With all the anticipation leading up to the Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio César Chávez Jr. Cinco de Mayo fight (May 6th), I think it’s time we take a look at the undercard.
There’s a lot on it. David Lemieux will be looking to impress as he seeks a future fight against Canelo; Lucas Matthysse hopes to stage a comeback after a heavy loss; and youngsters Joseph Diaz and Manuel Avila fight to make a name for themselves.
Let’s check out the fights!
David Lemieux (-5000) vs. Marcos Reyes (+1750), Draw (+3500)
David Lemieux (37-3, 33 KOs) has been vying for a fight against Canelo for some time, but he’ll have to settle for a bout against Marcos Reyes (35-4, 26 KOs) in the meantime. This will be the second time the Canadian has fought on a Canelo undercard.
Lemieux’s chances of a future Canelo fight are quite slim, especially now that he’s no longer the IBF champ. After losing his title to Gennady Golovkin, Lemieux has had to slowly climb his way back up the ranks.
He recently became the WBC Continental Americas and WBO Inter-Continental middleweight champ after stopping Curtis Stevens early in the third round two months ago. He then accepted the Reyes fight one month later.
Reyes is most famous for his loss to Julio César Chávez Jr., and realistically he doesn’t stand much of a chance in this match-up. Lemieux will be looking for a flashy win here. A big knockout could be a stepping stone to a big-time opponent.
There’s obviously not a lot of value in picking Lemieux to win, but it’s hard to imagine any other outcome.
Pick: David Lemieux (-5000)
Lucas Matthysse (-333) vs. Emmanuel Taylor (+305), Draw (+2200)
After a huge loss to Viktor Postol back in 2015, Lucas Matthysse (37-4, 34 KOs) has been out of the ring and gathering dust. Now, he’s ready for a comeback fight against the little-known Emmanuel Taylor (20-4, 14 KO).
Taylor does not have a great fight record, but he’s young and active; two things that can’t be said for Matthysse. With over a year of ring rust following a brutal knockout, we just don’t know how Matthysse will shape up.
I’m inclined to side with the underdog on this one.
Pick: Emmanuel Taylor (+305)
Joseph Diaz (-533) vs. Manuel “Tino” Avila (+450), Draw (+2800)
Joseph Diaz (23-0, 13 KOs) and Tino Avila (22-0, 8 KOs) are both young, unbeaten, and untested. This is by far the most exposure either fighter has had, and a win could be career-defining.
Of the two, Diaz has had the bigger fights. He’s currently the NABF featherweight champion and has successfully defended the title four times. Meanwhile, Avila is the BA Americas Featherweight and NABF super bantamweight champ.
I don’t think there’s too much between the two, so at +450, Avila is probably good value.
Pick: Manuel “Tino” Avila (+450)
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