Saturday, Dec. 26
FOX, 8:00 pm ET, David Morrell Jr vs Mike Gavronski, James Kirkland vs Juan Macias Montiel, Jesus Ramos vs Naim Nelson. PBC wrap up their 2020 and boxing’s major U.S. cards for the year with … this. Morrell, a 22-year-old Cuban super middleweight, won the interim WBA title last time out. Didn’t need to exist. This time he’s fighting Gavronski, who is not a contender, for the vacant WBA “world” title, which is the secondary version of the belt Canelo and Callum Smith fought for on the 19th, with Canelo having previously held this secondary version. So, you know, doesn’t need to exist. But it will! Gavronski is a 34-year-old dude who has won two nothing fights after getting stopped in three by Jesse Hart in 2018, so you can see why he’s in a world title fight. He has nothing you’d remotely confuse with a win over a contender in his 10-year career. Kirkland, now 36, hasn’t had a notable fight since he was decimated by Canelo back in 2015, fighting twice in 2019 and winning easy early knockouts. Montiel is a big step up from Colby Courter and Jas Phipps; while the 26-year-old Mexican is no star, he can bang a little and, frankly, this could be good TV. Ramos is a good welterweight prospect, a 19-year-old southpaw with power and some skill, and Nelson is a solid opponent for him on paper. BLH will have live coverage.