On Saturday, DAZN presents one of their biggest boxing shows yet as they welcome Canelo Alvarez to the network. Canelo vs. Rocky Fielding headlines a full night of fights streaming live on DAZN from Madison Square Garden, this Saturday, December 15, with the main card starting at 9:00 p.m. ET and undercard fights airing at 6:00 p.m. ET. We’ll have a separate preview of the main event - here’s what you can expect before Canelo:
David Lemieux (40-4; 34 KO) vs. Tureano Johnson (20-2; 14 KO) - Middleweight, 12 rounds
Lemieux is an exciting and popular fighter and rightfully so. He’s one of the hardest pound for pound punchers in the game today, an explosive KO artist who can end things at any time. He’s also become more disciplined in recent years. Since 2011 he has only two losses - a PPV loss to GGG, and a decision to Billy Joe Saunders. He was last seen on the Canelo vs. GGG II PPV card, where he spectacularly destroyed Spike O’Sullivan in one round. I would not at all be surprised to see him next up for Canelo should he win here. In his way is Tureano Johnson, a 2008 Olympian from the Bahamas. Johnson has had an OK but unspectacular career, and comes in here off a loss to Sergiy Derevyanchenko. That fight was August 2017 and he’s been inactive since. This is definitely Lemieux’s fight to lose.
UPDATE: Never mind all that. After a bad weight cut and dehydration, Lemieux has been pulled from the card and this fight is no more. No word yet on if something will replace it, or the main card will drop down to three fights.
Katie Taylor (11-0; 5 KO) vs. Eva Wahlstrom (22-0-1; 3 KO) - Lightweight, 10 rounds
Katie Taylor is the A-side here. The undefeated Irish fighter was a decorated amateur and holds a gold medal from the 2012 Olympics. She has made a smooth transition to the pro ranks. She’s extremely popular amongst her Irish fans, and will certainly have a vocal support base here. Wahlstrom is another undefeated fighter and a decent opponent for Taylor. She is an 8 year pro and this is her first fight outside of her native country of Finland. Taylor is a pretty massive favorite here at something like -5000, and given their histories, that makes sense. Look for Taylor to take the decision win here.
Tevin Farmer (27-4-1; 6 KO) vs. Francisco Fonseca (22-1-1; 16 KO) - Super Featherweight, 12 rounds
Farmer is the IBF champion defending his title here, and is ranked #3 in the 130 pound division. As his record indicates, he’s not an action-packed power-puncher, but he absolutely is a superb fighter. Farmer has very good technical skills, particularly in his defense, and has used those skills quite well. He’s also shown great improvement over the years - Farmer started his career going 7-4-1 culminating in a loss to Jose Pedraza, but has gone 20-0 since. He did look to suffer a 2017 Split Decision loss to Kenichi Ogawa, but an Ogawa failed drug test made that a No Contest. Fonseca hails from Costa Rica and has spent most of his 5 year career competing there. He has been on a major US show just once before, losing to Gervonta Davis on the Mayweather vs. McGregor card. He’s 3-0 since, though it must be said that one of those opponents had a record of 0-7-1. This is one of those “title fights” that probably shouldn’t be a title fight. Farmer Dec is an easy pick here.
And for those interested in making it a full night of fights, the undercard airs at 6:00 p.m. again on DAZN. The main fight there is Sadam Ali (26-2; 14 KO) vs. Mauricio Herrera (24-7; 7 KO). Ali is best known for his 2017 win over Miguel Cotto, though he’s 0-1 since. Herrera had a notoriously tough 2014 where he lost decisions to Danny Garcia and Jose Benavidez - both widely considered robberies. It’s interesting to think how different his career would be today had those gone his way. He’s been out of action for a year. This is a good fight, worth tuning in early for.
Join us at Bloody Elbow Saturday night for Canelo vs. Fielding live coverage.