We’re heading into a big boxing weekend across the globe. On Friday, April 10, in Moscow, Denis Lebedev defends the WBA version of the cruiserweight title against Youri Kayembre Kalenga. Lebedev is a solid, world-class fighter, who has lost to only Guillermo Jones and Marco Huck. He’s been one of the top 200-pound fighters on the planet for a half decade. Kalenga has lost just once, in 2013, but it was to an 11-18 fighter.
Also on Friday, the ESPN Boxcino tournament will continue at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In semi-final matchups, Brandon Adams, who made the finals of last year’s middleweight tournament, will face Vito Gasparyan at 154 pounds. The other junior middleweight fight is Stanyslav Skorakhod vs. John Thompson. In heavyweight semi-final fights, tournament favorite Andrey Fedesov meets Lenroy Thomas and Razvan Cojanu faces Donavan Denis.
On Saturday, in Sinaloa, WBC light flyweight champion Pedro Guevara defends his belt against Richard Claveras. Guevara captured his belt last December in impressive fashion in Japan, by knocking out tough former champion Akira Yaegashi in seven rounds. Claveras is 12-0-2, with all 12 wins coming by stoppage. This has the look of a true fire fight at 108 pounds.
But the biggest card of the weekend happens Saturday night in Brooklyn, as Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Championship series once more returns to prime time on NBC. WBC and WBA light welterweight champion Danny Garcia will face off against IBF belt holder Lamont Peterson. The fight will happen at a 143-pound catchweight, which means the belts won’t be on the line, which is a shame.
But the bout still promises to be a thrilling, fan-friendly affair. Garcia and Peterson are both very talented fighters who will work hard to dictate the pace. Expect the fight to turn upon Garcia’s lead left hook, which is a very dangerous punch.
The co-main event for that broadcast will feature undefeated middleweight Peter Quillin against WBO champion Andy Lee, who won the title last year with a stunning TKO of Matt Korobov, after Quillin vacated the belt, instead of facing Korobov. Lee will be by far the best opponent Quillin has faced. This is a true, top-five matchup.
The entire card in Brooklyn this Saturday is stacked. Veteran Luis Collazo will fight in his home borough. Undefeated light welterweight Viktor Postol will look to record the win that should get him a richly deserved title shot.
Of particular note on the PBC undercard are welterweight Errol Spence and light heavyweight Marcus Browne. Both were 2012 Olympians and are now fast-rising, undefeated professionals. They are managed by Al Haymon and being groomed for potential spots on a future prime time card.