Former WBA titleholder Hugo Garay will face Chris Henry on March 27 in Mexico. (Photo via boxpanama.com)
The March 27 Integrated Sports PPV featuring the ring return of Erik Morales has added a light heavyweight fight between Hugo Garay and Chris Henry, and some other very nice bouts, including a strawweight title fight.
Garay (32-4, 17 KO) and Henry (24-2, 19 KO) were originally set to meet on February 27, but the fight wasn't finalized in time, and was replaced by the Mayol-Nino junior flyweight title bout. Now, the WBA eliminator is set to go from Monterrey.
Garay, 29, hasn't fought since his June majority decision loss to Gabriel Campillo. His other losses were a 2007 DQ in a stay-busy fight, and two very controversial losses to Zsolt Erdei, both fights many felt he won. The 28-year-old Henry is a Houston native who has been up and down the last couple of years. He had a competitive loss in Romania to Adrian Diaconu in 2008, followed by wins over Rubin Williams and Cory Cummings. Last year, he dropped a decision to Yusaf Mack, but then rebounded by destroying Shaun George in six rounds in July, his last outing.
Garay-Henry is a fight between two guys at the back end of the division's top ten. I have both just outside of that tier, but they could be argued in, too. Both need the win. Currently, Juergen Braehmer holds the WBA belt, and despite legal problems is set to defend on April 24. Garay beat Braehmer by decision in 2008.
Also on the show, dominant strawweight titlist Roman Gonzalez (25-0, 21 KO) will defend his WBA title against Juan Hernandez (15-1, 12 KO). El Paso heavyweight David Rodriguez (32-0, 30 KO) will also be in action. Don't get too excited about Rodriguez's record or future, as he's already 32 and hasn't faced anyone too credible yet and isn't likely to start on this show, but if you like big guys who punch, there's a nice addition to the card.