Fight Updates: Spence Jr-Algieri; Drozd-Makabu; Menayothin-Odaira
Undefeated welterweight prospect Errol Spence Jr is being lined up to face former WBO super lightweight champion Chris Algieri in New York.
The Premier Boxing Champions event is pencilled in for April 16 at the Barclays Center and could see a cruiserweight world title fight between Krzysztof Glowacki and Steve Cunningham as co-feature.
An official announcement is expected from PBC soon.
Also at 200 pounds, World Boxing Council cruiserweight champion Grigory Drozd of Russia (40-1, 28KO), will make the second defense of his belt on April 8th in Moscow, Russia.
His rival will be the mandatory challenger Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18KO), who’s won all of his fights after a sole hiccough on his pro debut in 2008.
Makabu became the mandatory challenger after knocking out Thabiso Mchunu on May 16th in South Africa.
This fight was scheduled last year, but unfortunately, Drozd suffered a knee injury injury during his training camp.
Drozd conquered the WBC cruiserweight title defeating Poland’s Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, in September 2014. He made the first and successful defense of his crown stopping Poland’s Lukasz Janik, in nine rounds.
At the lowest weight division, World Boxing Council minimumweight champion, the Thai Wanheng Menayothin (40-0, 15) defends his crown against Japan’s Go Odaira (12-4-3, 1) on March 3rd at the Chonburi, Thailand.
The undefeated world Champion won the crown after knocking out Mexican, Osvaldo “Gallito” Novoa. Since then he’s successfully defended the belt three different times against: Jeffrey Galero, Jerry Tomgdan and Young Bae Gil.
Odaira, who is a former Japanese national champion, will try to become world champion in his second attempt.