Jesse Hart (left) makes his pro debut tonight on the Pacquiao vs Bradley undercard. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
This evening at 6:15 p.m. EDT, Top Rank's web site will be streaming the live off-TV undercard fights from the Pacquiao vs Bradley card in Las Vegas. The main card will start at 9 p.m. EDT, but we're going to be here from the very beginning, and we'll have coverage of the entire card. Here's a quick look at what you can see before the PPV kicks off at 9.
Welterweights, 8 Rounds
Mikael Zewski (14-0, 10 KO) vs Ryan Grimaldo (8-1, 5 KO)
Zewski, 23, is managed by Cameron Dunkin and has started to put together a solid profile as a prospect. He's a 5'10" righty who has faced soft competition, but he's on the radar at this point, and worth checking out. Grimaldo, 29, is a club fighter from Colorado who has fought in his home state, plus Texas, California, and New Mexico.
Featherweights, 8 Rounds
Ernie Sanchez (12-3, 5 KO) vs Wilton Hilario (12-2-1, 9 KO)
Alex Ariza recently said Sanchez, 20, is a real prospect, and he may be. At 20, he's a Filipino youngster who has been learning on the job. His three losses came all in a row from May to September last year, but he won his last bout. Hilario, 29, hasn't fought since September 2010, when he lost his second straight fight. Those losses came to Martin Honorio, a credible fringe contender, and Luis Franco, a legit prospect. This one could be interesting.
Welterweights, 4 Rounds
Andy Ruiz (1-0, 1 KO) vs Tyler Larson (0-2-1)
Ruiz, 19, is trained in Oxnard by Robert Garcia. At 5'11" with a 74-inch reach, he's got a big body for welterweight, but some figure he might still go as low as lightweight when he gets rolling. Larson was seen on Friday Night Fights in April, in a very entertaining swing fight on the Katsidis-Mensah card. He's a little better than his record, but if Ruiz is the blue chipper some think, he should be roadkill here.
Super Middleweights, 4 Rounds
Jesse Hart (pro debut) vs Manuel Eastman (0-1)
Hart is the son of Philly middleweight Eugene "Cyclone" Hart, who amassed a record of 30-9-1 (28 KO) from 1969-82, and was known for his left hook. The son lost his Olympic team bid in March, and at that time wasn't sure he'd ever fight again. But here he is, going pro in June, which his dad expected:
"We ain't going to stay stuck on stupid. Jesse is just angry and frustrated. He's got a right to be upset. He feels like he's been robbed. But I think he'll calm down and see things different when he takes a little time to think things through. I mean, what else is he gonna do?"
Bob Arum sounded very excited about the young man at Thursday's undercard presser, and he's definitely got the look. Arum wasn't the only promoter who wanted to sign the kid, who turns 23 on June 26, so is a bit older than many of the top American prospects right now.