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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Meritless Main Events on SHO/ESPN 

Meritless Main Events on SHO/ESPN 

Publish Date: 05/12/2023
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster

Meritless Main Events on SHO/ESPN


Showtime and ESPN main event bouts this Saturday are less than desirable if we’re being honest. Rollie Romero had no business getting a title shot against Alberto Puello in the first place. It is what it is in Alphabet Soup land, a place where anything and everything can happen if you are around long enough to witness it. After Puello popped dirty on a VADA test, in walks a 40-year-old boxer, Ismael Barroso. Sanction belt rankings are the main reason why Barroso got this fight. The WBA has mandated the winner to face another worthy adversary in Ohara Davies. (Oh, goodie)

Video: Rollie Romero talks Puello's PED use, Tank/Garcia fight, and 140lbs division | The Last Stand

Rollie Romero talks Puello’s PED use, Tank/Garcia fight, and 140lbs division | The Last Stand

Speaking of rankings, the WBO has Steven Butler in their 6th spot giving him a chance to vie for a middleweight trinket. Janibek Alimkhanuly is a low-risk low reward for most Top-10ish, 160-pound opponents thus the reason why he’s denied time and time again. Top Rank is currently stuck between a rock and a hard place. This boxing podcaster fully expects the favorites will get their hands raised this Saturday. As it stands, the ‘B’ sides in Steven Butler and Ismael Barroso are long shots to win. Barroso is +500 to +700, and Butler is even larger underdog sitting anywhere from +750 all the way up to +1300.


My Official Predictions: Mid-to-Late Stoppages for both Rolando & Janibeck.


Lucky for us boxing fans, the undercards for Showtime and ESPN do have some tightly-matched fights. ESPN’s Jason Moloney vs. Vincent Astrolabio, in boxing terms, is basically a pick’em, same for the co-feature on Showtime Botirzhon Akhmedov vs Kenneth Sims. Adam Abramowitz @snboxing tweeted about this fight posting, this one could play out as a quantity vs. quality type of fight and how the judges will be critical. I took this as Akhmedov’s aggressive style and Sims ability to land the cleaner punches but not at the same workrate.

Video: Janibek vs Butler | FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE


Staying with this boxing twitter theme, a good follow in @naotaBox, aka Lord of the Fly tweeted about Moloney vs. Astrolabio. He believes it’s the best fight of the weekend favoring Moloney on the strength of out-boxing his opponents along with combination punches. He adds Moloney has the technical skills and good conditioning to back it up. Even thought I do agree with the assessment on paper, that’s why they fight the fights. Unless Astrolabio can land some significant, fight altering punches look for Moloney to fight up a level.


My thoughts are that Akhmedov will build off a solid performance in a split-decision loss to Alberto Puello. Even in his competitive loss to Mario Barrios, Akhmedov won a bunch of rounds. He would be doing well in a given round then get docked points from getting knockdown. The pressure and volume will eventually catch-up to Kenneth Sims Jr. That said it’s worth placing a decision bet on Sims as this boxing junkie did a little while back.


My Official Predictions are Akhmedov by SD and Moloney by UD.  


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Side Note: Also, here are two more closely-matched bouts in Rances Barthelemy vs. Omar Juarez and Javier Martinez vs. Joeshon James on SHO and ESPN respectfully.


My Official Predictions: Minor Upset Omar Jaurez by Majority-Decision and Josehon James by Late Stoppage.


Written by Chris Carlson Host/Producer of The Rope A Dope Radio Podcast Available at Follow on Twitter @RopeADopeRadio

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