Quick thoughts on where Josesito Lopez and Shawn Porter go after this weekend’s bouts, and a prospect that caught my attention.
LOPEZ BACK IN THE FOLD: Maybe Robert Garcia has tapped into a second run for Josesito Lopez. After Saturday’s TKO win over John Molina, two potential matchups stand out to me for the California fan favorite. The first is Sergey Lipinets (16-1-0, 12KO). Lipinets defeated late replacement Jayar Inson who filled in for John Molina, by TKO back in July on the Pacquiao-Thurman undercard. I can see this fight being slotted for Lopez on the future Errol Spence v Danny Garcia card.
The other possibility is veteran Robert Guerrero (36-6-1, 20KO). After taking nearly a year and a half off following his 2017 TKO loss to Omar Figueroa, his third straight loss at the time, Guerrero has won his last three bouts and is 2-0 in 2019. He won a 10 round unanimous decision Saturday night on the Spence-Porter undercard over Gerald Thomas (14-2-1, 8KO).
FUTURE OF SHOWTIME: After his strong performance against Errol Spence, albeit in a loss, Shawn Porter (30-3-1,17KO) will have plenty of options going forward. A rematch of his controversial win over Yordenis Ugas (24-4-0, 11KO) this past March would be welcome, as well as running back his 2016 fight with Keith Thurman (29-1-0, 22KO), whenever “One Time” decides he wants to return to action. I’ll throw Sergey Lipinets in there as a wildcard also, it’s definitely possible.
PROSPECT TO WATCH: Super-Welterweight prospect Joey Spencer (9-0-0, 7KO) keeps his record perfect and looks like one to keep an eye on. Spencer put Massachusetts native Travis Gambardella (5-1-2, 2KO) down a total of three times on his way to a third round stoppage in a scheduled
four rounder. Spencer is now 4-0 in 2019.
In reality Spencer could have gotten rid of the previously undefeated Gambardella in the second round, but appeared to pull back significantly when Gambardella began to show signs of wilting. Honestly, Spencer had mentioned before the fight how he wanted more rounds to work so that was most likely the reason for letting off the gas for a bit, but he should find himself in six and eight rounders next, so more work will come. I’ll be looking out for future fights from Spencer to watch his development as he steps up competition next year.