- Posted on Thu, February 6th, 2014 by Ja Dawson
Alas, we have a matchup between two boxers who will not be looking to out-slick one another.
When Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO's) faces off against Alfredo "Perro" Angulo (22-3, 18 KO's) on March 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, you can expect fireworks.
I do not expect the fight to go the distance and I expect Alvarez to win in exciting, albeit, one-sided fashion.
Although I believe that Angulo has faced slightly stiffer competition than Alvarez during his career, he's at a deficit in just about every other major fistic category, especially chin, defense and ring generalship.
Despite his apparent flaws, I also believe that Angulo has an excellent chance to make this a great fight for however long it lasts. Why? Because styles make fights, and Angulo's aggressive style combined with Alvarez's aggressive counter-punching, will lead to a conclusive, concussive finish in a few weeks.
And the winner will be: Saul "Canelo" Alvarez via 8th round TKO.
- Posted on Thu, January 30th, 2014 by Ja Dawson
Soccer betting fans may well be looking towards the summer’s World Cup, but for boxing betting fans, there are more pressing issues at stake. Tony Bellew will begin life in the cruiserweight division with a tough test against two-time former world cruiserweight title challenger Valery Brudov in March at the Echo Arena, in what will be the Liverpool fighter’s first bout after making the move from light-heavyweight.
Bellew made the decision to step up a weight after being comprehensively beaten by Adonis Stevenson for the WBC light-heavyweight title in November in Canada, the second defeat in his career after the narrow points loss to Nathan Cleverly in 2011 for the WBO belt. After out-boxing Bellew for five shut-out rounds, Stevenson made the outspoken Englishman eat his words by knocking him out in the sixth.
While Bellew’s first loss had been a contentious points defeat that could have gone either way, his defeat in Canada in late 2013 convinced the Liverpudlian to make the move up to cruiserweight. At 6ft 3in, Bellew has the frame to be a solid cruiserweight, but the question will be whether he has the chin to take cruiserweight punches.
The 31-year old hasn’t been given an easy fight in experienced Russian Brudov, who will come into the bout with a record of 41 wins (28 KOs) with just four defeats. While Brudov has been found wanting against elite fighters such as Firat Arslan, Virgil Hill, Guillermo Jones and Ola Afolabi, the 37-year old will offer Bellew a true test of life in the cruiserweight division.
Bellew has made it clear he wants to be fighting for a world title in his new division before the end of the year, where the former British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion will be looking to become a world champion at the third time of asking.
- Posted on Mon, December 23rd, 2013 by Ja Dawson
Technically-speaking, neither boxer is a native-born Canadian. Pascal hails from the Caribbean island of Haiti while Bute is of Romanian descent. Nonetheless, they are in Canada now, and are now native fighting sons of Quebec.
And when they meet at the Bell Centre in Montreal on January 18, more than national bragging rights will be at stake. The winner is likely in line for a shot at the lineal light heavyweght championship against fellow Canadian transplant Adonis Stevenson.
But first things first, who do I think is going to win this fight? This is a really difficult prediction I must confess.
But here's how I see it going down:
In a fight between two unorthodox boxer-punchers, the pace will be brisk early but not highly efficient.
Look out for a share of missed punches in the first half of the fight due to each fighter's awkwardness as well as the nerves based on the magnitude of the fight.
As the fight reaches the middle rounds, look for the more natural boxer Bute to seize some control, albeit slight.
Although Pascal has tended to fade late in many of his previous fights, I look for him to catch a second wind here to come on late and out-hustle Bute down the stretch for a close, and potentially controversial majority decision.
- Posted on Sat, November 16th, 2013 by Ja Dawson
I am really looking forward to this fight.
It's a confrontation between the "in-his-prime," boxer-puncher Adrien "the Problem" Broner (27-0, 22 KO) against the "in-his-prime," hard-hitting Marcos "El Chino" Maidana (34-3, 31 KO). And when you add the fact that Broner also punches hard, the thought of this fight going the 12-round distance is a long shot.
So, who's going to leave the Alamodome with the WBA welterweight title belt wrapped around his waist?
Based on his huge advantage in hand speed and significant advantage in defense, look for Broner to stop Maidana by about round eight (and don't be surprised if it's to the body). He'll be looking to make a statement after his somewhat difficult decision victory over the "always hard to look good against" Paulie Malignaggi. And I think he will fight with the right balance of caution and aggression to make Maidana yield.
However, the fight will not be without its measure of drama. When you hit like Maidana does, you have much more than a puncher's chance. I'm sure he'll have his moments when he touches Broner to the body or head. But I don't think he'll do it enough based on his track record of struggling with boxer-punchers (Amir Khan and Devon Alexander).
When they meet on Saturday, December 14th, I expect Maidana to face a serious Problem. And we all know who that is.
- Posted on Tue, October 29th, 2013 by Ja Dawson