Undercard for Canelo vs. Khan finalized
By Daniel Zaldivar
March 21, 2016
It came as a surprise to many in the boxing world when Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan was announced at the beginning of February. Of course this is the main event of the evening on May 7, but some decent action will happen before the bell sounds for the highlight of the night.
David Lemieux vs. Glen Tapia
Middleweight contender David Lemieux was scheduled to fight James De La Rosa earlier this month, however, Lemieux failed to meet the agreed upon weight limit and subsequent negotiations could not be met to continue the bout. Being without an opponent in the last few weeks, the Canadian Lemieux (34-3, 31 KOs) will now square off in one of the preceding matches of Canelo-Khan against Glen Tapia of New Jersey, who will be moving up from junior middleweight to take the fight.
Lemieux, 27, was last in the ring in October of last year when he was stopped by the undefeated Gennady Golovkin (who is fighting Dominic Wade on April 23). Tapia (23-2, 15 KOs) also suffered a stoppage at the hands of Michel Soro in May of 2015 and is coming up on a year of inactivity. Both are in need of a victory after their previous defeats and Lemieux should be looked at as having the advantage, as he has been in more fights and 91 percent of his 34 wins have come by way of knockout.
Mauricio Herrera vs. Frankie Gomez
In a welterweight showdown, rugged and persistent Mauricio Herrera will battle up and coming prospect Frankie Gomez of East Los Angeles. Gomez (20-0, 13 KOs) is an undefeated fighter who is looking for that one standout win that will increase his stock within the competitive welterweight division. Herrera (22-5, 7 KOs) is looked at as the veteran in this fight and has proven he possesses the will to deliver exciting bouts. He was originally rumored to take on Lucas Matthysse, who was going to move up, but Matthysse opted for more time to heal the eye injury he suffered at the hands of Viktor Postol in October. Herrera, a native of Riverside, California, has been in the ring with the likes of Mike Alvarado, Ruslan Provodnikov, and the undefeated Danny Garcia. The Garcia fight not only delivered an action-packed fight, but also had its share of controversy. Garcia ended up taking the majority decision, however, many at ringside and who have seen the match felt Herrera, who is moving up in weight for this next matchup, should have been given the nod. He is coming into this next bout with a technical decision victory in his previous outing against Hank Lundy. Gomez last fought in February of this year when he secured the unanimous card against Silverio Ortiz.
Curtis Stevens vs. Patrick Teixeira
New York's Curtis Stevens will look to get back into the win column after a decision loss against Hassan N'Dam of the country of Cameroon by way of France. His opponent, Patrick Teixeria of Brazil, is a rising undefeated super welterweight who will be fighting on the biggest stage of his career and against his most difficult opponent to date. Stevens, who just celebrated his 31st birthday on March 10, has over ten years experience as a professional and is looking to include his name in the echelon of the middleweight ranks once again.
The event will take place Saturday May 7, at the newly developed T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The broadcast will be delivered and produced by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Daniel Zaldivar is a boxing contributor for Frontproof Media & page2sports.com. He is the founder and CEO of Z-BoxingNews (a partner with Frontproof Media), a YoutTube channel that delivers the latest news, interviews, fighter workouts, & analysis within the sport. Check out the Z-BoxingNews YouTube channel HERE. Also follow on Twitter @Z_BoxingNews
(Feature photo: Naoki Fukuda/RingTV)