By Dan Ambrose: The undercard of the Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) and Diego Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs) is shaping up to be a very good one with middleweights Matt Korobov and Andy Lee facing off for the vacant World Boxing Organization middleweight strap.
Light welterweight Mauricio Herrera will be fighting Jose Benavidez Jr on action at 140. The fight card will be televised by HBO as a triple-header. The Bradley-Korobov fight will be staged at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.
There’s been a lot of complaints from boxing fans unhappy at seeing Bradley fighting Chaves, because the Argentinian fighter failed to impress a lot of fans with his performance last August in getting disqualified in the 9th round against Brandon Rios. Fans didn’t like the clinching that Chaves did and the rough stuff.
The fans didn’t like the fouling that Rios did either, but he’s someone that’s been disappointing U.S boxing fans for a while now so it’s nothing new with him. Fans wanted to see Bradley fight a relevant contender that had the potential of beating him.
It’s pretty obvious that Bradley is going to be looking to box circles around Chaves in the same way he did against Juan Manuel Marquez last year in beating him. If Bradley elects to trade with Chaves the way he did against Provodnikov and Manny Pacquiao, this could be an exciting fight. Bradley would definitely help out his own popularity if he chooses to stand in the pocket and trade with Chaves.
Andy Lee vs. Matt Korobov might be the most interesting fight on the card because it’s the fight with the most at stake with the WBO middleweight title being on the line. The other two fights aren’t going to have major titles up for grabs.
Herrera is the WBA interim light welterweight champion, but that’s not a full title. Lee is a good puncher, and he likes to mix it up. Korobov has excellent power and he’s unbeaten at 24-0, 14 KOs). He should really test Lee’s chin in this fight.
The Herrera-Benavidez Jr is a decent fight, although not quite as interesting as it would be if Herrera were fighting someone like Lucas Matthysse, Danny Garcia or Ruslan Provodnikov. Top Rank has high hopes for the 5’11” Benavidez Jr, and this fight should show whether he has a future or not.