According to a rather exceedingly bombastic press release from Mayweather Promotions, the September 12th pay-per-view will open with a clash between recently-deposed WBC Featherweight Champion Jhonny Gonzalez and Puerto Rico's Jonathan Oquendo.
With this update, the televised card reads as follows:
Floyd Mayweather vs.Andre Berto
Roman Martinez vs. Orlando Salido
Badou Jack vs. George Groves
Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Jonathan Oquendo
First, the hard stuff.
The 33-year-old Gonzalez (58-9, 49 KO) began an out-of-nowhere career resurgence by violently pasting Abner Mares almost exactly two years ago. He went on to win two more fights, including a TKO of a badly shot Jorge Arce, before losing his newly-won crown to Gary Russell, Jr. this past March.
He knocked out non-contender Kazuki Hashimoto earlier this month.
Oquendo (25-4, 16 KO) has generally come up short against top competition, suffering losses to Juanma Lopez, Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr., and the aforementioned Mares, who used Oquendo as a tune-up fight after that disastrous loss to Gonzalez. He does own a knockout win over the currently-ranked Eden Sonsona, but that was five years ago.
Now, the fluff.
I guess it's not a bad fight? Gonzalez can usually be counted on to either win big or lose big. Plus, it's another one for the Mexico-Puerto Rico rivalry and they tend to be cracking affairs.
Still, it's probably not going to convince anyone on the fence to shell out their money for this.
Anything changes in the next three weeks, we'll keep you posted.