Ricky Burns will again try and defends his WBO lightweight title after a courageous draw in his last bout that did put into question his value and worthiness as a champion that can keep the belt. Terrence Crawford will face Ricky Burns for the WBO lightweight title on March 1 from the Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. Crawford opened as a -240 favorite as Burns was the +200 dog.
The 30 year old Ricky Burns stands at 5 feet 10 inches tall with a reach of 70 inches and a career record of 36 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw with the Boxing odds. Out of his 36 wins 11 were by knockout and he has never suffered a knockout loss. Burns hails from Scotland. He has an orthodox stance and is ranked 3rd in the world and 1st in Great Britain.
The one draw of Burns' career was in his last bout as he scored a split decision against Raymundo Beltran in a 12 round bout that also took place at the Scottish Exhibition Centre. It was a heroic bout for Burns as he suffered a broken jaw in the 2nd round and he was also knocked down in the 8th round. Burns had an operation after the bout in which a titanium plate was inserted.
Burns first earned the Interim WBO lightweight title in 2011 and has successfully defended the belt in the 3 bouts prior to his draw.
The 26 year old Terence Crawford stands at 5 feet 8 inches tall with a reach of 73 inches and has a career record of 22 wins with 0 losses and 0 draws. He hails from Omaha, NE in the USA. He fights from an orthodox stance and is ranked 5th in the world and 1st in the United States
Crawford is coming off a 10 round unanimous decision win over Andrey Kimov on October 5, 2013 against Andrey Klimov. Prior to that he defeated Alejandro Sanabria for the vacant WBO NABO lightweight title with a technical knockout in the 6th round of a 10 round bout.
Vasyl Lomachenko has gotten off to a great start to his pro career with a win that earned him the WBO international featherweight title in his first ever bout. Now the Ukrainian must prove that he can go for the long haul and step up for the WBO featherweight title which is currently held by Orlando Salido, who is a much more seasoned and veteran fighter that has been a champion in the featherweight division in IBF during his career. Vasyl Lomachenko will face Orlando Salido for the WBO featherweight title on March 1 from the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Lomachenko opened as a -600 favorite with Salido as a +450 dog.
The 26 year old Vasyl Lomachenko stands at 6 feet 6 and 1 half inches tall with a southpaw stance and is ranked 68th overall in the world with a ranking of 2nd in his homeland of Ukraine. He now resides in Marina del Rey, California and is coming off a knockout win with the Boxing odds over Jose Ramirez for the WBO international featherweight title. His knockout win occurred in the 4th round of a 10 round bout that took place at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV.
Orlando Salido is 33 years of age and stands at 5 feet 6 inches with an orthodox stance. He has a career record of 40 wins, 12 losses and 2 draws. He hails from Mexico but now resides in Phoenix, Arizona in the United States. Out of his 40 wins 28 were by knockout while 5 out of his 12 losses were by knockout.
Salido is coming off a knockout win on October 12, 2013 over Orlando Cruz that was for the vacant WBO featherweight title. The knockout win took place in the 7th round of a 12 round bout that took place at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV.
Despite the fact that Salido is the defending champion in this bout and the more season fighter Lomachenko is a bright young talent that the experts have been immediately drawn too as the prohibitive chalk in this one.
On September 29, 2013 Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. returned to the ring for the first time after the only loss of his career which took place one year prior in a unanimous decision loss to Sergio Gabriel Martinez with plenty of legal problems that followed. Chavez Jr. was triumphant in his return however as he scored a 10 round unanimous decision win over Brian Vera that took place at the Stub Hub Center in Carson City, CA. The fight was so good that everyone decided that a rematch was in order and with that Julio Cesar Jr. will face Brian Vera on Saturday, March 1 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX in a super middleweight matchup scheduled for 12 rounds. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. opened as a -500 favorite in this bout with the Boxing odds as Brian Vera was a +400 underdog.
Julio Cesar Chavez
The 28 year old Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has a career record of 47 wins, 1 loss, and 1 draw with 32 out of his 47 career wins coming by knockout. Chavez Jr. stands at 6 feet 1 inches tall with a reach of 73 inches and fights from an orthodox stance. He was born in Culiacan Sinaloa, Mexico where he still resides. Prior to his win over Brian Vera, Chavez Jr. lost to Sergio Gabriel Martinez in a unanimous decision as he knocked down Martinez in the 12th round but it was proven to be not enough. Martinez went down another time in the 12th round but it was ruled a slip instead of a knockdown.
The 32 year old Brian Vera will enter this bout with a record of 23 wins, 7 losses, and 0 draws. Vera has posted 14 knockouts out of his 23 overall wins and has been knocked out in 2 out of his 7 career losses. He stands at 5 feet 11 inches tall with a reach of 73 inches and fights from an orthodox stance. Vera was born in Fort Worth, TX and resides in Austin, TX. Prior to his loss to Chavez Jr. he had won 4 consecutive bouts.
Arthur Abraham and Robert Stieglitz have met twice before and both times it was for the WBO Super Middleweight title. On August 25, 2012 Arthur Abraham scored a unanimous decision win over Stieglitz, only to have Stieglitz extract revenge on March 23 with a technical knockout win on March 23, 2013. On March 1 Abraham and Stieglitz will have the rubber match of their rivalry as they will again meet for the WBO super middleweight title at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Sachsen Anhalt, Germany in a scheduled 12 round bout. Robert Stieglitz opened as a -250 favorite against Arthur Abraham who was a +200 dog with the Boxing odds.
Arthur Abraham is 34 years of age with a career record of 38 wins, 4 losses, and 0 draws. Abraham has scored 28 knockout wins in his 38 career wins whole suffering just 1 knockout loss in his 4 career defeats. Abraham stands at 5 feet 9 inches tall and fights from an orthodox stance. He is coming off back to back wins since his loss to Stieglitz as he scored 12 round unanimous decision wins over Willbeforce Shihepo and Giovanni De Carolis for the WBO Inter Continental Super Middleweight Title. He is currently ranked 10th in the world and 2nd in Germany, where he resides in Berlin.
The 32 year old Robert Stieglitz has a career record of 46 wins, 3 losses, and 0 draws. He has posted 26 knockout wins out of his 46 career wins while 2 out of his 3 career losses have been by knockout. Stieglitz stands at 5 feet 11 inches tall and fights from an orthodox stance. He is a native of Russia and now resides in Germany. He is the reigning WBO super middleweight champion and has won his last 4 consecutive bouts since going down to defeat to Abraham in their first matchup in 2012. Stieglitz is ranked 9th in the world and 1st in Germany and is coming off a 12 round unanimous decision win over Isaac Ekpo to retain his belt.
It has been a long year for Cesar Chavez Jr. as he has had to deal with suffering the first loss of his career as he was dethroned of his middleweight title by a lopsided decision to Sergio Martinez despite knocking him down in the desperate final round. Things would only get worse has Chavez tested positive for using pot and had to serve a 9 month suspension as a result while being fined $900,000 of his $3 million purse but he got most of that back and later negotiated a final settlement for $100,000.
Chavez will step up to the super middleweight class in his bout with Brian Vera that will take place on September 28. This is a highly anticipated matchup with the Boxing odds that has massive public appeal.
Top rank chairman Bob Arum said that it is a "fan friendly" matchup and that Vera has "no quit," Arum added that he expects the lesser celebrated Vera to bring the fight to Chavez. He added that while they are not the best and most skilled boxers in the world they are "brawlers" that come to fight and that is what the public wants at the end of the day!
The loss to Martinez was dominant and only the near knockout could have saved Chavez, who has lost a lot of credibility despite being 46-1-1 with 32 career knockouts.
Chavez is highly motivated to get back into action saying that "I am looking forward to getting back in the ring and prove that I am still one of the best in the world. Vera is a tough guy with an aggressive style and I am sure we will give the fans a great fight."
The 168 pound weight requirement in super middleweight should work well for Chavez who has struggled to get to 160.
Vera meanwhile is stoked to prove himself against one of the legendary big names in boxing. "The Chavez Jr.name is bigger than the world title. When I beat him it opens doors to everything else."
This fight was postponed from the original September 7 date due to an eye issue for Chavez Jr. and Vera vows to make him pay for the delay!
The IBF light middleweight title will be on the line on September 14 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena as Ishe Smith will take on Carlos Molina. Smith is the defending champion.
Carlos "King" Molina
Molina is 30 years of age and has a career record of 21-5 with boxing picks. Of his 21 wins 6 were by knockout and he has never suffered a knockout loss. Molina stands at 5 feet 9 inches tall with a reach of 70 inches. He is a native of Mexico that now lives in Chicago, Illinois. He has an orthodox stance.
Molina is coming off a unanimous decision win over Cory Spinks in a 12 round bout that took place at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on February 1. The bout was for the IBF light middleweight eliminator #2 spot.
Prior to that Molina scored a unanimous decision win over Damian Frias in a 10 round bout that took place in Oklahoma.
Ishe "Sugar Shay" Smith
The 35 year old Smith is a native of Las Vegas where he still resides. Smith stands at 5 feet 10 inches tall with a reach of 71 inches. He has an orthodox stance. "Sugar Shay" has a career record of 25 wins and 5 losses with 11 of his wins coming by knockout. He has never been knocked out.
Smith is coming off a 12 round MD win over Cornelius Bundrage on February 23 in the bout for the IBF light middleweight title. Smith had roughhoused Bundrage who retaliated by hitting Smith while he was down and was deducted 1 point for doing so. Bundrage was cut over his left eye in the 9th round.
On September 8, 2012 Smith scored a unanimous decision win over Irving Garcia in a 10 round bout at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
Also at the Hard Rock in Vegas was a Smith win over Ayi Bruce in a technical knockout win in the 4th round of a scheduled 10 round bout on May 4, 2012.
The MGM Grand Garden Arena will be the venue for the WBA Super World light welterweight AND WBC light welterweight title as Lucas Matthysse will take on Danny Garcia on September 14.
Danny "Swift" Garcia
Danny Garcia is 25 years old and a native of Philadelphia, PA where he still resides today. Garcia has a career record of 26 wins and 0 losses with 16 knockout wins for Boxing picks. Garcia stands at 5 feet 8.5 inches tall with a reach of 68.5 inches.
Garcia is coming off a 12 round unanimous decision win over Zab Judah at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 27 as he won the WBA Super World light welterweight title and the WBC light welterweight title. Judah went down in the 8th round of the bout.
On October 20, 2012 Garcia scored a 4th round knockout win over Erik Morales at the Barclays Center in a scheduled 12 round bout that was for the WBA Super World light welterweight title and the WBC light welterweight title.
Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse
Lucas Matthysse is 30 years of age and hails from his native Argentina. He has a career record of 34 wins and 2 losses with 32 wins coming by knockout. Matthysse has never suffered a knockout loss.
Matthysse's last bout was a technical knockout win over Lamont Peterson on May 18 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ in a bout that lasted 3 out of 12 rounds. Although the title belt was technically not on the line as Peterson was not eligible to win it Matthysse gets credit for a title defense as he would have been stripped of the belt had he lost.
On January 26 Matthysse scored a knockout win in the first round of a scheduled 12 round bout over Mike Dallas, Jr. at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The bout was for the interim WBC light welterweight title.
The Revel Casino-Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey is the site for Saturday's bout between Daniel Geale and Darren Barker. Geale will be defending his IBF middleweight title for the fifth time in this fight that can be seen on HBO. Let's look at what should be an excellent contest.
Darren Barker comes into this fight with a record of 25-1 with 16 knockouts while Geale is 29-1 with 15 knockouts. Geale is considered one of the best boxers in the world at 160 pounds and he is almost a 2-1 favorite in boxing betting odds to win this fight on Saturday against Barker. It will be the United States debut for Geale on Saturday. "I'm extremely excited to be making my U.S. debut. I think it's the next logical step for me right now. I know how talented I am and I know how great I can be but sometimes winning fights isn't enough." Geale said, "You have to be prepared to go the extra mile. Fighting in the U.S. has been on my radar for the past year or two, and now I get to fight in front of the great U.S. fans on the greatest boxing network in the United States against a truly worthy opponent."
Barker has been beaten only once in his career as he was stopped by Sergio Martinez back in 2011. Barker believes that he is much better prepared this time for a big fight saying, "I've been through so much it makes me believe it's my time and I'll prove that on fight night. I want to do it so badly and it's final piece of the jigsaw if you like. I've worked too hard not to beat him and I feel like I've got the advantage in every department. It's about getting it right on the night and bringing that belt home with me."
Boxing Betting Prediction
This has the potential to be an excellent fight as both fighters are coming into this one in good form. Barker does seem to be very confident but Geale is simply the better fighter and should come out on top in this one.
Showtime will be televising the bout between Abner Mares and Jhonny Gonzalez on Saturday, August 24th. The fight takes place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California and is part of a Showtime Championship Boxing event that will also include Victor Terrazas taking on Leo Santa Cruz.
The current WBC Featherweight title holder is unbeaten in his career at 26-0 with one draw. He defeated Daniel “Ponce” De Leon last time out to win the title as he stopped De Leon in the 9th round. Mares is 27 years old and he continues to get better. He was a member of the 2004 Mexican Olympic team and in 2011 he won his first title when he beat Joseph Agbeko for the IBF Bantamweight World Championship. Less than a year later he won the WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship against Eric Morel and earlier this year it was Mares knocking out De Leon to win the WBC Featherweight title.
The former champion comes in with a record of 54-8 with 46 of those wins coming by knockout. Gonzalez is still just 31 years old but he has looked old in his last couple of fights. He couldn’t put away Ponce De Leon in their title fight and he was actually knocked down by Eusebio Osejo in a fight last year that Gonzalez did actually win by decision. Gonzalez has been very good at times in his career but recently he has looked beatable.
This is going to be a tough fight for Gonzalez to win. He is the underdog and he also has to win the fight convincingly if he is to get a decision. "I've never worried about the judges. I will do my job, because the judges will see a winner in the ring - but I'm aware that I have to go in there and win round by round.” Gonzalez said, “I'm the challenger, I am aware that I will be in the home of his promoter, and therefore I need to get a clear win." With both fighters having knockout power this fight may not go the distance we predict it will go in the early rounds in favor of Mare
The AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas is the site for Saturday's WBA interim title fight between unbeaten Keith Thurman and unbeaten Diego Chaves. The winner of the fight will get a shot at WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner. Let's take a look at this fight that can be seen on Showtime on Saturday night.
Thurman comes into this fight with a record of 20-0 with 18 knockouts while Chaves is 22-0 with 18 knockouts. Thurman has looked good lately with wins over Jan Zaveck, Carlos Quintana and Orlando Lora. Chaves doesn't have the resume of Thurman but he still has never lost.
There are questions about both fighters but at least Thurman has beaten some fighters of note. You can make a case that Chaves hasn't beaten anyone who is any good. Chaves has done most of his fighting in Argentina and there is no question he has propped up his record by fighting a bunch of fighters who are completely unknown. You can probably make a case that Chaves isn't even as good as the last three fighters that Thurman beat. But in reality we simply don't know because Chaves hasn't fought anyone of note. Chaves is simply a wild card. He has power but whether that power is enough to give Thurman trouble is unknown. It seems unlikely but you never want to totally throw out the chances of someone like Chaves who is unbeaten.
Boxing Odds and Predictions
Thurman is favored to win this fight and he should get the job done. He will likely be able to hurt Chaves with some early shots and finish him off before the fight goes the distance. The only concern is if Thurman gets reckless and Chaves does have some real power. It seems unlikely that Chaves has the ability to hurt Thurman but we simply don't know. The most likely scenario has Thurman winning this by knockout in the middle rounds.
The WBA female super flyweight title will be on the line from Tokyo, Japan on July 22 as Daniela Romina Bermudez will take on Naoko Yamaguchi. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds at the Korakuen Hall. This is an outstanding matchup of champions that is highly anticipated and will draw plenty of wagering action as a result!
Yamaguchi is a 35 year old and fights with an orthodox stance. Yamaguchi has a career record of 212 wins, 3 losses, and 3 draws. Of her 21 wins with the Boxing odds 17 were by knockout. Out of her 3 losses were by knockout. She resides in Tokyo.
Yamaguchi is coming off an April 10 technical knockout win over Loredana Piazza in the 7th round of a scheduled 10 round bout that took place in Tokyo on April 10. The bout was for the WBA female super flyweight title.
On November 12, 2012 Yamaguchi scored a unanimous decision win over Judith Rodriguez for the WBA female super flyweight title in a 10 round bout that took place in Tokyo.
On July 9, 2012 Yamaguchi scored a unanimous decision win over Tenkai Tsunami in a 10 round bout that was for the WBA super flyweight title that took place in Tokyo.
Daniela Romina Bermudez
Bermudez is 24 years of age and fights from an orthodox stance. Bermudez has a career record of 14 wins, 2 losses, and 2 draws. Out of her 14 wins 4 were by knockout and she has never suffered a knockout loss.
Bermudez is coming off a technical knockout win over Neisi Torres on May 31, 2013 in the first round of a scheduled 10 round bout. That took place in Argentina for the vacant WBO female bantamweight title.
On April 12 Bermudez scored a unanimous decision win over Gaudalupe Martinez in a 10 round bout that took place in Argentina for the interim WBA female super flyweight title.
On February 8 Bermudez scored a unanimous decision win over Romina Elizabeth Alcantra on February 8, 2013 for the interim WBA female super flyweight title in a bout that took place in Argentina
Milan “Method Man” Melindo is coming off a title belt win in the WBO international flyweight class and is undefeated in 29 bouts but faces what could be his most dangerous opponent yet in Juan “El Gallo” Francisco Estrada who holds the title belts of the WBA super world flyweight and WBO flyweight classes. Estrada and Melindo will meet to determine the WBO flyweight and WBA super world flyweight titles on July 27 in Macao at the Venetian Casino and Resort.
The 25 year old Melindo has a record of 29 wins with 0 losses and has scored 12 knockout wins with the Boxing odds for his career. He hails from the Philippines and stands at 5 feet 2 inches tall.
Melindo defeated Tommy Seran on April 6 in a technical knockout in round 4 of a scheduled 10 round bout that took place at the Venetian in Macao.
On September 22, 2012 Melindo scored a MD win in the 12th round of a scheduled 12 round bout against Jean Piero Perez for the WBO international flyweight title that took place in the Philippines.
On June 6, 2012 Melindo scored a technical knockout win in the 1st round of a scheduled 12 round bout against Jesus Geles for the vacant WBO international flyweight title that took place in the Philippines.
Juan Francisco Estrada
The 23 year old Estrada is from Mexico and has a career record of 24 wins and 2 losses. He has never been knocked out and has 18 knockout wins in his career. He stands at 5 feet 4 inches tall with an orthodox stance.
He is coming off a split decision win in a 12 round bout against Brian Viloria for the WBA super world flyweight and WBO flyweight titles that took place on April 6 at the Venetian in Macao.
On November 17, 2012 Estrada scored a unanimous decision loss for the WBA world light flyweight title against Roman Gonzalez in a 12 round bout that took place at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
Estrada won his previous 5 bouts before that defeat.
The WBC International Female Super Fly Weight Title will be on the line this Saturday in Guanajuato, Mexico as Mariana Juarez will take on Riyo Togo.
Riyo Togo won the vacant WBC International Female Super Lightweight Title on April 27 with a technical knockout win over Mariana Juarez in Mexico City as Juarez went down in the opening round.
Togo is 37 years old and stands at 5 feet 5 and 1 half inches tall and hails from Tokyo, Japan. She has a career record of 10 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw. Out of her 10 wins 9 were by knockout with just 1 out of her 4 losses by knockout. She fights from an orthodox stance.
Prior to her win over Juarez, Togo lost an 8 round split decision to Kimika Miyoshi on February 27 at Kanagawa, Japan in a bout that was for the OPBF female bantamweight title.
On November 4, 2012 Togo scored a unanimous decision win over Tomoko Kawanishi for the vacant OPBF Female Bantamweight title in an 8 round bout that took place in Osaka, Japan.
Togo lost a shot at the WBA Female Bantamweight Title with a loss to Janeth Perez by unanimous decision on July 14, 2012.
Mariana Juarez has a career record of 36 wins, 7 losses, and 3 draws with the Boxing odds. Out of her 36 wins 16 were by knockout while 3 out of her 7 losses were by knockout. Juarez is 33 years of age and is from Mexico City. She stands at 5 feet 1 half inches tall and is known as "Barbie." She fights from an orthodox stance.
Prior to her loss to Togo she scored a unanimous decision win over Tenkai Tsunami on December 15, 2012 in a 10 round bout that took place in Jalisco, Mexico. That was after a unanimous decision loss to Ava Knight on October 13, 2010 in a 10 round bout that took place in Mexico City and for the WBC Female Flyweight title. On July 14, 2012 she scored a split decision win over Shindo Go for the WBC Flyweight title in a bout that took place in Ontario, California.
The Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut is the site for Saturday night’s WBA middleweight title fight between the champion, Gennady Golovkin and the challenger, Matthew Macklin. The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark with an expected start time of 9:45 pm Eastern. Let’s look at the bout and boxing predictions.
Gennady Golovkin (26-0, 23 knockouts)
The WBA champion will be looking to run his record to a perfect 27-0 on Saturday night. “I’m excited to return to the United States and once again fight on HBO. Matthew Macklin is a skilled, strong fighter and I look forward to the challenge of defending my titles on June 29th,” said Golovkin. “I have seen a few of his fights and am very conscious of how tough of a battle this is.” Golovkin is a heavy favorite in boxing odds to win this bout on Saturday night.
Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 knockouts)
Macklin has fought some tough opponents but he is 0-2 in big title fights, losing to Felix Sturm and Sergio Martinez. This fight against Golovkin will be another big test but Macklin is ready. “Golovkin hasn’t put a foot wrong yet as a pro. He’s destroyed pretty much everyone and, as a consequence, he’s probably the most hyped fighter in the sport right now,” said Macklin. “When you compare my last three opponents to Golovkin’s last three opponents, it’s clear who the proven entity is, going into this fight. I got robbed against Felix Sturm in Germany, it was nip-and-tuck between me and Sergio Martinez until I got caught in the eleventh, and last time out, I blew away Joachim Alcine inside a round, a former world champ who was coming off a career-best win.”
Golovkin is unbeaten and he has been hyped up as a great fighter but he hasn’t beaten anyone of note. Macklin is a tough fighter who should at least tell us whether or not Golovkin is worth all the hype. Macklin said that he doesn’t expect the fight to go the distance so taking the rounds under might be a good choice on Saturday night.
The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada is the site for the May 4th fight between WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Robert Guerrero. Let's take a look at this bout that will be televised by Showtime pay-per-view.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0-0, 26 KOs)
The current WBC welterweight champion has not fought in almost a year with his last win coming against Miguel Cotto in May of 2012. Many people have been waiting for Mayweather Jr. to fight a quality opponent and they may get their wish on May 4th. The odds makers are not sold on this being a competitive fight though as Mayweather Jr. is about an 8-1 favorite in boxing odds. Those odds may be too high as Mayweather Jr. is no longer the powerful boxer he once was. He is now 36 years old and on the downside of his career. His opponents have pretty much been handpicked in the past few years and few had any real chance to beat Mayweather Jr. That is not the case this time. Mayweather Jr. has pretty much said as much. "I want a fighter to come in confident. We don't want the odds to be crazy, but the odds will always be crazy because I've proven myself over the years." Mayweather Jr. said, "But we want a fighter like Robert Guerrero who's confident and believes in his skills."
Robert Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs)
There is no doubt that Guerrero is coming into this bout confident and almost cocky. He also is playing up the good vs. bad angle. "He's just an obnoxious creep...That's all he is," Guerrero said about Mayweather Jr., "Boxing needs to get back to where it was classy, a gentleman's sport. You got the youth coming up and see a clown like that."
This is not likely to be a fight where we see a lot of action. Both fighters figure to move around a lot and look for openings. If the judging is fair then Guerrero has a shot as he has the ability to make this fight interesting against an aging Mayweather Jr. This fight will probably go the distance and if the judges are fair then we could see an upset on Saturday, May 4th.
HBO will be televising the middleweight title fight between defending champion Sergio Martinez and challenger Martin Murray on Saturday. Let's take a look at this fight that takes place from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO's)
The current Ring and WBC middleweight title holder, Martinez comes into this fight with 50 career wins, 28 of which came by knockout. Martinez has virtually all of the edges for this fight on Saturday. He is more experienced, he has more power and he will be fighting in front of a crowd in Argentina that will be almost exclusively cheering for him.
Martin Murray (25-0-1, 11 KO's)
The challenger comes into this fight unbeaten but untested as his record has been built up against pretty weak competition. Not only does Murray have the problem of facing a fighter in Martinez who he doesn't match up well with in terms of skill, he will also be fighting in front of a crowd that will be heavily against him. Murray is fighting a long way from his home in England. The only bout that even remotely compares to this one for Murray was the fight against Felix Sturm. That bout ended in a draw although many people believe that Murray should have won.
Sergio Martinez is a huge favorite in boxing odds to win this fight on Saturday. Perhaps the odds are a little too high on Martinez based on what some other fighters have said. Floyd Mayweather Sr. said that the fight won't be an easy one for Martinez and Ricky Hatton said that Murray could go down in British Boxing history if he can get the win. "Martin is an underdog, he knows that, but he's more than capable of winning the fight." Hatton said.
Despite the fact that Hatton thinks Murray has a chance this is a very difficult spot for him. He is unlikely to get a knockout against Martinez so that means he would have to win a decision. And it would have to be convincing with this bout being in Argentina. The most likely outcome is Martinez winning this one by decision.
The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York is the site for Saturday's welterweight title fight between Zab Judah and Danny Garcia. Let's look at this fight that will be shown live on Showtime.
Danny Garcia (25-0, 16 KOs)
The current WBC and WBA welterweight title holder is unbeaten at 25-0 with 16 of those wins coming by knockout. He has beaten everyone of note already including Amir Khan, Erik Morales and Kendall Holt. He doesn't have the experience of Judah but so far in his career, Garcia has shown that his talent wins out over experience. "When you get hit, it don't matter how much experience you've got. If you can't take the punch, that's the only thing that matters." Garcia said, "I'm in great shape, and I'm focused, and I'm doing the right thing. When that's happening, the only person that can beat me is me. I'm ready to go, I feel strong, and it's going to be an epic night on April 27."
Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KOs)
This veteran fighter is past his prime at the age of 35 but he does have some advantages in this fight. He has more experience, he should have the speed edge and his punching skill is probably equal to that of Garcia. What he has not shown of late is the ability to win against a fighter who is any good.
The boxing odds on this fight have Garcia as about a 5-1 favorite. On paper, those odds seem too high but it is still hard to get too excited taking a fighter in Judah who has yet to prove he can win a big fight. And Garcia has proven he knows how to win. Garcia simply has more heart than Judah and he is never satisfied. "There's never enough," Garcia said, "I just got to keep defending my titles and keep my fans happy." On Saturday night he should do just that as he gets the win over Judah.
Heavyweight contenders Steve Cunningham and Tyson Fury will do battle on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York in a fight that will be televised by NBC. Let's take a look at this IBF heavyweight eliminator bout.
Tyson Fury comes into this fight with a record of 20-0 with 14 knockouts while Steve Cunningham is 25-5 with 12 knockouts. Boxing oddsmakers have made Fury more than a 5-1 favorite to win this fight. The winner of this bout on Saturday will move up to #2 in the IBF rankings and remain on track to get a title shot against heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
This fight will be the first one in the United States for Fury who was actually named after Mike Tyson. Fury comes into this fight unbeaten but we still are not quite sure just how good he is. He definitely has the frame at 6'9" and the power to dominate any fighter he faces including the more experienced Cunningham. Fury does have wins over Dereck Chisora, Vinnie Maddalone and Kevin Johnson but Cunningham could be his toughest test to date. Fury has definitely been running his mouth in advance of this fight, telling anyone who will listen how he is going to destroy Cunningham. "I'm a man on a mission," Fury said. "I mean business. Your heavyweight run is coming to an end. I'm going to retire you Steve."
Cunningham has definitely taken all of Fury's trash talk personally and he is very motivated to win this fight on Saturday. The problem he has is getting close enough to do damage to Fury without getting crushed. Cunningham realizes this fight on Saturday is a big chance for him to prove he can compete in the heavyweight division. "I'm gonna do it now with the lights on us. NBC on us, America, the world watching. I've been motivated," Cunningham said.
Saturday's fight can be seen live on NBC on Saturday afternoon.
You might be surprised to learn just how young Alvarez is based on the number of fights he has had. He is just 22 years old but he has been boxing since he was 13 and he turned pro in his teenage years. Thirty of his 41 wins have come by knockout. Some of his detractors have said he hasn't fought anyone of note and recently there is no arguing that point as his wins were against Jose Cotto, Carlos Baldomir, Matthew Hatton, Ryan Rhodes, Alfonso Gomez, Kermit Cintron, Shane Mosley and Josesito Lopez. It is really hard to know just how good Alvarez really is.
Austin Trout (26-0)
Trout does not have the power that Alvarez has with only 14 of his wins coming by knockout. He is a little bit older than Alvarez but he has more speed. He also hasn't fought that much tough competition but at least he has one good win of note as he defeated Miguel Cotto last time out. Trout beat Canelo's brother, Rigoberto Alvarez to win the MBA junior middleweight title and then defended it against Delvin Rodriguez before the win over Cotto.
This should be a really entertaining fight on Saturday night. Canelo has the power to win this fight but I don't know if he will get the chance to show it. Trout has more speed and skill and he may just decide to outbox Canelo all night. The problem with that strategy is that the crown in San Antonio is going to be heavily in favor of Canelo and in a close decision the judges oftentimes will follow the crowd. I think this fight will go to decision and if the judges are fair then Trout has a decent chance to win.
WBO Featherweight champion Orlando Salido will defend his title on Saturday, January 19th in New York against challenger Mikey Garcia. Let’s look at this fight that can be seen on HBO and make a prediction.
Orlando Salido (39-11-2, 27 knockouts) The champ comes into this fight with a record of 39-11-2 with 27 knockouts. He has more experience than Garcia but also a lot more losses. He is a high energy fighter that goes right after his opponents. Sometimes that style works well as he has 27 knockouts but at other times he has been caught. Salido also hasn’t proven he can beat a really good fighter. The question in this fight is just how good is Garcia?
Miguel Angel Garcia (30-0, 26 knockouts) Mikey, as he is known, is unbeaten in his career with 26 knockouts. He turned pro in 2006 and has shown good power in his career winning almost all of his fights by knockout. While Mikey has looked very good in his career, he hasn’t fought anyone of the caliber of Salido. “We've been looking for this kind of fight, because I want to prove myself," said Garcia, "I am going to show people that I am the total package, and that I can beat a guy like Salido. Yes, he is tough and this is not an easy fight. But I am confident I have the skills and ability to win."
Boxing Pick This fight is not going to be boring. Both fighters have an all or nothing type of style. Salido is going to be going for big shots throughout the fight for as long as it lasts. Garcia won’t back down so this one should be exciting. While Salido has more experience, I think Garcia has more power. If Garcia is patient and picks his spots I think he will find the opportunity to land some big shots and get the knockout.
The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York will be the site for the February 9th fight on Showtime between current WBC/WBA light welterweight champion Danny Garcia and former world champion Zab Judah. Let’s look at this bout and boxing predictions.
The Numbers Danny Garcia comes into this fight with a record of 25-0 with 16 knockouts while Zab Judah is 42-7 with 29 knockouts. It is a matchup between the younger and more talented Garcia and the aging Judah. Some boxing fans believe that Judah has a chance to win this fight and perhaps he can if he lands a big shot but the more likely outcome is a Garcia win by knockout.
Early Fireworks The camps of Garcia and Judah have already been at it and the fight still isn’t here yet. In their press conference it was Garcia’s father and trainer Angel who ran his mouth about Judah. He basically said that every time that Judah has “stepped up” he has lost. "My dad was just stating true facts," Danny said on Showtime. "Every time he took a tough fight, he failed. Zab got mad, it broke out and there was a little riot at the press conference.”
Boxing Predictions If not for Angel Garcia talking about Judah this fight probably wouldn’t be getting much press. Judah is simply an old fighter that has to hope to land a big left hand against Garcia to win. It probably won’t happen as Garcia is simply too good. Judah beat a poor Vernon Paris in his last fight but Garcia is head and shoulders better than Paris. It is just hard to envision a scenario in which Judah doesn’t get knocked out. The oddsmakers agree as Garcia is better than a 7-1 favorite in boxing odds to win this fight. Perhaps Judah can make this competitive but the most likely scenario is Garcia winning this one by knockout.
An excellent matchup between two talented boxers takes place on Saturday, December 15th in Los Angeles as Amir Khan takes on Carlos Molina. Let’s take a look at this light welterweight fight that will be televised by Showtime.
Khan Heavily Favored
Even though Molina comes into this fight unbeaten, it is Khan who is a big favorite in boxing odds. Khan has a record of 26-3 with 18 knockouts while Molina is unbeaten at 17-0-1 with 7 knockouts. Khan is bigger, faster and he has more experience than Molina. That does not mean there are not concerns about Khan as he comes into this bout off two straight losses. Many people are wondering whether Khan has the chin to be a true champion.
Molina Looking for the Knockout
Even though he is a big underdog, Molina believes he can get a knockout against Khan. “Khan’s got a good jab, fast hands and he’s a good overall athlete, but he has flaws,” Molina said. Khan has shown recently that he simply can’t stand and trade shots with opponents. Molina will be looking to do what Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia did to Khan. Whether he has enough talent to pull it off is the question.
Khan Looking for Redemption
It has been tough for Khan lately with two straight losses but he has changed trainers, firing Freddie Roach and going with Virgil Hunter. “I’m fighting Carlos Molina on 15th Dec in LA arena. I’m looking forward to the fight, it’s been a tough, tough journey over the last 12 months that I’ve had,” said Khan, “Initially having the loss against Peterson, I still believe that I won the fight, and I didn’t get it.” Khan said, “I tried to get it again, but it didn’t happen because of the drug tests, after the whole training camp, 10 weeks, the fight was called off. I took maybe a week or two off and then jumped in with Danny Garcia.” Khan not only has to beat Molina, he has to win in dominating fashion or the big paydays he has been dreaming of will not be coming down the road.
Khan may very well end up getting the win but the value is on Molina who is more than an 8-1 underdog.
Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will fight for the fourth time as they battle in Las Vegas on Saturday, December 8th. The two fought to a draw in the first battle back in 2004 while Pacquaio has taken the last two fights. Let’s look at this bout on Saturday night that has Pacquaio as about a 3-1 favorite in boxing odds.
Pacquiao comes into this fight at 54-4-2 with 38 knockouts while Marquez is 54-6-1 with 39 knockouts. The last time these two met was just over a year ago when Pacquaio won a controversial majority decision. Pacquaio didn’t look very good in that fight and many people believe that the judges robbed Marquez. Pacquaio has promised to be more aggressive this time. "Right now my mind is focused on being more aggressive for this fight," Pacquiao said, "I will try not to fight as slow at the end of this fight as I did in the last three fights.” Pacquaio is out to prove a point in this fight against Marquez. "I am giving him a chance to prove he can win the fight because he thought he has won all three and he keeps talking about it. So it is very important to me, to win this fight." Pacquaio lost his most recent fight as he was robbed by the judges in a split decision defeat to Timothy Bradley. Other than the two judges that gave Bradley the win, no one else thought that Pacquaio lost that fight.
Pacquaio is the favorite in this fourth matchup against Marquez and there is no doubt that Pacquaio comes into the fight very motivated after being robbed by the judges in the fight against Bradley in June and he wants to prove that he can beat Marquez without the help of the judges. The odds on Pacquiao are high but it is hard to see him losing this fight. There is also a good chance the fight goes the distance just as their previous three fights did.
Nonito Donaire takes on Jorge Arce in Houston, Texas on Saturday, December 15th in a fight that can be seen on HBO. Donaire is 30-1 in his career with 19 knockouts while Arce is 61-6-2 with 46 knockouts. Let’s take a look at this fight that has Donaire heavily favored in boxing odds.
On paper this matchup between Donaire and Arce seems to be a mismatch as Donaire is younger, more talented and he is the current WBO super bantamweight champion. Arce comes into the fight confident, even though he is the underdog. "I am sure that I will knock him out. ... I fight better, with more confidence and with more desire when I'm the underdog.” Arce said, “And on this occasion it will be no different." Arce has proven in the past that he can be a dangerous underdog as he defeated Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in May of 2011. The problem for Arce is that Donaire is even better than Vazquez.
The only danger for Donaire in this fight is if he comes into the bout overconfident and unprepared. That doesn’t seem likely, especially against an opponent like Arce that will come at him hard and fast. Because Arce won’t back down this fight probably won’t go the distance as Donaire has enough power to end this one early. It would probably be a good idea for Donaire not to go the distance in this one and leave the fight in the hands of the judges. With the fight taking place in Houston there is no question that most of the fans in attendance will be cheering for the Mexican fan-favorite, Arce. Donaire is simply stronger, faster and more talented than Arce so it is hard to see this fight going to a decision.
While this fight is pretty much a mismatch, it should be entertaining for as long as it lasts. There is always the chance that Arce could get lucky and land a big shot but more likely is that Donaire continues to pound away and eventually get the knockout.
Madison Square Garden in New York is the venue for the December 1 WBA Light Middleweight championship bout between Austin Trout and Miguel Cotto. Cotto opened as a -225 favorite with Trout a +180 dog despite being the defending champion. Fight time is set for 10 PM ET.
Austin Trout is 5 foot 10 inches tall and age 27 hailing from Las Cruces, New Mexico and is a southpaw with a career record of 25 wins and 0 losses with 14 wins by knockout. He won the WBA Light Middleweight title on February 5, 2011 in a unanimous decision over Rigoberto Alvarez and has since successfully defended the title on 3 occasions. He defeated David Lopez in a unanimous decision on June 11, 2011 followed by a technical knockout win over Frank LoPorto on November 11, 2011 and last fought on June 6, 2012 with a unanimous decision win over Delvin Rodriguez. He began his boxing career as a professional in 2005. Trout has also been a champion as WBA Continental Americas Light Middleweight champion as well as winning the WBA Fedelatin Light Middleweight title.
Miguel Cotto is 5 foot 7 inches tall and hales from Caguas, Puerto Rico and is 32 years of age. He has 40 career bouts with 37 wins including 30 by knockout. Cotto has a distinguished career as a champion starting with the WBC Light Welterweight title back in 2003 as he later won the WBO title in that same weight class. He then moved on to win the WBA and WBO Welterweight titles and later scored the title belt in the WBA Super Light Middleweight Division. Cotto is coming off a loss in which he surrendered the WBA Super Light Middleweight championship belt to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. on May 5, 2012 in a unanimous decision.
Cotto’s record as a champion is countered by Trout’s undefeated career record to make for a true “Dream Bout” as this one could go the 12 round distance!