By Jim Dower: Lightheavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev will Soon Be defending against Radivoje “Hot-rod ” Kalajdzic from the headliner, along with IBF super flyweight Winner Jerwin Ancajas will Soon Be Confronting Ryuichi Funai (31-7, 22 KOs) from the chief support in a Top Rank Boxing Encouraged card on May 4 on ESPN & ESPN Deportes at the Stockton Arena in Stockton, California.
This will be an interesting card. We may even see an upset in the main event with Beterbiev, 34, who has series issues along with his punch immunity, now he’therefore confronting a big puncher with the capacity of landing lots of shots onto his chin from 27-year-old Kalajdzic. This will be the second title defense for Beterbiev of his International Boxing Federation 175 pound title he seized a couple of years back in November 20 17.
Top Rank along with ESPN’s decision to set the Beterbiev vs. Kalajdzic card on May 4 way they’re looking to compete with the far bigger fight between WBA/WBC middleweight champion Saul Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs) along with IBF champion Danny Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) on DAZN on precisely exactly the exact identical night. What exactly the intellect is in Best Rank putting the Beterbiev-Kalajdzic & Ancajas-Funai card against Canelo-Jacobs is not known. Even though boxing fans tune in to watch exactly the Beterbiev vs. Kalajdzic card, it’s not going going to become nearly as many boxing fans because it would be when they were placed on a date which didn’t even have a significant star like Canelo fighting.
As-long-as Beterbiev and Ancajas are ok with their battles probably seen undoubtedly fewer boxing fan, it’s all good. You’ve got to assume that the fanshave given a choice, ‘ are going to veer from the direction of seeing with the Canelo-Jacobs struggle, as it’SA struggle involving guys which are much popular than Beterbiev and Kalajdzic. Canelo vs. Jacobs isn’t even only a small struggle. Its a MAJOR one, and Top Rank has decided to let Beterbiev along with Ancajas, two guys which theyrsquo;re trying to create to celebrities, fight on precisely exactly the exact same nighttime. It doesn’t even make sense in any respect.
You’ve must feel over just a little sorry for Beterbiev and Ancajas, because their fights will suffer greatly for lack of eyeballs to watch them due to someone’s decision at Top Rank to stage their own struggles on precisely exactly the exact identical night as Canelo-Jacobs. That’s like staging a struggle on precisely exactly the exact same night as Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao and trusting a trickle of fans somehow make their way on the network you’re showing your fight. In case Beterbiev and Ancajas are about to act celebrities, you’ve must hope for their fascination with Top Rank doesn’t even carry on to get them fighting on the exact same night the maximum amount of bigger titles and bigger struggles.
There’s wrong with Beterbiev fighting Kalajdzic and Ancajas protecting against Funai. The one problem is those struggles pale in contrast to the Canelo vs. Jacobs struggle. Ancajas is really just a far better boxer, and now he ’s likely going to batter Funai round the ring just like a punching bag in a struggle that’ll be quite so one-sided it ’t even be interesting. It’s most definitely not interesting on paper. Funai, 3 3, has lost to guys like Sho Ishida, Rolly Lunas, Masahiro Ishida, Shinsuke Yamanaka and Takahiro Furukawa. Those are men who Ancajas might have no issues beating.
It would be surprising when theyrsquo;re in a position to secure more than just a couple fights annually outside of him. Beterbiev has never been a super busy boxer, and it’s improbable he’ll suddenly start fighting 3 times annually. Beterbiev, 34, didn’t even seem great in his final struggle in knocking out Callum Johnson with way of a fourth round knock out in a war last October. Beterbiev fought only a single period in 2017 and 2018. As-long-as Beterbiev remains injury free, he should be able to fight at least 2 times per year.
The hard-hitting Kalajdzic (241, 17 KO) will be looking to secure his fourth consecutive struggle since losing to Marcus Browne with way of a contentious 8 round split in April 20-16. Browne looked as the loser, also got very generous scoring with the group of judges that functioned the struggle. Even though talented enough to handle upper level resistance, Kalajdzic has been fed weak competitions in Travis Peterkin, Brad Austin and Alex Theran. Those are obscure guys that signify the weak resistance that Kalajdzic has needed.
IBF 11-5 champion Jerwin Ancajas (30-1-2, 20 KOs) has appeared in his last three battles against Alejandro Santiago Barrios, Jonas Sultan along with Israel Gonzalez. Ancajas, 27, fought to a 12 round draw Barrios last September from Oakland, California, also he was quite blessed to receive a draw. Those 3 fights demonstrated that Ancajas likely won’t even hold on his title for too much longer unless Top Rank backs off him of fighting excellent resistance. That’ll be bad news for Ancajas’ career if Top Rank starts feeding him fodder, however there’s not much else that they could do to him personally. He’therefore perhaps not talented enough for him to be placed in with the very best guys, which you can assert is the reason Top Rank is matching him against Funai as opposed to a good fighter like Juan Francisco Estrada, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai or even Donnie Nietes. Ancajas is young enough to improve his game, however, the problems he showed in his last three battles are just areas which will always be there.
The 33-year-old Funai’s existed for awhile being a pro. He’s been winning lately since discarding a 10 round majority decision to Sho Ishida three years back in 20-16. Even though Funai is ranked number 1 by the International Boxing Federation, in reality he should be ranked less than that depending on the lack luster resistance he’s been struggling. Winning shouldn’t even be sufficient. Sanctioning bodies need to work in the level of resistance if they position fighters, also it doesn’t even appear they did this with giving Funai a number 1 ranking.