Alright, let’s get back at it. I took a couple days off to enjoy some fantastic NHL playoff hockey. Until the officials ruin it. We’ll save that for an NHL blog. We have ourselves a busy weekend when it comes to the amount of fights. Let’s break some down and choose some winners. Riding hot off a 5-0 weekend, it’s a busy time for boxing fans!
Adonis Stevenson (17-1-0) vs. Noe Gonzalez (28-1-0) At
WBC Silver Super Middleweight Title
I have neither fighter ranked in my top 10 for the supper middleweight division, but that does not mean this will not be a good main event for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Each fighter only has one loss and knows that a win against each other would propel them to a top 10 ranking and a future title shot. Stevenson is known as a very hard puncher and it has excited many fans. Gonzalez is not as well known, but he is an excellent counter puncher with the Mexican boxing heart. Gonzalez has become a well rounded fighter and his lone defeat comes at the hands of division champion Felix Sturm back in 2007. This fight is taking place in Stevenson’s hometown,
, who boosts one of the most fanatic boxing fan bases of recent years. Stevenson is now trained by legendary trainer Emmanuel Steward. Steward is sure to add a solid defense to Stevenson’s awesome power. Stevenson plans to use his predicted win to set up a fight with fellow Montreal fighter Lucian Bute. I believe in the end Adonis Stevenson’s power will be the difference. Winner - Adonis Stevenson Montreal
Abner Mares (23-0-1) vs. Eric Morel (46-2-0) At
El Paso, Texas
WBC Junior Featherweight Title
This is the biggest fight for the weekend. We have two top notch fighters fighting for a title. The way things should be. Mares has taken on top contenders for some time now going 3-0-1 against Perez, Darchinyan and Agbeko twice. This will be Mares first fight at Junior featherweight even though the contracted weight is 120 lbs. Morel has dangled between 118-122 lbs. Morel is on an 11 fight win streak, last losing a decision back in 2005. The junior featherweight division is loaded with top talent including money man Nonito Donaire. Expect Morel and Mares to be fully engaged with each other exchanging shots early and often. In the end I expect Mares youth to take over. This fight is great for the division and the winner will go on to an even greater challenge with names like Donaire, Nishioka, Rigondeaux, Arce and Vazquez Jr. around. Winner – Abner Mares (If betting, take the distance.)
Anselmo Moreno (32-1-1) vs. David De La Mora (24-1-0) At
El Paso, Texas
Moreno’s WBA Super World Bantamweight Title
Both fighters have impressive records, but
has faced the far tougher competition. Moreno has not lost since 2002 and with the departure of Donaire and Mares has become the division’s number one guy. La Mora is a tough fighter, but has flaws. He lost last August to Koki Kameda a nice fighter, but bounced back with a win against a less experienced fighter in Eddy Julio. Moreno ’s speed and experience should be too much for La Mora to handle. La Mora has only participated in three 12-round fights. He is 1-1 in the two that went the distance. Moreno on the other hand has participated in many 12-round fights and his experience will without a doubt be the difference. Winner – Anslemo Moreno (If Betting, take the distance.) Moreno
Here are some other notable fighters: (Not recording W/L’s)
Jose Cotto (32-3-1) vs. Eric Cruz (13-8-3) Winner – Jose Cotto (Stay Busy Fight)
Cristian Mijares(44-6-2) vs. Eddy Julio (13-3-1) Winner – Cristian Mijares (It should be noted that Mijares has way to much to lose in that he is scheduled to face Nonito Donaire in July at Cowboys Stadium)
Omar Naraez (35-1-2) vs. Jose Cabrera (20-2-2) Winner – Omar Naraez (Omar’s WBO Junior Bantamweight Belt on the Line)
Jermain Taylor (29-4-1) vs. Caleb Truax (18-0-1) Winner – Jermian
News and Notes:
- Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor is making his comeback fight. Hopefully he has taken enough time off to let his head heal from back to back knockouts at the hands of Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch. If Jermain can return to form at his most successful weight (160) he can again be a contender and add some spice to the middleweight division.
- Puerto Rican legend Tito Trinidad is in the news. Tito thinks Mayweathers speed and conditioning will be the difference come May 5th. #MayweatherCotto
- Berto vs. Ortiz II is starting to heat up. Each of them is claiming the fight will not go the distance. Their first fight was a classic. I think their second will be very good as well. Each fighter is at a cross road in their career. Looking forward to it.
- Looks like Arthur Abraham has volunteered to face Kelly Pavlik this fall at 168 lbs. Each fighter has suffered defeats since they were rivals at the middleweight division. That does not mean a fight at 168 can not be good and meaningful. Let’s get it done.
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