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Bradley vs Marquez pay-per-view undercard features Salido-Cruz, Lomachenko, Monaghan

Orlando Salido vs Orlando Cruz headlines the pre-main event action, but Vasyl Lomachenko's pro debut carries the most interesting story of the Bradley-Marquez undercard bouts.

Scott Heavey

Well, it's not exactly "The One." Maybe "The Five." That doesn't even make any sense. The October 12 HBO and Top Rank pay-per-view which will pit Timothy Bradley against Juan Manuel Marquez in the main event has a fully finalized undercard set, and it's ... y'know. There are some fights.

Let's take a quick look at the three bouts that will air on the show before the main event:

  • Orlando Salido (39-12-2, 27 KO) will look to regain the now-vacant WBO featherweight title when he faces Orlando Cruz (20-2-1, 10 KO) in what will be the main undercard fight of the evening. Salido is generally pretty enjoyable to watch, and given the fact that he'll likely be a bit too much for Cruz, this could be, like, entertaining. The intrigue in the matchup is mostly whether or not Cruz, 32, has made improvements since the last time he fought someone better than mediocre, when Daniel Ponce De Leon knocked him out in three rounds in 2010. It seems unlikely, but you never know.
  • The fight most #boxingfriends will look forward to seeing, I'm guessing, is the pro debut of two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko. Lomachenko, 25, isn't wasting time, as he's going right into a 10-round featherweight fight for his debut, facing Jose Luis Ramirez (25-3, 15 KO). This is how incredibly confident everyone is about Lomachenko's credentials. Ramirez's record is really thin, but he is coming off of a win over Rey Bautista.
  • In the PPV opener, light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan (18-0, 11 KO) will face Anthony Caputo Smith (14-1, 10 KO). When Top Rank signed Monaghan, it made sense in that he's a legitimate local draw in New York. You stick him on some undercards in NY, bring some extra people in for something like a Nonito Donaire fight or whatever, and that's a good use of resources and the fighter. Monaghan on a pay-per-view show from Vegas makes less sense. And don't be fooled, either: Monaghan is a 32-year-old fighter who is less prospect than he is limited club battler. There's nothing wrong with that, but you're seeing a club fight to open this show, basically. If it's a good watch, no one will much care. It beats a fight with two guys who also aren't contenders and put on something boring to sit through, too.

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