This is a good matchup for these two fighters at this point in their careers. Each man presents some definite problems for the other, and the winner should have to elevate his game a little bit to pull off a victory.
As I noted earlier, I thought J'Leon Love lost to Gabriel Rosado a year ago. Rosado is a career light middleweight who was meeting Love at 160.
I think 168 is actually a better weight for Love, and he has looked better since his no-contest with Rosado against limited but rugged opponents in Lajuan Simon and Vladine Biosse. But Marco Antonio Periban is a better fighter than both of them.
Periban showed some holes against Sakio Bika last year, and a talented boxer like Love might be able to exploit them. But he also proved he is a cunning, hard-nosed brawler. And ultimately, I think Love will have too much trouble with that.
I think Periban wins this fight by bruising decision. Love will have his moments, but Periban will beat him up in the later rounds.
It should set Periban up for some exciting fights in the future. I'd like to see him in a rematch with Bika. I also think he'd be interesting matched up with Anthony Dirrell.
If I'm wrong and Love wins, Dirrell and Bika would also be at the top of my list of opponents for him.