CBS Card Packed With Talent

CBS Card – Bummed about Abner Mares vs Jesus Cuellar dropping off of this Saturday’s fight card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn?  Don’t be.

While we all know that Keith “One Time” Thurman vs “Showtime” Shawn Porter sells itself I must say that I’m not too down about losing Mares vs Cuellar.  Why?  The televised replacement fight might be even better.

I have long felt that one of the things boxing can use is prospect matchups such as the one between Jarrett Hurd and Oscar Molina that now takes the place of Mares and Cuellar.  Us boxing fans tend to say that a loss can destroy a fighter but we must not forget that it is only so because we say it is.  We now have one of those rare opportunities to show two undefeated, hungry, rearing to go prospects on national television before a huge matchup.  What’s not to like?

While we don’t know a whole lot about either man let’s review what we do know.  Hurd burst onto the scene late last year in stopping another great undefeated prospect in Frankie Galarza.  Galarza was the favorite and even had Hollywood backing in Susan Sarandon ringside.  Poor Susan would end up near tears though as her fighter was viciously beaten up and stopped after getting dropped twice by head-snapping uppercuts and further embarrassed as Hurd seemed to toy with Frankie in letting off the gas and boxing him despite having the option of taking him out for a few rounds.

Molina on the other hand squeaked out a draw in his televised breakthrough against a highly skilled and also undefeated prospect in Domonique Dolton.  Why in the world would a draw be a good thing?  Well consider the fact that Keith Thurman was given a standing eight count by Dolton in an Olympic trials war that Dolton nearly won.  Consider Dolton beat Julian “J-Rock” Williams in the amateurs, with Williams calling him the most underrated and well-hidden talent at junior middleweight.  Imagine that gym rumors were swirling that he was far too quick for Miguel Cotto in sparring sessions for Cotto’s Yuri Foreman bout.  While it sounds like I’m writing a piece on Dolton really I’m just making the point that Molina actually did great in eking out a majority draw on Dolton after putting him on Queer Street in the third round.  Molina has great footwork – extremely fast legs – and is tough to corner or time out.

Can Hurd time him out to effectively use his great reach?  Or is Molina the next slick boxer out there to dazzle us with his footwork and angles, along the lines of a Guillermo Rigondeaux?  Well, these are exactly the types of questions that this writer likes to see answered on national television.  Let’s showcase our boxing talent and support both men in winning or losing for taking on a tough bout against another stiff test on the big stage.

Also, make sure to catch the results of David Benavidez and Regis Prograis.  Both these guys should be high on prospect radars as well.

Benavidez (still just a teenager!) has looked like a phenomenal talent at light heavyweight while he has been blasting out the competition by a measuring stick of minutes, not rounds.

Prograis on the other hand had himself a special fight in his last television slot when he got a knockout off of an old-school heart shot on ShoBox in March.  Prograis is an interesting guy to follow thus far seeing as how he looks supremely gifted but yet perhaps recklessly flawed.

As previously mentioned Prograis looked like a stud last time out but looked like he was taking far too many chances in his December bout against the undefeated Abel Ramos.  While Ramos did not finish the fight it should be noted that all the blood that stopped it came from a clash of heads midway through the fight.  Previous to the head clash Prograis had his hands down at his waist and was relying on his speed and reflexes to score points.  I must ask; unless he is the next Roy Jones Jr. is that really such a great idea at the world level?  He will be taking on a tough hombre in Luis Eduardo Florez.  Florez packs a punch and if he cannot land it he lands his shots with his head bulling in.  Prograis better keep his hands up.  We will have to see if he can stick to a game plan at the top level..

By Kid Hersch (guest author)

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-brownsugar :

I sure hope Richard Schafer, helps PBC find some focus and a better way to promote their fighters, they have been filling the airwaves with good shows on regular TV, but there hasn't been a concerted effort to bring consistency to the presentation. I sure would hate to lose all this free boxing. (Agreed with the article regarding the upcoming show)


-deepwater2 :

I sure hope Richard Schafer, helps PBC find some focus and a better way to promote their fighters, they have been filling the airwaves with good shows on regular TV, but there hasn't been a concerted effort to bring consistency to the presentation. I sure would hate to lose all this free boxing. (Agreed with the article regarding the upcoming show)
Pbc hasn't built up any of their fighters the right way. Putting their so called stars against has Beens is a sure way to sink a career. Sure, there have been a handful of good matches, but more not than so. Why can't Danny Garcia fight out of Philly? ( don't forget his fake Puerto Rican homecoming) Why does Crawford sell out Omaha? The town loves their fighter. Where are the Charlo's from and why can't they fight at home? Boom boom Mancini had a following. How did that happen? Carl Froch fought in front of 80,000 at home. How did that happen? Why did Chris Algerie gather Long Island fans before he got to the top? He was built up at the paramount and matched right. A fan base goes a long way. The Swiss banker has no answers unless he is willling to build,nurture and create a champ using the correct formula and good matchmaking. Wilder should of fought the Russian in Russia instead of drug suspended embarrassment Chris A. Tough fights sell seats and you better have an interesting angle if your bringing your own music to the dance! ( Arreola is bringing your own music)


-Radam G :

Pbc hasn't built up any of their fighters the right way. Putting their so called stars against has Beens is a sure way to sink a career. Sure, there have been a handful of good matches, but more not than so. Why can't Danny Garcia fight out of Philly? ( don't forget his fake Puerto Rican homecoming) Why does Crawford sell out Omaha? The town loves their fighter. Where are the Charlo's from and why can't they fight at home? Boom boom Mancini had a following. How did that happen? Carl Froch fought in front of 80,000 at home. How did that happen? Why did Chris Algerie gather Long Island fans before he got to the top? He was built up at the paramount and matched right. A fan base goes a long way. The Swiss banker has no answers unless he is willling to build,nurture and create a champ using the correct formula and good matchmaking. Wilder should of fought the Russian in Russia instead of drug suspended embarrassment Chris A. Tough fights sell seats and you better have an interesting angle if your bringing your own music to the dance! ( Arreola is bringing your own music)
All good points. But tsAH is pocket thick, but a know-nothing boksing d?ck. Nothing about the dude is slick. I will continue to say that he is a power-hungry prick. And his arse, he wants ev'ybodee and dey momma to lick. I'm glad that I don't run into dat jive sucka or I would hit him with a brick. No hate! No one knows what I know about the mate. Holla!


-oubobcat :

I was very disappointed when Mares-Cuellar was cancelled. That was the perfect fight to open the telecast and would have been a barn burner. That said, PBC did a good job this time around in having a plan "B" for the televised card. Oscar Molina-Jarrett Hurd is an excellent fight. These are two young fighters who have never really been considered top prospects but have so far in their careers shown some talent. This is a big opportunity for both opening the CBS show to open eyes and they both will be out with something to prove. An already evenly matched fight now with higher stakes could really bring out the best in both and that will only make for a better fight. I really like this fight and hope everyone tunes in to watch before Thurman-Porter. I am certain that fans will not be disappointed.