Showtime's October 4 card promoted by Warriors Boxing is fully set, with four fights set to air live from Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut, featuring a world title fight in the main event, an unbeaten prospect, a solid 154-pound bout between fringe contenders, and Chad Dawson back in another get-well fight.
The main event will see Cuba's Rances Barthelemy (20-0, 12 KO) defend his IBF super featherweight title against Argentina's Fernando Saucedo (52-5-3, 8 KO). Barthelemy, 28, won the title in January by knocking out Argenis Mendez, but that result was rightly overturned when the Minnesota commission ruled the KO blow having come after the bell to end the second round.
A rematch in July put the title on Barthelemy for good, as he beat Mendez over 12 rounds despite losing two points for low blows.
Saucedo, 32, isn't a serious contender at 130 pounds, but ... well, there's really no "but" about it. He's a mid-tier fighter, though one on a 14-fight win streak after a shutout loss to Chris John in 2010.
Dawson (32-3, 18 KO) will continue his comeback against Tommy Karpency (23-4-1, 14 KO), a former world title challenger, not that he deserved his 2012 shot against Nathan Cleverly. That said, Karpency was competitive against Andrzej Fonfara later that year before he was rather strangely stopped in round seven.
Junior middleweights Willie Nelson (23-1-1, 13 KO) and Vanes Martirosyan (34-1-1, 21 KO) will meet in a must-win fight for both, at least if they hope to target a world title sooner than later. Both fighters are coming off of wins, with Nelson beating Luis Grajeda on April 8 for his seventh straight victory, and Martirosyan beating Mario Lozano on March 21 in his first fight with Goossen Tutor.
Opening the show will be middleweight prospect Dominic Wade (16-0, 11 KO) against KeAndre Leatherwood (14-2-1, 10 KO).