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A Superfight In Name Only: Mayweather Vs. Maidana

  • Posted on Tue, April 15th, 2014 by Ja Dawson

It's funny. When it was initially reported that Floyd Mayweather was going to face Amir Khan as his next opponent, many fight fans #MayweatherMaidana(myself included) scoffed at the notion. 

And rightfully so. 

Floyd was coming off a resounding victory over Canelo Alvarez, in what what was supposed to be one of the stiffest tests of his career. 

Amir Khan, on the other hand, was fresh off an unimpressive decision win over the shopworn Julio Diaz.

So when Mayweather pulled the old "switch-a-roo" and chose Marcos Maidana as his May opponent, fight fans (myself included) rejoiced.

Maidana had just soundly humbled and beat up the man that many prematurely annointed to be Mayweather's heir apparent, Adrien Broner.

But after the exuberance of the fight's announcement wore off, I came to my senses. 

By the numbers, this is another quintissential mismatch in favor of Mayweather, unless 1) Maidana lands the perfect punch or 2) Mayweather gets old overnight.

We've heard this story before though, haven't we? 

In a fight in which Mayweather's only clear disadvantage will be in the area of punching power, he whitewashes Maidana in the chin, competition, defense, footwork, hand speed, ring generalship, size, and stamina departments.

Do not be surprised if Mayweather wins by late stoppage, but the safe Money (pun intended) is another comprehensive Mayweather unanimous decision victory.

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I’m Finally Betting On Bradley But Don’t Count On Him Getting The Nod

  • Posted on Tue, March 11th, 2014 by Ja Dawson

I have been hating on Timothy Bradley for years on this blog. Pacquiao-Bradley II

Here's the list of my fight predictions involving the man:

But this time, I am finally going to get it right!

My money is on Bradley to upset the apple cart for the first time (wink) when he rematches Manny Pacquiao next month. Ahem, I mean he will defeat him for the second time!

Why will Bradley defeat Pac Man in their rematch?

Because Timothy Bradley is on a roll, given his rousing, clear-cut decision victory over Pacquiao's latest conquerer, Juan Manuel Marquez last year. And because Pacquiao, despite his "comeback" win against Brandon Rios (which was unimpressive to me), has apparently seen better days.

There's one small problem however. I do not believe that Bradley will be given the decision by the judges!

Harkening back to the malodorous (draw) decision against Lennox Lewis in his title shot against Evander Holyfield, Lewis was subsequently awarded a reasonably fair, but seemingly very close decision in their rematch. If the malodorous prequel had been ruled in Lewis's favor, I could easily have seen Holyfield getting the nod in their rematch.

However, like Holyfield in Holyfield-Lewis II, TImothy Bradley will feel like he's ice-skating uphill in his upcoming battle against Manny Pacquiao, who is not only more popular, but has the added benefit of potential sympathy from the judges-who may feel that he was on the receiving end of an awful decision the first go-round.

I sincerely hope that I am wrong in my suspicion, and that the best man rightfully wins. But I have been wrong before, just like my previous Timothy Bradley posts.

THE VERDICT: MANNY PACQUIAO UD12 TIMOTHY BRADLEY

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War Mexico! Canelo Meets El Perro!

  • 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. 

Canelo-vs-AnguloWhen 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.

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Featured Fighter: Tony Bellew

  • 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 Tony Bellewnarrow 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.

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Jean Pascal (26-2-1) Vs. Lucian Bute (31-1-0) For Canadian Supremacy

  • 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. Bute vs. Pascal

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. 

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