ESPN has another Top Rank card on tap in the bubble in Las Vegas on Saturday night. They are holding the fights in the conference area at the MGM Grand instead of the MGM Garden Arena. You wouldn’t know it by looking at the set up that they’re in the MGM Grand Convention Center in the hotel, though.
I will say that organizers have done a good job with the whole thing. Boxers have also done a fine job adhering to rules and protocols. The same can’t be said for Danuel House of the Houston Rockets in the NBA bubble.
Some fights have been really good. There have been plenty of hidden gems that a lot of people are missing. With the major sports in full swing at the moment, boxing is going under the radar on Saturdays in Las Vegas.
Unfortunately, though, crowds aren’t flocking to Las Vegas for fights cards to provide an electric atmosphere for these fights. There isn’t one fan that’s allowed to attend any events because of COVID-19 rules in Nevada. In the main event on Saturday night, Egidijus Kavaliauskas and Mikael Zewski are scheduled to headline in the MGM Grand Convention Center.
Egis has made it clear that he wants a rematch with Terence Crawford in the future. If that’s going to happen, he will have to clean up against Zewski in this fight. Zewski isn’t really a bad fighter, though I will say that he’s failed to live up to expectations.
Top Rank were really hoping that something would come of Zewski, but it hasn’t been the case. That’s not to say he can’t take advantage of Egis, who might be going into Saturday feeling too confident. A lazy Egis is what it’s going to take for Zewski to find an opening in this bout.
If Egis comes to fight on Saturday night, the guy they call the Mean Machine should be too much to handle. We’ve seen guys overlook their opponent in countless fights, however. Head below for our free Egidijus Kavaliauskas vs. Mikael Zewski pick for September 12, 2020 in Top Rank Boxing.
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The only problem I have with Egidijus here is the fact that I think his main concern is getting back to Terence Crawford. He has to get Terence out of his head and focus on his opponent on Saturday. If Egis can focus on the task at hand, then he likely won’t have problems at the MGM Grand tonight.
The Lithuanian lost to Crawford in his most recent outing on December 14, 2019 at Madison Square Garden in NYC. He lost by TKO in the ninth round for the first loss of his career. Heading into Saturday, Egis has a record of 21-1.
If Egis wants to get back to Crawford, and he does, then this will have to be a clinic over Zewski. A close win isn’t going to work here for him. In 17 of his wins, Egis has won by TKO or KO. He carries a strong fist and can certainly make Zewski a bit wobbly in this one. Who has Zewski fought exactly in recent memory?
It’s been five or so years since Zewski has fought a worthy boxer, and now he has to step in the ring with a guy who just fought the best welterweight in the world. That was likely a big learning experience for Egis, and he should be able to use it to his advantage tonight. Look for this fight to be done by the eighth round. Kavaliauskas needs to impress to get back into contention, and I feel he will be able to do it against this inferior opponent.