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Welcome to the Fight Freaks Unite recap podcast coming off a Saturday that featured a Showtime PBC tripleheader headlined by Brandon Figueroa’s entertaining decision win over Mark Magsayo to claim the vacant WBC interim featherweight title. It also included an all-out middleweight slugfest between Jarrett Hurd and Armando Resendiz. We discussed all three fights on the telecast, covered some news of the week and looked back on the anniversaries of two legends winning their first world titles.
Here’s what we discussed on this episode (in order):
Figueroa’s well-deserved win over Magsayo that sets him up for a mandatory shot at full featherweight titlist Rey Vargas. But what about the wide scores in what seemed like a close fight? And what about those two point deductions from Magsayo? We know what’s next for Vargas but what about Magsayo?
The superb slugfest between Hurd and Resendiz, who scored the big upset in a grueling fight of year contender. Resendiz scored his biggest win by 10th-round knockout and should move on to bigger and better things but where does this crippling loss — due to a severe lip laceration — leave Hurd?
The coming out part of 19-year-old middleweight Elijah Garcia, who scored a fourth-round KO of Amilcar Vidal in the Showtime opener.
A purse bid being scheduled for the fight between WBA middleweight titlist Gennadiy Golovkin and “regular” titlist Erislandy Lara and why it appears GGG will wind up vacating as he did just last month with the IBF title.
Undisputed women’s lightweight champion Katie Taylor’s desire to still fight on May 20 even though Amanda Serrano had to postpone because of an injury. So, what about Taylor’s idea of moving up to junior welterweight to challenge Chantelle Cameron, the undisputed chamipon in that division. How realistic is it?
Light heavyweight Callum Smith, the mandatory challenger for unified champion Artur Beterbiev, suffering an injury and withdrawing from his main event this coming Saturday — but the DAZN card going on with super middleweight up-and-comer Diego Pacheco moving into the slot against Jack Cullen.
We took a look back on the 29th anniversary of Hall of Fame legend Oscar De La Hoya winning the first of his world titles across a then-record six weight classes when he claimed his first at junior lightweight. And then we looked back on the first world title win, at junior middleweight, by a then-20-year-old Canelo Alvarez 12 years ago.
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Figueroa-Magsayo photo: Esther Lin/Showtime
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Rose'(24yo) was real he needs work but still he looks to be a fighter who can give the fans some good battles in the ring. Can take a punch can move work the fight into a win even when someone is throwing back at him. Enjoyed that fight a lot. Interested in his next fight.
Garcia showed himself very well another guy who i will keep an eye out for. Nice performance.
Now that main event did nothing for either fighter or for me as a matter of fact. Fig proved he is what i thought he was. And that is a guy who never learned how to use his god given talents USE your reach, also his motivation comes from gettin hit in the face. That is what excites him to fight and it is a bad fight plan someone should tell him and i would if i ever ran into him . . . He also has spagetti arms and hits an opponent by surprise to himself more then anyone some land some doent. Like his eyes are closed get accurate. Mag ran out of gas did not have the power hugged to much for anyones likeing. Main was a main drag not much for me just let me know who is and who is not in the ring. On a postive note Showtimes is getting regular with the fights as they should be. Question is are they building something for the fight fans or are they empting the contracts so when there new boss fires them they will be in a proper postion ? Need an answer on that one sooner then later.
I was at the fight, first time seeing Elijah Garcia. dude was some skills for 19!