On Saturday night, everyone will be tuning in to watch the Golovkin-Lemieux HBO PPV. However, that one fight is not the only attraction. Pay Per Views are mostly sold because of the main event, but the undercards are typically for the hardcore boxing fan. This card has three fights that should have boxing fans enamored with this event
Arguably the best pound for pound fighter in the world, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, will square off against Brian Viloria for Gonzalez’s WBC World Flyweight belt.
Another championship matchup will be Luis Ortiz vs. Matias Ariel Vidondo for the vacant WBA interim Heavyweight title. Lastly, Eamonn O’Kane will be entering the ring against Tureano Johnson in an IBF Middleweight eliminator, which means the winner will be the #1 mandatory for the winner of the main event between Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux.
For most of the fans in attendance, if you didn’t come for the main event, you came to see a rarity, a fighter that is less than 118 pounds that is actually widely known in the sport. Roman Gonzalez has been named the best pound for pound fighter by numerous publications since the retirement of Floyd Mayweather Jr. He has pretty much-dominated anyone who he has faced in the ring. He has an unblemished record of 43-0 along with 37 of those wins by way of stoppage. If you have never seen him fight, do yourself a favor and check him out, you won’t be disappointed.
Gonzalez’s opponent, Brian Viloria will be entering Saturday with a record of 36-4 with 22 KOs. His biggest win was against Giovani Segura, approximately four years ago. He also faced, and lost, to Juan Francisco Estrada, the man considered the 2nd best flyweight in the world behind Chocolatito. The 34-year-old Viloria will be looking for the win of his life against Gonzalez.
I don’t think there is much doubt in most people’s minds that Chocolatito should win this fight, I say by 3rd round stoppage, but the talk after will definitely about a rematch between Chocolatito and Estrada. Their 1st fight took place three years ago when Estrada was only 22. At this point in their careers, that rematch would be considered a Superfight for the flyweight division and a fight that everyone should be interested in viewing.
Well, we almost got Luis Ortiz vs. Bryant Jennings, but that fell through, and then we almost got Luis Ortiz vs. Bermane Stiverne, but that fell through, now we have Luis Jennings vs. Matias Ariel Vidondo, who will be turning 39 in two weeks. Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz is a 36-year-old power heavyweight with a record of 22-0 with 19 by way of stoppage. As in with the co-main events, this isn’t expected to last long.
Ortiz has only had one significant opponent, and that was a win against Lateef Kayode that was taken away from him after he failed a drug test. Vidondo’s only step up was against Fabio Eduardo Moli, in a weird fight in which Moli was knocked down three times, but then disqualified for hitting Vidondo while he was down on the canvas after a called “no knockdown”.
So with that being said, neither guy has really impressed, but Ortiz is considered the A-Side of the two. Vidondo is the bigger guy, and Ortiz is probably the more polished fighter. Neither will put on a “show”, but I think when all is said and done, Ortiz will come out on top. I’ll say that this will last a little longer and be ended by KO in round 7 after the stamina of Vidondo wears down.
Also on the undercard is Eamonn O’Kane (14-1-1 with 5 KOs) vs. Tureano Johnson (18-1 with 13 KOs). The only significant opponent between both of these men was Johnson losing to Curtis Stevens 18 months ago. The 31-year-old Johnson has more pop, but he’s not exactly a KO artist while the 33-year-old O’Kane depends on his technical skill to push him through.
This is the one fight of the main four that I think will go the distance. I think Johnson’s punches will show more, which will have an effect on the judges. It should be a solid, but not spectacular fight that will be the fight that most people around MSG will walk in after, unfortunately. If I had to choose, I said Johnson squeaks out a victory 115-113.
With the three fights I’ve gone over above to go with the main event that involves a Canadian star, in Lemieux, and a possible face of the sport, in Golovkin, this even is worth the money. This, fortunately, isn’t a $100 or even a $70 PPV. It’s an event that will be one of the top three events of the sport this year. If you are unable to get to NYC to attend the sold-out event, then it’s something I definitely suggest ordering. You don’t get too many PPVs that give you the bang for your buck, but this is one of them, enjoy the fights.