Discussion in 'Boxing Discussion' started by MMALOPEZ, Aug 12, 2019 at 5:25 PM.
Barrios (24-0, 16KOs) and Akhemedov (7-0, 6KOs) began negotiations in early July for the ordered super lightweight title fight, both carrying lengthy knockout streaks heading into what is the biggest fight for each to date.
Lopez (36-8, 19KOs) saw his stock soar in his most recent defeat, giving a comebacking Keith Thurman all that he could handle before falling short in a 12-round majority decision this past January live in primetime on free-to-air Fox. The bout disrupted a three-fight win streak stretched over four years following a stoppage loss to former welterweight titlist Andre Berto in their March 2015 Spike TV-aired thriller.
Molina Jr. (30-8, 24KOs) has been in his own share of thrillers, including a valiant-in-defeat stoppage loss to Lucas Matthysse in April 2014. The bout was hailed as the Fight of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America, although also the start of a rough patch which has seen him lose six of his last eight bouts.
Former three-time world champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero battles Jerry Thomas in a 10-round welterweight match and sensational undefeated super welterweight prospect Joey Spencer appears in a six-round attraction in FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View Prelims on FS1 and FOX Deportes Saturday, September 28 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
The 90-minute prelims show begins at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT and will serve as the lead-in to the highly anticipated FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View headlined by the welterweight title unification showdown between IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. and WBC champion Shawn Porter. WBC Super Middleweight Champion Anthony Dirrell defends his title against undefeated former champion David Benavídez in the co-feature, while unbeatens clash when Mario Barrios takes on Batyr Akhmedov for the WBA Super Lightweight title and hard-hitting veteran sluggers Josesito López and John Molina, Jr. meet in a 10-round welterweight bout in pay-per-view action beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
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