Matthew Macklin will be part of the Chavez Jr vs Martinez PPV undercard on September 15. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
The full pay-per-view undercard for the September 15 show headlined by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs Sergio Martinez is set, and there are four fights rather than three, with a six-round bout featuring Mike Lee of Notre Dame fame (and Subway "fame") opening the broadcast. Here's the rundown.
Middleweights - Matthew Macklin (28-4, 19 KO) vs Joachim Alcine (33-2-1, 19 KO)
Macklin lost to Sergio in March, but it was a pretty good fight and Macklin is generally enjoyable. With DiBella co-promoting, he gets some room to work here, too, and Macklin is still a top middleweight at the moment. Alcine, 36, is a former junior middleweight titlist who is past his prime, and the last time most saw him, he was out in the first round against Alfredo Angulo on HBO. After that he drew with club fighter Jose Medina -- I haven't seen that fight, but I do know that folks who were there live reported that Alcine got the shaft on the cards in that one. Last time out, Alcine out-pointed David Lemieux. So here he is.
Super Bantamweights - Guillermo Rigondeaux (10-0, 8 KO) vs Robert Marroquin (22-1, 15 KO)
We already talked about this one a bit. The feeling among many is that Marroquin, 22, is essentially being sacrificed here, and that is probably the case. Rigondeaux isn't exactly facing the elite of the division, with this following a title defense against Teon Kennedy. But I haven't heard the trampling feet lining up to face him either.
Super Featherweights - Roman Martinez (25-1-1, 16 KO) vs Miguel Beltran Jr (27-1, 17 KO)
Absolutely nothing bad to say about this fight, really. It's just a good matchup between a couple of guys who need a nice win right now. Martinez is a former titlist who lost his belt to Ricky Burns in 2010, and has fought just once since, easily defeating Daniel Attah last October. So it's been another year that he's been out of the ring following the year off after Burns. Both of these guys are also pretty fun to watch. Good fight.
Light Heavyweights - Mike Lee (10-0, 6 KO) vs TBA
Lee, who won last night on Solo Boxeo against yet another midwest clubbie scrubbie, gets the PPV opening slot in a six-round fight. It is what it is -- honestly, if it were a situation where this was a four-fight card, I'd be more upset. But it's five fights. He's being thrown in to hopefully get that Notre Dame money flowing into the PPV, and he'll bring some fans into the Thomas & Mack, too.