BROOKLYN — Yesterday’s weigh-in for Premier Boxing Champions’ latest ESPN card finished with no issues as the televised fighters all made weight. The narrative for this one can be viewed as “complacent young titlists vs. washed vets,” so let me ensure you don’t watch tonight’s card expecting any upsets.
PREDICTION: Danny Garcia’S career post-Matthysse has been one long PR disaster filled with questionable wins (Peterson, Herrera) and shameful competition (Salka). Now done with light welterweight, he’s proclaimed to everyone that Saturday night we’ll see a stronger, sharper Garcia who won’t be drained from weight issues. He couldn’t ask for better opponent in Malignaggi, who was last seen in the ring getting bludgeoned by Shawn Porter.
Malignaggi has maintained that he’s been in camps constantly so there won’t be any ring rust despite a year-plus layoff. That won’t matter because Paulie’s best defense, his legs, has left him. It allowed Porter to run through him with impunity, Broner to walk him down over the second half of their fight, and Cano to drop him. Paul’s best win in the last 3 years is a unanimous decision over an equally faded fighter in Zab Judah.
It will take some rounds for the plodding Garcia to get Malignaggi cornered, but when he does the results won’t be pretty. GARCIA TKO5
PREDICTION: Jacobs is the natural middleweight; younger, faster and the bigger puncher. This comes down to how hungry Jacobs is. If he goes after Mora, I can see him being the first man to stop him with the ref intervening late. If he’s content to go rounds like he was against Caleb Truax before the last round KO, then we’re in for a long and painful viewing experience. Knowing our luck, it’s probably the latter. JACOBS WIDE UD WITH A KNOCKDOWN OR TWO