With cross-over matches such as LeBron James vs New York Yankees, Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Man United and Hulk Hogan vs Miami Heat rumoured (in jest) to be featuring on the Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor undercard, the fog is beginning to clear as we gather a better understand of who is going to feature at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Here’s what we know so far…
Gervonta Davis to feature
It’s looking likely that Davis is set to face Roman Martinez in the feature undercard fight. ‘Mini Mike Tyson’, Davis is being billed as the next big thing by Mayweather and he will be looking to build on his 100% record which has included 17 knockouts in 18 outings.
The IBF junior-lightweight champion looked sharp and destructive in his May fight against Britain’s Liam Walsh and will be confident of securing another knockout to continue his exciting journey.
In his last two fights, Martinez has drawn with Orlando Salido and been comprehensively beaten by Vasyl Lomachenko last June. However as a two time WBO super-featherweight titlist, the Puerto Rican is well versed at this high level.
Badou Jack vs Nathan Cleverly
Swedish super-middleweight Badou Jack, like Gervonta Davis, is promoted by the Mayweather Promotions stable, which makes his place on the undercard all but certain.
The 33-year-old is will fight WBA ‘regular’ light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly, after drawing with James DeGale in his previous fight at super-middleweight. Despite Cleverly being ordered to defend against Dmitry Bivol by the WBA, it looks like Matchroom and Mayweather Promotions have struck a deal to ensure this fight is included on the undercard, with Eddie Hearn confirming on Tuesday that this fight is “all but done”.
Shawn Porter vs Thomas Dulorme
Despite not being included on the pay-per-view card, Shawn Porter is expected to headline the prelims, airing on FOX television, in a fight against Thomas Dulorme.
Porter (27-2-1) is returning after a stoppage win over Andre Berto on April 22, which followed a 10-month layoff after a competitive decision loss to Keith Thurman.
With Porter recently calling out former WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia on social media, this fight has the makings of a warm-up bout before a possible clash towards the end of the year.
At just 27-years-of-age, Dulorme still has time on his side, but with losses to Luis Carlos Abregu and Terence Crawford on his C.V, it seems unlikely we will see the Puerto Rican fulfil his possible potential.
It is looking likely that the impressive British fighter, Savannah Marshall, will make her professional debut in Vegas following a bronze medal at last year’s World Boxing Championships.
Now a part of the ‘Money Team’, the 26-year-old is tipped for big things in the women’s sport, with viewing figures growing and the likes of Nicola Adams and Katie Taylor also turning pro.
The ‘Silent Assassin’ will look to make a statement in Sin City on a memorable Saturday night.
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