Friday, March 30, 2012

Weekend Prediction Time

So every Friday, I will be doing a weekend fight report about some fights to look out for as well as some predictions.  Monday’s blog will include a report card and a running tally of my predictions.

It’s a lightweight weekend.

Henry Lundy (21-1-1) vs. Dannie Williams (21-1-0) At Mahsantucket, Conn. 3/30/12
This is an awesome Friday night fights main event.  We have two young lightweight fighters coming into the prime of their career.  The winner of this match will set themselves up nicely for a bigger chance at a notable title shot down the road.  The lesser NABF title will be on the line.  The bonus is that there seems to be some bad blood as they have exchange insults through twitter.  The difference between the two fighters is going to be Lundy’s speed.  Williams said he will not let Lundy build a lead on the scorecards and need a KO like Molina did.  I believe Lundy learned from the Molina fight and will use his boxing to stock pile rounds and win a victory via decision.  Winner - HENRY LUNDY

Jorge Linares (31-2-0) vs. Sergio Thompson (21-2-0) At Cancun, Mexico 3/31/2012
Golden Boy has chosen a solid fighter for Linares to try and bounce back from his DeMarco lost.  Thompson is on a 7 fight winning streak and is fighting in his home country.  Thompson is not as skilled as Linares, but he will bring it and test Linares.  He possesses a solid left hook and will mix his punches up, but even after 7 wins in a row there is not much substance behind it.  Linares will bring his extensive amateur career and Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach to the ring.  Linares is more skilled, but sometimes lacks the patience that would lead to easier wins.  Linares will not shy away from contact and will initiate when necessary, but that also leads to one of Linares’s downfalls.  He cuts easily and frequently.  Thompson will go after it.  I expect this fight to be exciting early, but Linares to pull away behind his boxing ability, maybe even stopping Thompson.  Winner – Jorge Linares

This weekend is not an overly busy weekend when it comes to primetime fights, but the two fights listed will provide some future for the lightweight division, which is currently stacked.  Linares is expected to win.  A Demarco rematch is set with a Linares win.  The winner of Lundy vs. Williams will position themselves a top 10 lightweight and should be in consideration for a title shot.

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