Breidis Prescott (26-5, 20 KO’s) vs. Edinson Garcia (23-16-, 12 KO’s) -Colombia
The hard hitting Prescott comes in off a lopsided 10 round loss to Terence Crawford in March, his only fight of the year after scoring two victories in 2012. He’s beaten some solid opposition along the way, but when presented with big opportunities, has lost just as much as he’s won. Garcia’s fought seven times this year alone, going 5-2 with his most notable opponent being Jorge Paez Jr., who knocked him out in one round.
Humberto Soto (61-8-2, 35 KO’s) vs. Mahonri Montes (28-2-1, 21 KO’s) –Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Since being stopped by Lucas Matthysse in June of 2012, Soto has won three straight, winning the WBF welterweight and WBC International silver light welterweight titles in the process. Also a former world super featherweight and lightweight title holder, the Mattyhsse defeat was his only loss since 2008. Montes in 1-1 this year; being stopped by Jose Lopez in March, then coming back in June to score a third round stoppage over Daniel Valenzuela. Soto’s WBC International silver light welterweight title is on the line in this one.
Glen Tapia (19-0, 11 KO’s) vs. Elco Garcia (27-8, 13 KO’s) -Atlantic City, N.J.
Tapia won the NABO light middleweight title in July, and now the light middleweight prospect headlines the show at Bally’s in Atlantic City. Garcia’s racked up a series of wins in Colorado over the last few years, but the most recognizable name on his ledger is Raul Marquez, who knocked him out in 2006.
Undercard action from Canada and California
HBO Boxing features a split site broadcast Saturday night, airing the main events form Canada (Stevenson vs. Cloud) and California (Chavez Jr. vs. Vera). The under cards feature some good talent we won’t get to see live in the States:
Carson, California (Chavez Jr. vs. Vera under card)
Diego Magdaleno (23-1, 9 KO’s) vs. Edgar Riovalle (36-15-2, 25 KO’s)
Magdaleno was undefeated until he ran into Roman Martinez in April, losing a close contest for the WBO super featherweight title. The former NABF super featherweight champ returns against Riovalle, who’s seen a bit of everything the last two years, going 2-3-1 with two failed attempts in regional title bouts.
Karim Mayfield (17-0-1, 10 KO’s) vs. Christopher Fernandez (21-15-1, 13 KO’s)
Holder of the WBO NABO light welterweight title, Mayfield has won over some good opposition lately; Ray Serrano, Patrick Lopez, Steve Forbes, and most recently Mauricio Herrera. This is obviously a showcase fight for him, as Fernandez is coming off back to back victories but has only won in three of his last 11 outings, and hasn’t fought since December.
Quebec, Canada (Stevenson vs. Cloud under card)
Eleider Alvarez (12-0, 8 KO’s) vs. Edison Miranda (35-8, 30 KO’s)
Alvarez, who holds the NABO and NABA light heavyweight belts, puts his undefeated streak on the line against the heavy handed Miranda, who’s become somewhat of a stepping stone over the last few years. He’s been I with top grade opponents, but has never been able to come out on top in his really big match ups.
Jean Pascal (27-2-1, 16 KO’s) vs. George Blades (23-4-, 16 KO’s)
After fighting once in last year (win over Aleksy Kuziemski), Pascal had a bout with Lucian Bute postponed when Bute needed hand surgery. That bout’s been scheduled for January, so Pascal has a lot riding on this bout. He should get little trouble from Blades though, who’s had just two bouts since 2008, with his fight this past February being his only activity in nearly three years.
David Lemieux (29-2, 28 KO’s) vs. Marcus Upshaw (15-10-2, 7 KO’s)
Quebec’s knockout artist lost back to back fights in 2011, but has since scored four stoppage victories against opposition that looked good on paper, but had little chance of winning. Upshaw is 2-6-1 since 2011, but has only been stopped twice in his 10 defeats so he may be around a little longer than expected in this one.
Antonin Decarie (27-2, 8 KO’s) vs. Salim Larbi (17-3-2, 5 KO’s)
When a guy with 29 bouts is fighting a scheduled six rounder, it’s an obvious bounce back fight as it is for Decarie, who lost a regional title shot against Luis Abregu earlier this year. Larbi fought three times in 2012, losing twice by stoppage, but hasn’t fought since.