It's America's new national sports network, you guys, and boxing is part of the package. Tonight, Golden Boy Promotions presents their first Monday Night Boxing card on FOX Sports 1, with Danny Jacobs in the headline bout against Giovanni Lorenzo, hilariously referred to as "Dominican superstar Giovanni Lorenzo" in the TV commercials.
The broadcast will begin at 9:00 pm EDT. BLH will be here with live coverage.
Jacobs (25-1, 22 KO) has won three straight since incredibly coming back to boxing after beating cancer that at one point left him unable to walk, and now the 26-year-old Brooklyn native steps up against a solid, credible fighter in Lorenzo (32-5, 24 KO). Notable is that Lorenzo, 32, has never been stopped, and is a fighter who can punch a little bit, too. This is a legitimate test for Jacobs. We've found out that he can physically handle being in the ring, now we find out if he can handle what should be a decent fight against a tough, experienced pro.
In the co-feature, hot 154-pound prospect Eddie Gomez (14-0, 9 KO) will face Steve Upsher Chambers (24-2-1, 6 KO) in another step-up bout. Gomez is someone that GBP rightly have high hopes for, and if he's impressive tonight against Chambers, it may not be long until we see him starting to really get into the mix at 154. He's only 20 years old, but is a major talent and may well be seriously ready earlier than most fighters. He has to win tonight, though.
Also fighting tonight at the Best Buy Theater are 2012 American Olympians Terrell Gausha (4-0, 2 KO) and Marcus Browne (5-0, 5 KO). Light heavyweight Browne, 22, has arguably shown the most pro promise thus far of any of the 2012 U.S. Olympians who have gone pro, while Gausha, 25, struggled in his last fight to get past William Waters, who floored the middleweight prospect in the first round.