Wispy promoter Bob Arum, the often irascible mogul, has taken some time to explain to Bad Left Hook some of the upcoming Top Rank fares, including the event topped by Shakur Stevenson, which takes place on Saturday night.
Does Arum see Jeremiah Nakathila having a chance in hell to defeat Stevenson, who is still looking to secure a career-defining fight that will take him to the next popularity plateau?
“Nakathila is dangerous, he hits like a motherfucker,” Arum told me. “He’s a big puncher, knocks everyone out, but doesn’t have Shakur’s skills. But he is dangerous.
Assuming Shakur gets the expected result, Arum “hopes” to make a fight between Stevenson (15-0, 8 KOs) and WBO champion Jamel Herring (23-2, 11 KOs) in the second half.
How to watch Stevenson vs. Nakathila
Date: Saturday June 12 | Start time: 10 p.m. ET (Primary) / 6:30 p.m. ET (Preliminary)
Location: Virgin Hotels – Las Vegas, Nevada
Diffusion: ESPN+ | TV: ESPN (principal)
Online coverage: BadLeftHook.com
It would be an interesting proposition for Shakur, given that Herring just got his career-best win over Carl Frampton. Shakur, the ex-featherweight titlist, would like to add the Herring WBO 130 lb crown to his collection.
Arum seemed legitimate about Saturday’s joint offer, a proverbial crossroads battle between Jose Pedraza, a former belt holder seeking to prove he’s not on a downhill, and Julian Rodriguez, the prospect who has battled injuries and the like but now maintains he’s well positioned to take his career to the next level.
“The semi-final is a fucking good fight,” Arum said. “Pedraza is a top 140, he’s always in good fights, and Julian is undefeated and a huge puncher. Is it a 50-50 fight on paper? Yes, I guess, but I love Pedraza and his experience. But you just can’t write off Julian.
Arum is also hoping people pay some attention to welterweight Xander Zayas, who faces off against Larry Fryers. “(Zayas is) really blossoming,” he said. “He goes beyond divisions and now enters into his human strength. “
The following week we have the busiest boxing Saturday in over a year. The ESPN card will have Naoya Inoue.
“I think he’s great, he’s such a monster!” Arum said of the bantamweight. “He’s fighting a very, very tough guy (Michael Dasmarinas). It’s a decent competition.
Assuming Inoue gives Dasmarinas his third loss, a rematch with Nonito Donaire is possible, and Arum says it’s politically doable.
“Fuck everything politically,” Arum said. “Everything is doable. Everyone wants to get paid.
On June 26, Vasiliy Lomachenko resurfaces against Masayoshi Nakatani, which, according to Arum, is a “really good fight”. All eyes will be on Loma to see how such a supreme talent manages to take an L on his last outing.
“All, Ali, all legends, after losing, who doesn’t care how they come back? Arum said, before discussing a possible rematch with Teofimo Lopez.
“Let’s see what’s going on with Teofimo on June 19, and then we’ll find out,” Arum said. “I think a pay-per-view rematch between Loma and Teofimo does a lot of business. “