With Floyd Mayweather Jr. out of the boxing picture, four fighters signed to his promotional stable Mayweather Promotions, are ready to grab the torch. On a Premier Boxing Champions card shown on Fox Sports 1 and FOX Deportes Tuesday night.
“Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays” on PBC is looking to display back-to-back weekly telecast this time featuring Mickey Bey (21-1-1, 10 KO’s), Andrew Tabiti (11-0, 10 KO’s), J’Leon Love (20-1, 11 KO’s) and headlining Carlos Velasquez (19-1, 12 KO’s), on an all Mayweather Promotions card.
Velasquez, a 2004 Olympian from Puerto Rico, told the media during a workout at the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas, that his training camp was successful, and his weight was on point heading into his September 29 clash with undefeated Javier Fortuna (28-0-1, 20 KO’s) of the Dominican Republic.
“Being the main event is a blessing, and I’m going to make the most of this opportunity,” Velasquez said. “It’s time to bring another world championship back to Puerto Rico.”
Velasquez will be fighting for Fortuna’s WBA super featherweight title in Fortuna’s first defense as champion. Velasquez is coming off of a six-round unanimous decision win against journeyman Juan Ruiz in May while Fortuna is fresh off of his title victory over Bryan Vasquez in May as well.
While Velasquez is challenging for a title, is looking to continue his slow rise back up the super middleweight ranks in a scheduled ten round fight with Osumanu Adama (23-4, 1 KO’s) from Ghana. Adama is most recognizable from his 2014 TKO loss to middleweight Kingpin Gennady Golovkin. Love has rebounded with two consecutive wins in 2015 since his unexpected knockout loss to Rogelio Medina in 2014, he looks to extend that to three straight victories and he should since Adama has only won over weak opposition in recent years.
“I want to make someone miss and make someone pay,” Love said. “I’m focused on my balance and being aggressive.”
Also looking for a third straight win in 2015 is the cruiserweight “Beast” Tabiti, who won an eight-round unanimous decision this July in his first fight going the distance. Tabiti will be opposite of Tamas Lodi (16-5-2, 13 KO’s) from Hungary.
“I want to stay active and just keep gaining experience in the ring,” Tabiti said. “I’m getting better with each fight.”
Finally, will be making his return to the ring after a full year layoff that he said was mostly due to a hand injury. He pulled out of two scheduled defenses of his IBF lightweight title that he won against Miguel Vasquez last September and vacated the title before he could be stripped of it.
Bey will be shaking off ring rust against unknown Oscar “Raton” Cortes (25-2, 13 KO’s) who has fought strictly in Mexico since his debut in 2009. The 22-year-old Mexican has lost by knockout twice, and that was against journeyman fighters closer to the ranks of tomato cans. He was stopped in the first round against Francisco Javier Perez in 2013, bounced back with a first-round stoppage of his own against Omar Reyes the same year and fought only once in 2014 which he won by unanimous decision in eight rounds to a fighter with a 6-3 record. Cortes has not fought since that fight in October and is in no way expected to be in Bey’s league.
Nonetheless, the mismatch will be Bey’s grand return to the ring and like everyone he expects a “clean sweep” of this no-name “opponent.”
“Get your popcorn early because you’re going to see everything in the ring,” Bey said. “You never know what you’ll see.”
That is a timeless truth in boxing, here’s hoping we don’t see another overmatched young man carried out on a stretcher in front of a live audience.