Golden Boy host a card on the USC Galen Middle in Los Angeles this Saturday evening, and the unique primary occasion appeared an intriguing one. Sadly, unbeaten welterweight Vergil Ortiz Jr has been compelled out of his scheduled contest with British hope Michael McKinson on account of sickness at simply 4 days discover, with Alexis Rocha’s welterweight conflict with Blair Cobbs elevated to the principle occasion.
DAZN is the place to Rocha vs Cobbs unfold, with McKinson dealing with Jesus Antonio Perez Campos because the chief help.
Rocha (18-1, 12 KOs) has gained two straight since his sole skilled loss, a detailed twelve spherical resolution reverse to Rashidi Ellis in October 2020.
His comeback wins have each been knockout ones, the final a ninth spherical success in opposition to Jeovanis Barraza in November 2021.
Undefeated Cobbs (15-0-1, 10 KOs) has had some respectable wins, none higher than his final battle, the place he stopped Brad Solomon in 5 rounds. Rocha went the total ten with Solomon a yr earlier.
Prediction: I favour Rocha to take a detailed resolution win.
McKinson clashes with Campos
McKinson (21-0, 2 KOs) has been a sluggish burning development, however a effectively guarded British boxing secret is lastly now coming to the fore.
After constructing a strong unbeaten report, the 27-year-old was introduced in because the B aspect in a contest in Gibraltar in opposition to Chris Kongo on the undercard of Dillian Whyte’s rematch win over Alexander Povetkin final March, and he made essentially the most of his alternative, dropping Kongo within the opener on the way in which to a powerful factors win.
’The Drawback’ backed that win up final trip within the Matchroom again backyard in August 2021, simply outscoring Przemyslaw Runowski over ten.
It’s not preferrred that he now faces Campos (24-3, 18 KOs), however he’ll be grateful for the US publicity, and might be centered on doing an expert job.
The Mexican hasn’t fought since December 2019, and that was an eight spherical factors win over journeyman Ramon Barajas, and he has been a win one, lose one kind in current occasions.
Prediction: McKinson will simply be joyful to nonetheless be boxing on this invoice, and can wish to placed on a powerful efficiency. He isn’t a famous puncher, and depends extra on his boxing expertise, so I count on him to get the job performed extensively on the playing cards.
Melikuziev meets Zeggara
Bektemir Melikuziev (8-1, 6 KOs) continues his rebuild after a knockout defeat to Gabe Rosado final yr, and the Uzbek gentle heavyweight clashes with Peru’s David Zegarra (34-7, 21 KOs) over 10 rounds.
Prediction: Zegarra has misplaced his final 4, stopped 3 times in that run and Melikuziev ought to have the ability to finish this early.
Ali battles Barnett
Greenwich-based Somalian, Ramla Ali (4-0) continues her training, and she or he takes on Canada’s Shelly Barnett over a scheduled eight at tremendous bantamweight.
Ali (4-0) has had a gradual begin to life as an expert, and steps as much as eight spherical degree right here.
Prediction: Barnett (5-6-2) has by no means been stopped, and with Ali not having an early win to her title, the good cash is on an Ali factors win.
Hovhannisyan faces Ruiz
In the remainder of the eight rounders, tremendous bantamweight Azat Hovhannisyan (20-3, 16 KOs) goes for his seventh straight win after shedding a world title tilt in 2018, and the Armenian meets Victor Ruiz (23-12, 16 KOs), who was stopped in a spherical final trip.
Prediction: Hovhannisyan can win inside schedule.
At tremendous welterweight, Alex Rincon (9-0, 6 KOs) ought to stay unbeaten with a factors win in opposition to Luis Midyael Sanchez (9-2, 6 KOs).
Massive punching bantamweight, John Ramirez (8-0, 7 KOs) could effectively should go the space in his six rounder with Mexico’s Roberto Pucheta (10-20-3, 6 KOs), who has solely been stopped as soon as in twenty defeats.
The opposite six rounders come at tremendous light-weight, the place Alejandro Reyes (6-0, 4 KOs) ought to cease Daniel Evangelista Jr (20-12-2, 16 KOs), and at welterweight, Evan Anthony Sanchez (10-0, 6 KOs) ought to do the identical in opposition to Alejandro Munera (6-4-4, 5 KOs).
At light-weight, Miguel Gaona (1-0) ought to take a factors win over 4 in opposition to Gilberto Aguilar (0-4), a person he defeated on the playing cards on debut.
Additionally at light-weight over 4, Dalis Kaleiopou (1-0, 1 KO) might have the space to win in opposition to Manuel Lara (2-7).