An attention-grabbing bit of reports that slipped by means of the cracks: Levi Luna reported on Wednesday that the IBF has ordered no. 3 flyweight Cristofer Rosales to face no. 4 Felix Alvarado in a last eliminator.
Whereas it is sensible from a rankings perspective, as the highest two slots are presently empty, it’s a bit odd to see Alvarado (38-3, 33 KO) get this chance so quickly after his loss to present champion Sunny Edwards. That mentioned, he was pretty aggressive in defeat, and an all-Nicaraguan conflict with Rosales (35-6, 21 KO) is lots interesting by itself deserves. “El Latigo’s” solely defeats since 2013 have come towards high quality operators like Andrew Selby, Charlie Edwards, and Julio Cesar Martinez, and he’s simply as keen to combine it up as Alvarado.
He’s additionally coming off a very nice win over undefeated Joselito Velazquez.
As I ready to write down this, I additionally noticed Julius Julianis report that Kiko Martinez (44-11-2, 31 KO) has gotten the decision to face Reiya Abe (24-3-1, 10 KO) for a crack at featherweight champion Luis Alberto Lopez, who’s more likely to face Michael Conlan in his first protection. Martinez is having fun with a stunning profession renaissance, together with a four-round thrashing of Jordan Gill, whereas Abe has battled his approach to the highest of Japan’s stacked featherweight division.