Alexis Hloros (seen here eating a shot from James Kirkland) will face Andy Lee on March 10 in Detroit. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Middleweight contender Andy Lee will be back in the ring on March 10 in a stay-busy mismatch against Alexis Hloros in Detroit, according to BoxingScene.com. Lee was originally scheduled to fight on March 17 as the co-feature to Martinez vs Macklin, but dropped out of that to chase a fight with Felix Sturm for April 13, which he did not land (it went to Sebastian Zbik).
Lee (27-1, 19 KO) is also thought to be the next opponent for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, with a working date of June 2 on HBO, serving as a week-before lead-in to Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley and a chance to hype that PPV in front of Chavez's strong HBO audience.
It's really a terrible fight for Lee, on par with the recent Martirosyan vs Lowry absurdity, and it's really nothing too unfamiliar for Andy Lee, who is very carefully handled by Emanuel Steward ever since his loss to Brian Vera in 2008. Of the 12 wins he's reeled off since then, about half of them were no-hope fights for the opponent, but Hloros (16-4-2, 12 KO) is really bad.
Hloros was used by Golden Boy as a James Kirkland opponent on the Khan vs Judah undercard in July, and it was pretty ridiculous. He went down twice in the first round before being stopped 25 seconds into the second round, leading Ann Wolfe to all but beg for GBP to stop giving Kirkland weak opponents.
Combined record of Hloros' non-Kirkland opponents coming into their fights with Hloros: 81-145-11.
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This Saturday on Channel 5 in the United Kingdom, former British flyweight and super bantamweight titlist Jason Booth will look to bounce back from two straight losses when he faces Kid Galahad.
Booth (36-8, 15 KO) was beaten down pretty clearly by Scott Quigg in his last fight in October, and before that lost a European title bid when he was knocked out in the 10th round by Kiko Martinez. Galahad (10-0, 4 KO) is a 21-year-old prospect, a native of Qatar fighting out of Sheffield and promoted by Hennessy Sports.
The TV co-feature will showcase Chris Eubank Jr (1-0, 1 KO) against Jason Ball (5-5-1, 4 KO).