Sweet Science Scene: Plant vs. Canelo is on, Zepeda shines, and the ladies take center stage

Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc

This past week was a busy and exciting one in the Sweet Science as a shocking quick result served some humble pie, a fighter whose star continues to rise, and a wear down fight with a big victory. There was also news outside of the ring and it was noteworthy. It’s also a big weekend in Vegas with two cards taking place. It’s all here in the Sweet Science Scene.

Top Rank card becomes the Zepeda show

Top Rank hosted a card from the Hulu Theater in New York. A match-up in the junior welterweight division was on tap. It seemed that it would be the crowning of Josue Vargas. He was fighting at home against contender Jose Zepeda, but many wondered after his last fight if his best days were gone.

The lead-up to the fight had Vargas attempting to get into Zepeda’s head pulling titles from him and pushing his hands down at the weigh-in that set off a scuffle. Following the weigh-in, Vargas proclaimed to have won the press conference and weigh-in. Once the fight started Zepeda won what mattered. He dropped Vargas moments into the fight with a beautiful left hand that sent Vargas face down. Vargas stumbled around and beat the count but was then pummeled in the corner and the fight was called off. Zepeda now has placed himself in line for a title shot while Vargas must pick up the pieces. Also, on the card, Jonas Sultan defeated high rising prospect Carlos Caraballo and defeated him by correct unanimous decision, but the scores were way off (94-93×3) Sultan dropped Caraballo four times during the fight.

It’s Showtime in Vegas

Showtime held a card from Las Vegas which was a triple header and showed us some great Sweet Science action. First up, Michel Rivera defeated Matias Romero by a clean unanimous decision. Rivera continues to impress and remained undefeated as he slowly climbs up the ranks. The main event was a matchup between Jamal James and Radzhab Butaev as they met for a WBA welterweight trinket. The match was competitive and good, but Butaev slowly grinded with bodywork and eventually stopped James in the ninth round in a grueling battle.

Here is the winner of this card the one and only Jarron “Boots” Ennis. If you have not put stock in Ennis, do it quickly as this man is the future and the present along with Vergil Ortiz. Ennis has been loudly climbing the ranks with his performances and this past Saturday he showed why. He took on fringe contender Thomas Dulorme and gave out a quick and fast past beating stopping him in one round. Ennis is the one people need to recognize because this young man has it.

Romero troubles lead to Davis matchup change

There was a lot of excitement around Gervonta Davis and Rolando Romero and their scheduled match on December 5th. Following accusations by multiple women of sexual abuse, Romero has been pulled from the fight. Isaac Cruz has been brought in to replace him. Yes, we must let due process take place, but there was no way Romero should’ve been allowed to fight with the allegations. I am not the authority on these charges, but this has to be dealt with before he can return to the ring and the Sweet Science community.

Sweet Science Quick hits

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Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant will finally get in the ring. Photo: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
  • This week we get first the women’s unification match on Friday between Mikaela Mayer and Maiva Hamadouche for the WBO/IBF junior lightweight titles. This is a big fight in women’s boxing and should be a great precursor to the big card. This might take the cake for the weekend.
  • It’s here: the super middleweight undisputed match up will take place between Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant. It’s obviously a big match up in terms of boxing, but personally for both it’s a chance to solidify themselves as an all-time great. I know for Plant it’s early, but a victory makes him undisputed, and you can’t take that away. The fight takes place on Showtime PPV in the U.S. and the entire Sweet Science community will be fixated on it.
  • As I’ve stated before, I will no longer talk about fights until they are properly announced. First, we have bantamweight champion Naya Inoue taking on Ryogoku Kokugikan in Japan December 14th from Tokyo, Japan.
  • Nonito Donaire will take on Reymart Gaballo on December 11th inn a bantamweight title match up. It will be Donaire’s first defense of this title reign. Gabllo will be taking a big step up but is the number one contender for Donaire’s title
  • Devin Haney finally has a fight he wants. Haney will defend his lightweight title vs Joseph Diaz December 4th in a much-discussed match up. The two have traded words back and forth and the fight has finally been agreed to. 
  • Former lightweight champions Vasiliy Lomachencko and Richard Commey have agreed to face each other on December 11th. Both fighters this year returned from losses to Teofimo Lopez with comeback victories and now will face each other to possibly meet up in a rematch with Lopez.
  • David Benavidez has had tough luck this year after having his fight with Jose Uzcategui pushed back for a positive covid test. Uzcategui then tested positive for epo and was removed. A solid replacement was found in Kyrone Davis who has agreed to step in. Benavidez is possibly the next in line for a shot at the winner between Canelo-Plant, but Davis now has a big opportunity and can thwart those plans.

Not to be Rueda…but

Enough with the stupidity from social media when it comes to the Sweet Science. I’m tired of some of the takes I’ve seen from so-called fans or experts. Many of these people I won’t even consider casuals, but just some losers who like to stir pots by bringing race or gender into discussions. A lot of people listen and give them a place with their platforms, but it needs to stop. We really need to be more respectful; yes, have your favorites and support them but quit trying to make issues and problems where there isn’t one. The Sweet Science Scene is a great one, don’t ruin it.