The much-discussed May 24 date for HBO Boxing After Dark looks like it has come together, and it will be a triple-header, according to ESPN.com's Dan Rafael, who tweeted today that a fight between Edwin Rodriguez and Marcus Johnson is likely to be added.
The night's two main bouts will be a WBC heavyweight eliminator between Bryant Jennings (18-0, 10 KO) and Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KO), with former IBF titleholder Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KO) facing Matthew Macklin (30-5, 20 KO) in a 12-round middleweight fight.
Rodriguez (24-1, 16 KO) is owed a fight by HBO, who gave him that deal after becoming downright desperate for an opponent to match against Andre Ward last November. Ward routed Rodriguez, and now Edwin will be back against "Too Much" Johnson (22-2, 16 KO), a non-contender who flamed out at the ShoBox level during his prospect stage.
It is without question not what people expect of an HBO-level fight, but we're seeing this a lot in 2014. Cedric Agnew wasn't an HBO-level fighter, either, and the Thomas Dulorme-Karim Mayfield co-feature to that bout on March 29 also wasn't the idea that most fans have when they think of the HBO level. Without Golden Boy's fighters available, HBO is in a rather clear transitional phase, and this will be the norm for a while.
Is this something that bothers you? Do any of these fights live up to your expectations of "HBO boxing"? Or are you fine just going with the flow for the time being and seeing what happens on the other side of this situation?