Top British welterweight Kell Brook will be in action on the Ward vs Froch undercard in Atlantic City. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
This Saturday night in Atlantic City, Andre Ward and Carl Froch put their super middleweight title belts on the line as they close out the Super Six World Boxing Classic at Boardwalk Hall. There is no televised undercard scheduled for Showtime, but there are some familiar names on the undercard.
Matchroom Sport has brought over welterweight Kell Brook (25-0, 17 KO) to make his U.S. debut against Tennessee club fighter Luis Galarza (17-2, 13 KO). Despite Galarza's paper record, he should be no trouble for Brook, straddling the line between top prospect and title contender right now. This is more a "Hello, America!" fight than anything else.
Also in action will be light heavyweights Yordanis Despaigne and Edison Miranda in separate bouts, leading to a rematch between the two on the February 3 edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights.
Despaigne (9-1, 4 KO) will face Houston's Cornelius White (17-1, 15 KO). White, 30, was demolished by Don George in his one step up in class back in February, and his best win is a six-round split decision over veteran club fighter Dhafir Smith in July, on the Williams vs Lara card.
Miranda (34-6, 29 KO) will face Kariz Kariuki (24-9-2, 19 KO), a Kenyan native now fighting out of Tampa, and a 2000 Olympian who stayed in Australia, as a few international fighters did, after the Sydney games. Most of his pro career has been fought in Australia, and this is actually his U.S. debut. He's also fought in New Zealand, Fiji, and a handful of times in China.
In a 10-round fight, heavyweights Bowie Tupou (21-1, 16 KO) and Donnell Homes (33-1-2, 29 KO) will meet. Tupou is 29 and Holmes is 38, so one of them has to break through quick if they want to make any real noise. Junior middleweight Boyd Melson (6-0, 3 KO) will face Danny Lugo (1-2, 0 KO). And local heavyweights John Lennox (7-1, 3 KO) and Jeramiah Witherspoon (2-1, 1 KO) will meet in a four-round fight.