Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya will officially announce a highly disappointing card set for August 9 on Showtime from Brooklyn's Barclays Center, as a pair of 140-pound world titles will be on the line in true on-paper mismatches, and a vacant paper belt will be up for grabs in the middleweight division.
In the night's main event, WBC and WBA junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia (28-0, 16 KO) will take on Pittsburgh's Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KO), a fundamentally sound and likable underdog scrapper who is also not really a junior welterweight, and not remotely considered a serious contender.
You will recall that Garcia's March fight, a narrow and debated win over Mauricio Herrera in Puerto Rico, was supposed to be a tune-up, a stay-busy fight that got Garcia something of a breather before he moved back to another big bout. Instead, he damn near lost to Herrera that night, had tons of trouble in the ring, and now he's taking an even softer tune-up against Salka.
None of this is meant to be a shot at Salka, who at least sort of fought his way here with a robbery loss to Ricardo Alvarez last December, followed by a win over previously-unbeaten (and untested) prospect Alexei Collado in April. Salka is easy to like, as I already said, but he's also ranked No. 77 in the world at 135 pounds by BoxRec, and it was only about a year and a half ago that he lost to Dorin Spivey. This is a fight every bit as bad a matchup as those Omar Narvaez world title fights that pop up every few months, except that Showtime is accepting this as a main event.
And while I'm personally trying to be kinder and gentler these days, because a lot of these bitched-about premium cable main events turn out to be good fights in the end (Guerrero-Kamegai and Provodnikov-Algieri just this month, for instance), this one is hard to see as anything particularly intriguing. Salka could potentially box his way into making this an interesting fight, but it's hard to see him getting cards in Brooklyn against a house fighter who's being potentially positioned as a Floyd Mayweather opponent.
That said, we did just see Chris Algieri box his way to a decision win over Ruslan Provodnikov in Brooklyn, but I maintain my skepticism and what I feel is deserved criticism of this matchup.
In the main co-feature, Lamont Peterson (32-2-1, 16 KO) defends his IBF junior welterweight title against club fighter Edgar Santana (29-4, 20 KO), another non-contender. (BoxRec ranks Santana No. 66 in the world at junior welterweight, if you're curious.) Santana, 35, does have a win over Josesito Lopez, but that was six years ago.
The night's by-default best matchup is one for the vacant WBA "regular" middleweight title, which the WBA gets a chance to create now that they have a couple guys ready to fight for a fake version of a title held by Gennady Golovkin in the reality that most of us try to reside in, in our lives. Daniel Jacobs (27-1, 24 KO) will face Jarrod Fletcher (18-1, 10 KO) in that fight. Fletcher has won six straight, but was also trounced in two rounds by Billy Joe Saunders in September 2012.
How are you feeling about this card? Since Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions put this together for You, The Fans, I think it's REALLY important that you get your thoughts out there. How are You, The Fans feeling about this lineup?