Thursday night’s ESPN card is set, as the fighters made weight today in Las Vegas.
Jose Pedraza (26-3, 13 KO) and Mikkel LesPierre (22-1-1, 10 KO) will headline the show in a 10-round junior welterweight fight. Pedraza, a former titlist at 130 and 135, weighed in at 140.4, with LesPierre, a former title challenger at 140, coming in at 141.
All four of our staffers are picking the 31-year-old Pedraza over the 35-year-old LesPierre, but we all rationally picked Greer over Plania on Tuesday, and that didn’t turn out so well.
The co-feature bout, which will open the show at 8 pm ET, will see unbeaten prospect Gabriel Flores Jr (17-0, 6 KO) take on Josec Ruiz (21-2-3, 14 KO) in a 10-round lightweight bout. The 20-year-old Flores weighed in at 132.4, as did Ruiz, a 25-year-old originally from Nicaragua.
The potential show-stealer is a matchup between prospect David Kaminsky (6-0, 3 KO) and dual sport scrapper Clay Collard, who is 6-2-3 (2 KO) in boxing and 18-8 in mixed martial arts, including going 1-3 in a UFC stint from 2014-15. The 27-year-old Collard upset prospect Raymond Guajardo on Feb. 1 on a PBC show, and will look to repeat that here. Collard weighed in at 163.6, with the 19-year-old Kaminsky at 164.1. Given what Collard JUST did four months ago, this is actually a pretty risky bit of matchmaking by Top Rank, and shows their confidence in Kaminsky. Kaminsky-Collard is set for six rounds
There will be three more fights on the card as well:
- Adrian Servin (9-0-1, 3 KO) vs Robert Rodriguez (7-0-1, 3 KO), bantamweights, 6 rounds
- Frevian Gonzalez (2-0, 1 KO) vs Jose Martinez (2-0, 1 KO), junior lightweights, 4 rounds
- Victor Rodriguez (2-0, 1 KO) vs Justin Horsley (0-1, 0 KO), junior welterweights, 4 rounds
Bad Left Hook will have full live coverage starting at 8 pm ET on Thursday, June 18.