Ray RobinsonThe boxing calendar gets started off Thursday as Golden Boy Boxing Promotions debuts their ESPN2 broadcast and England hosts Jorge Linares versus Anthony Crolla 2 on Saturday, but a couple of other fights throughout the weekend are registering at the sportsbooks. The City of Brotherly Love features a seven-fight boxing card of regional action on Friday promoted by Hard Hitting Promotions that will see Ray Robinson (22-2) versus Claudinei Lacerda (18-16-1) getting a line at the books. Robinson is fighting at 154 pounds for this one, and he is entering the fight a prohibitive favorite. Robinson has a true boxing name, and that is a lot to live up to in and of itself, but he has put together a six-year winning streak dating back to his July of 2010 loss to Shawn Porter. Since October of last year, Robinson has fought a pair of eight-round bouts to stay busy, most recently stopping Edwin Palacios in February of this year. As for Lacerda, what you see is what you get. He is a journeyman from Brazil who went 1-3 in his last four fights and 1-6 in his past seven. Robinson is fighting in his hometown, and he is looking to keep winning to score a big payday fight. It is unlikely the matchmakers have made an error here in making Robinson a massive favorite. Friday, March 24 The Filmore – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Super Welterweight – 8 rounds  Claudinei Lacerda +1770 Ray Robinson -5300 An IBF bantamweight title eliminator is Saturday’s feature fight in Puerto Rico, as undefeated 24-year-old Emmanuel Rodriguez (15-0) faces off against veteran former world champion Omar Andres Narvaez (46-2-2). Narvaez, who is from Argentina and now 41 years old, held a world title at flyweight for eight years before going on too spend four-and-a-half years as a world champion at super flyweight. His two losses across his decorated career came against Nonito Donaire and Naoya Inoue, so he has been fighting at the sport’s highest level recently. Since his December of 2014 loss to Inoue, he has gone 3-0 as he looks to work his way into the title picture at bantamweight for one last run. In his last fight, he won an IBF Latino belt to set up this eliminator. Though a prime Narvaez would represent tough competition for anyone out there, Rodriguez and his handlers are looking to use his name recognition to make a move. After so many wars, Narvaez is not what he once was and the books are recognizing that, installing the youngster Rodriguez as the big favorite. Saturday, March 25 Parque Concepcion Perez Alberto – Fajardo, Puerto Rico Bantamweight – 12 rounds Omar Andres Narvaez (46-2-2) +375 Emmanuel Rodriguez (15-0) -515 Click below to bet the fights now! 5Dimes


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