Boxing is back in the spotlight this week

By Boxing News - 03/19/2023 - Comments

By Alex Fesl: Following a bit of a dull week for boxing this past weekend, this week is much more promising for fight fans.

Starting off this Thursday, highly rated super middleweight Christian Mbilli 23-0 (20 KO) will be taking on fellow heavy hitter Carlos Gongora 21-1 (16 KOs), in Montreal, Canada, on ESPN+.

Mbilli is coming into this fight, rated number two by the WBC at super middleweight. A win versus Gongora will potentially put Mbilli in the number one contender spot behind champion Canelo Alvarez or the winner of the interim WBC super middleweight bout between David Benavidez and Caleb Plant this weekend.

Stylistically this fight may be the best fight this week as both fighters are aggressive and have dynamite power. Don’t sleep on this fight; it will surely be entertaining.

Next up for this week, we will see the return of one of the best cruiserweights in the world, Lawrence Okolie 18-0 (14 KOs), defending his WBO cruiserweight belt vs. undefeated David Light 20-0 (12 KOs). Okolie has been out of the ring for a little over a year since defeating Michal Cieslak back in February 2022. Light is coming into this fight as a heavy underdog, but he is no pushover, as he is coming into this fight after an impressive victory over then-undefeated Brandon Glanton last December.

In the biggest fight of the week, the undefeated “Mexican Monster” David Benavidez 26-0 (23 KOs) will be taking on the super-talented Caleb Plant 22-1 (13 KOs), in a heavily anticipated interim WBC super middleweight championship. A lot has already been said leading up to this fight in the pressers, so there is not much else to say. This is a ca n’t-miss fight for boxing fans!

Lastly, former super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez 27-1 (17 KOs) will be back in action vs. former super lightweight champion and always tough Richard Commey 30-4-1 (27 KOs).

Although this fight is a good matchup on paper, many fans were hopeful that Ramirez would instead take on WBC super lightweight champion Regis Prograis.

Negotiations for that fight never went anywhere, and now Rameriez is fighting in his backyard Fresno, California vs. past prime but always game Commey.

If paying top dollar to see Benavidez vs. Plant is not of interest to you, Ramirez vs. Commey should be a decent scrap for fight fans to cap off an exciting week.