impressive seventh as she faces current WBC and IBF World Super-Flyweight champion Eva Voraberger (24-5, 11KOs).
With her sister Cindy (former WBO Featherweight World Champion) and manager Jordan by her side, Serrano can do no wrong. She’s a modern day “Superwoman” as she goes back and forth between weight classes while defeating every opponent that dares to stand in her way.
Serrano continues to break records and set the bar in women’s boxing. Now fighting on DAZN, expect this star of Bushwick, Brooklyn, by way of Puerto Rico, to even shine brighter.
Chris Algieri (22-3, 8 KOs) – former WBO Super Lightweight Champion:
It’s rare in boxing that you see a fighter on the comeback trail fighting another who’s signed with the same promoter. Well that’s the case for the pride of Huntington, L.I. as Algieri finds himself facing Danny “El Gallo” Gonzalez (17-1-1, 7 KOs) on fight night.
Both men are signed/promoted by Joe DeGaurdia’s Star Boxing. Both men are eager to make a splash in the 140lb division. Algieri has reached the top of his division. He’s faced some of the best fighters in the history of the sport, namely eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, of whom he fought the entire twelve rounds of their championship bout.
What Algieri brings into this bout is simple: experience. What he also brings into the bout is age (34) and possibly ring rust. He’s had one bout since his return back to the ring while Gonzalez has been very active since suffering his first professional loss back in 2017.
Is this a crossroads fight for both men? Absolutely. Algieri, who’s on a quest to win another world, must get past Gonzalez to keep his journey going forward. For Gonzalez, to get past prospect to contender status, he must beat the savvy, cagey veteran.
Jorge Linares (45-4, 28 KOs) – Former World Lightweight Champion:
Linares, who’s on the comeback trail, meets Pablo Cesar Cano. Linares’ reign as WBA and Ring Magazine champion was ended in an epic clash with pound-for-pound star Vasily Lomachenko at Madison Square Garden in May, with Linares felling the Ukrainian star in the sixth before being stopped four rounds later.
Linares returned to winning ways in September with a third round stoppage win over Abner Cotto in September in California and starts 2019 with his 50th pro fight against Cano (31-7-1, 21 KOs).
Linares is joined by fellow Golden Boy Boxing star Alexis Rocha (12-0, 8 KOs), the 21 year old Welterweight talent who’s ready to begin his charge for titles in 2019.
Tickets for January 18 are on sale now priced from $46 (including booking fee) – tickets are available from www.MSG.com
Don’t miss this exciting night of fights on Friday, January 18th!
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Xavier Porter is the Editor and Lead Writer for www.brooklynfights.com.
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