PBC has three horrible mismatches coming up.
At the moment Lucian Bute, Anthony Dirrell and Austin Trout should be motivated, training the house down for their fights on PBC, in front of huge national audiences. The only problem is, they are all involved in complete mismatches which do nothing for either fighters career.
Let me first start with Austin Trout. Trout was originally scheduled to fight Anthony Mundine earlier in the year, however the Aussie pulled out with an ear injury. The fight was re-scheduled for two months later. The only thing that was meant to happen was that the contracts remain the same, which was fair considering Trout only won a tune up in the mean time. It's common knowledge in boxing that bouts that are instantly re-scheduled should have identical contracts to the original bout. A disaster happened next, Team Haymon got involved and gave the 40 year old Australian a set of options if he was to beat Trout, these included fighting the Charlo brothers. Team Mundine rightfully refused, it’s rare in boxing that a contract changes for a bout which is delayed by 2-3 months, however this happened and Trout vs Mundine never happened. If you're looking to blame someone, then this one is on team Trout. So what’s next for Austin? He will be fighting Joey Hernandez in a complete mismatch in California on the 8th of September. A bout that does absolutely nothing for Austin’s career.
Lucian Bute takes on Andre Di Luisa in Montreal this weekend. Luisa has never fought outside of Italy and he isn’t even top 50 at Super Middleweight. Despite this Luisa will be required to fight at a catch weight between Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight. Bute will win this easily and it should be by stoppage. Despite this I'm expecting a tentative Bute to put in a lackluster performance and win this one on points. I have been a long time fan of Bute but he’s clearly past prime, he’s never been the same since being destroyed by Carl Froch.
The final and biggest mismatch of the lot is Anthony Dirrell fighting Marco Antonio Rubio on the 6th of September. Rubio is best known for being destroyed by Pavlik and GGG. To Rubio's credit he did pull off a stunning upset of Lemieux when the Canadian was green and early in his career. Rubio has done nothing of note and he’s been destroyed lately at Middleweight. Despite this Rubio has been given a big fight at Super Middleweight against former champ Anthony Dirrell. This will be a one sided demolition and it shouldn’t last more than 6 rounds. Once again this fight does nothing but harm Dirrell’s reputation.
So Trout, Bute and Dirrell are fighting in front of huge audiences on free to air television, that’s a positive. But their opponents are absolutely shocking and win’s for each major name will do absolutely nothing for their careers. They would have been better off waiting for bigger fights, but maybe PBC can’t make these?