September 23rd’s World Boxing Super Series showdown between Yunier Dorticos and Dmitry Kudryashov now has its supporting cast. In addition to a reserve match between (technically) once-beaten cruiserweights Lateef Kayode and Keith Tapia, the card is set to feature the return of Nonito Donaire after nearly eleven months away.
Donaire (37-4, 24 KO) has not fought since losing his WBO super bantamweight title to Jessie Magdaleno last year in a quality slugfest. He faces a much lesser challenge in the form of Ruben Garcia Hernandez (22-2-1, 9 KO), whose only noteworthy career achievement is that he fights a lot.
I’m not exaggerating. Since getting blown out by Randy Caballero last year, Hernandez has fought opponents with the following records:
Even with Donaire’s decline, this is a shameful mismatch.
The cruiserweight fight is a little better. Lateef “I FUCK HE UP” Kayode (21-1, 16 KO), who’s had two of his last six opponents busted for steroids, hasn’t fought since a knockout loss to Denis Lebedev in November of 2015. Tapia (17-1, 11 KO) will be ending a sixteenth-month layoff of his own, dating back to a decision loss to Andrew Tabiti.
I mean, at least only one of them is criminal. The other’s just meh.