HBO Boxing Insider Kieran Mulvaney previews the October 21 bout between Jezreel Corrales vs. Alberto Machado. Corrales vs. Machado takes place Saturday, October 21 at 10:05 PM ET/PT HBO Boxing After Dark.
Last Saturday was simply put, an exciting night of boxing. There were 5-title fights on two different networks, the telecasts did not overlap, and fans were not forced to choose which broadcast to watch in real-time. While every fighter who was supposed to win did, each fight had greater implications making for an exciting 2018.
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: Photos of undefeated Junior Middleweight Jarrett Hurd, during the bout with Austin Trout, for the IBF World Championship, at Barclays Center on October 14, 2017, in the borough of Brooklyn, New York City.
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: Photos of undefeated WBC Super Welterweight Champion Jermell Charlo, during the bout with Undefeated Erickson Lubin, for the WBC World Championship, at Barclays Center on October 14, 2017, in the borough of Brooklyn, New York City.
The 154-pound division made its case as one of the best weight classes in boxing at the Barclays Center. WBA 154-pound champion won a unanimous decision over Terrell Gausha in the main event. WBC 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo scored an emphatic knockout over Erickson Lubin in the first round and IBF 154-pound champion Jarrett Hurd stopped Austin Trout after ten action-packed rounds.
Three-division champion and current WBC lightweight (135) champion Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) turned down a deal with Golden Boy Promotions to fight Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs). Garcia was not willing to sign a multi-fight contract with the promoter. Did Garcia make the right choice?
While UFC 216 was not exempt from the recent trend of fights falling apart, it made for one of their better cards in their recent pay-per-views. An Interim Champion was crowned and a current champion defended his belt in a fashion that will be talked about till the end of the year.
The long-awaited middleweight title bout between current champ, Michael Bisping and former welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre takes place in November at Madison Square Garden. Three title fights headline the event and the first press conference can be seen here: