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There is no shortage of great boxers in action this weekend.  While the matchups could be better, it’s great to see these guys in the ring again.  Here are my breakdowns of the notable fights!

Friday, October 15th

Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma (Showtime) 

The Main Event:

Heavyweights (10 Rounds) – Former Light heavyweight Champion of the World, Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (27-6, 19 KO’s) will take on Nagy Aguilera (16-4, 11 KO’s)

  • Tarver is coming off a 12 round decision loss to Chad Dawson last May.  His last win was in 2008. 
  • Aguilera is coming off a 12 round decision loss to Maurice Harris in August.  He’s 2-2 in his last four fights.
  • Tarver is campaigning as a heavyweight for the first time in his career for this fight.  He’s picked the right kind of opponent to debut against as a heavyweight and shouldn’t have a problem.

The Co-Feature:

Welterweights (10 Rounds) – Cleveland Welterweight prospect “Showtime” Shawn Porter (16-0, 12 KO’s) will go up against Hector “The Hurricane” Muñoz (18-3-1, 11 KO’s)

  • Porter is coming off a 10 round unanimous decision over Ray Robinson in July.  His only two scheduled 10 round fights have gone the distance.
  • Muñoz is coming off a fifth round knockout loss to Mike Jones in April.  He’s been stopped early in back to back fights and hasn’t won since 2008.
  • This fight is a major mismatch.  Of Muñoz’s 18 wins, four have come against guys with a winning record.  Porter is going to smoke this cat, who shouldn’t even be in the same ring. 

 

Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California (Telefutura)

The Main Event:

Super Featherweights (10 rounds) – Eloy “The Prince” Perez (18-0-2, 5 KO’s) will fight Dominic Salcido (18-2, 9 KO’s)

  • Perez is coming off a fifth round knockout over Derrick Campos in August.  He’s won 10 straight. 
  • Salcido is coming off an eight round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Guillermo Sanchez in May.  He’s 2-2 over his last four bouts. 
  • Perez is a great boxer-puncher and will utilize those skills to get by Salcido, who will put up a valiant effort.

The Co-Feature:

Heavyweights (10 rounds) – Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (18-0-1, 12 KO’s) will battle Derrick “D-Train” Brown (13-5-3, 11 KO’s)

  • Mitchell is coming off a first round stoppage over Derek Bryant in July.  Five of his last six bouts have ended inside the distance, including three straight.
  • Brown is coming off a second round knockout loss to Jeremiah Graziano in March.  He hasn’t won a fight since 2006, a span of five fights.
  • Golden Boy Promotions is being cautious while they bring up Mitchell, who only started boxing in 2006.  He was a legitimate linebacker in college for the Michigan State Spartans before several knee injuries derailed his football career.

 

Bell Center, Montreal, Canada (ESPN3.com live, delayed on ESPN on Sunday)

The Main Event:

Super Middleweights (12 rounds) – Ring Magazine #1 Super Middleweight Lucian “Le Tombeur” Bute (26-0, 21 KO’s) takes on Jesse Brinkley (35-5, 22 KO’s)

  • Bute is coming off a third round technical knockout over Edison Miranda in April.  Five of his last six fights have been stopped inside the distance, including three straight.
  • Brinkley is coming off a twelve round unanimous decision over Curtis Stevens in January.  He’s won nine straight.
  • Bute is arguably the best super middle in the world right now, along with Andre Ward.  That is the real fight in the division, but until the Super Six Tournament is over, Bute will have to continue to dispatch overmatched opponents like Brinkley.

The Co-Feature:

Light Heavyweights (10 rounds) – Ring Magazine #6 Light Heavyweight Adrian “The Shark” Diaconu (26-2, 15 KO’s) goes up against Omar Sheika (30-9, 21 KO’s)

  • Diaconu is coming off back to back decision losses against the Jean Pascal, the Light Heavyweight Champion of the World. 
  • Sheika is coming off a third round technical knockout over Jim Strohl in June.  He’s won three straight and four of his last five, albeit against extremely weak opposition. 
  • With Diaconu’s only losses coming to Pascal, his resume looks even better.  The 33 year old Sheika has been in so many ring wars, his boxing age is closer to 43.  He’s well past his prime.

 

Saturday, October 16th

02 World Arena, Hamburg, Germany (ESPN3.com live, delayed on ESPN on Sunday)

The Main Event:

Heavyweights (12 rounds) – Ring Magazine #1 Heavyweight Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko (40-2, 38 KO’s) fights Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (51-5-1, 45 KO’s)

  • Klitschko is coming off a tenth round knockout over Albert Sosnowski in May.  He’s won eight in a row, seven by knockout.
  • Briggs is coming off a first round stoppage over Rob Calloway in May.  He’s won three straight, all by first round knockout.
  • These two combine for an incredible 84% knockout percentage.  Someone is getting stopped.  Unfortunately for American fight fans, it’s going to be Briggs, who starts huffing and puffing usually after two or three rounds.

The Co-Feature:

Cruiserweights (10 rounds) – Ring Magazine #9 Cruiserweight Ola “Kryptonite” Afolabi (14-2-3, 6 KO’s) battles Sandro Siproshvili (24-6, 11 KO’s)

  • Afolabi is coming off a close 12 round decision loss to #2 Cruiserweight Marco Huck last December.  He had been unbeaten in 14 straight fights before that setback.
  • Siproshvili is coming off a first round knockout over Siarhei Voron in July.  He’s won nine of his last ten.
  • Don’t let Siproshvili’s record fool you, as only four of his twenty-four wins have come against opponents with winning records.  Afolabi simply needs to get in the ring and fight, and that’s what this fight is for. 

 

Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, Florida (PPV)

The Main Event:

Jr. Featherweights (12 rounds) – Ring Magazine #9 Jr. Featherweight Wilfredo “WV2” Vazquez Jr. (19-0-1, 16 KO’s) will take on Ivan “Choko” Hernandez (28-4-1, 17 KO’s)

  • Vazquez Jr. is coming off a tenth round stoppage over previously undefeated Zsolt Bedak in May.  He’s scored knockouts in four straight fights, and six of his last seven.
  • Hernandez is coming off a fifth round stoppage over Lizandro De Los Santos in May.  He’s won five of six.
  • Out of all the sons trying to emulate their world class fathers, Vazquez Jr. is the leader of the pack.  He is a legit boxer, despite taking up the sport at a late age.  He won’t have any issues with Hernandez as he looks to climb up the Jr. Featherweight ladder, where there isn’t a legit World Champion.

 

Estadio De Beisbol, Monterrey, Mexico (Fox Sports en Espanol)

The Main Event:

Flyweights (12 rounds) – Ring Magazine #8 Flyweight Julio Cesar Miranda (33-5-1, 26 KO’s) will go up against Michael Arango (31-9-3, 25 KO’s)

  • Miranda is coming off an eight round stoppage over Ronald Ramos last month.  He’s won four of his last five, all by knockout.
  • Arango is coming off a second round knockout over Nestor Arroyo last month.  He’s 2-2-1 over his last five bouts.
  • Miranda is looking to stay in the ratings and get another crack at Flyweight World Champion and pound for pound elite Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, whom he lost a decision to last April.

 

Olympic Sports Palace, Chekhov, Russia (No U.S. TV)

The Main Event:

Heavyweights (10 rounds) – Ring Magazine #3 Heavyweight Alexander “Russian Vityaz” Povetkin (19-0, 14 KO’s) will fight Teke Oruh (14-2-1, 6 KO’s)

  • Povetkin is coming off a fifth round stoppage over Javier Mora in March.  Three of his last four fights have ended inside the distance.
  • Oruh is coming off a 10 round decision loss to Manuel Quezada in 2008!  He hasn’t won a fight since 2007!
  • Povetkins trainer, Teddy Atlas, pulled Povetkin out of a scheduled fight with World Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko earlier this year citing Povetkin not being ready for that type of fight in his career.  I don’t see how fighting a guy that hasn’t been in the ring since 2008 can get Povetkin ready.  I call BS.
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Thursday, September 30th

Club Nokia, Los Angeles, Ca. (Fox Sports Net) 

Welterweights – Jesse Vargas annihilated Pablo Sarmiento, stopping him at 1:31 of the first round.  A right cross followed by a left hook did the damage.

  • It was the fourth straight knockout victory for Vargas, who improved to 12-0, 7 KO’s.
  • It was the first time in his career that Sarmiento, whose record fell to 34-14-2, had been stopped in the first round.
  • I said going into the fight that it was going to be a mismatch, and indeed it was. 

 

Welterweights – A left hook to the body was all that was needed for Anthony Martinez to get rid of Ronnie Peterson.  Official time was :52 of the first round.

  • Martinez will look to start another knockout streak, as his record improved to 6-0, 5 KO’s.
  • Peterson was stopped for the fourth time in row and his record is now 3-4.
  • Another fight that I predicted would be non-competitive, as Peterson proved to be the bum that I said he was before the fight.

 

Welterweights – Jamie Kavanagh won a four round unanimous decision over Ricardo Malfavon, 40-36 on all three judge’s scorecards.

  • Kavanagh simply outboxed Malfavon to improve to 3-0, 1 KO.
  • It was a victory of sorts for Malfavon, who despite losing again, made it the distance for the first time in his professional career.  His record fell to 0-3.
  • It’s pretty safe to say that Kavanagh isn’t going to be a power puncher, but he does work out of Freddie Roach’s Wild Card gym, so he will get plenty of good training to utilize his boxing skills.

 

Why do all of these Golden Boy Promoted Fight Night Club shows involve mismatches?  The prospects on these cards learn nothing, and when they do step up in class, they get exposed.  I believe Jesse Vargas and Anthony Martinez are future prospects to keep an eye on, but, really, is this the best opposition that they can find for these guys?  And they show this garbage on TV?  Horrendous job of matchmaking here.

 

Friday, October 1st

The Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, Ca. (Showtime)

Jr. Welterweights – In what was thought to be a competitive fight coming in, Tim Coleman stopped Patrick Lopez at 2:13 of the third round.

  • Coleman dropped Lopez with a right hand in the second round, then finished him off with an uppercut in the third round.  Coleman has now won four straight, and improved to 18-1-1, 5 KO’s.
  • Lopez, who came in having won five straight, including a scintillating third round stoppage over Cleveland prospect Prenice Brewer in his last fight, was stopped for the first time in his career.  His record is now 20-3.
  • Coming into this fight I predicted the winner would get closer to a legit top ten ranking, and I still believe that.  Coleman looked tremendous, and working with Roger Mayweather, appears to have him moving in the right direction.  I can’t wait to see him in the ring again. 

 

Lightweights – In an all action fight, Archie Ray Marquez stopped Juan Santiago at :11 of the third round.

  • Marquez overcame a point deduction for a low blow in the second round to drop Santiago at the end of the same round.  He then jumped all over Santiago at the start of the third to force referee Ray Corona to call a halt to the bout.  His record improved to 11-0, 8 KO’s.
  • Santiago was game, but simply didn’t have the firepower to match Marquez.  His record fell to 13-5-1.
  • I said coming into this fight that Marquez hadn’t fought anyone and this fight would help determine if he was a prospect worth keeping our eyes on.  I think there’s no question about it now, as Marquez is an exciting fighter that warrants being paid attention to among the prospects.  How about a date with Cleveland based lightweight prospect Yuandale Evans?

 

This card was the perfect example of making the fights in the ring.  Coming into the night, both of the fights were “pick’em” style fights.  No clear-cut winner on paper.  Both looked like perfect candidates for fights that go the distance.  Well that’s why they fight.  Great matchmaking, and even better results.

Club De Regatas, Corrientes, Argentina (Telefutura)

Lightweights – Jorge Barrios returned from nearly a year off with a ten round unanimous decision over Wilson Alcorro by the scores of 100-95, 100-92, and 99.5-93.5.

  • Barrios was never in trouble during this bout and has now won three straight.  He upped his record to 50-4-1.
  • Alcorro continued his ways away from his native Colombia, as he has now lost six of his last seven fights away from home.  His record dropped to 28-13-3.
  • Alcorro was a late replacement for this fight and it showed.  Barrios has some legal problems stemming from an auto accident earlier this year that he still needs to take care of, and if he does, he can still be a player at lightweight.

Welterweights – Hector Saldivia crushed Jailton De Jesus Souza, stopping him in the third round.

  • Saldiva was never in jeopardy in this mismatch, and has won fourteen of his last fifteen fights.  His record is 35-2, 28 KO’s.
  • De Jesus Souza came into the bout having defeated only one fighter with a winning record.  His record is very misleading.  It is now 12-2.
  • I would like to see Saldivia get another crack at a U.S. fight.

 

Another Golden Boy promoted event, another night full of mismatches.  Coming into these fights, Barrios and Saldivia were HEAVY favorites, and after watching the fights happen, I was left with a sour taste in my mouth.

Saturday, October 2nd 

Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan (No U.S. TV)

Jr. Featherweights – Ryol Li Lee pulled off one of, if the not the biggest upsets of the year as he shocked the Ring Magazine #1 ranked Jr. Featherweight Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym by twelve round unanimous decision.   Official scores were 118-110, 115-113, and 115-114.

  • Lee, a relative unkown, even in Aaia, effectively countered the champion all night to turn in the performance of his career.  He’s won eleven in a row and will now be ranked in the top five in the Jr. Featherweight division.  His record is 17-1-1, 8 KO’s.
  • Kratingdaenggym, who came into the fight with seventeen straight wins, was cut twice and despite being the aggressor, couldn’t catch the challenger.
  • This fight has re-match written all over it.

Thursday, September 30th

Club Nokia, Los Angeles, Ca. (Fox Sports Net) 

The Main Event:

Welterweights (8 Rounds) – Jesse Vargas (11-0, 6 KO’s) will take on Pablo Sarmiento (34-13-2, 16 KO’s).

  • Vargas is coming off a sixth round knockout over Ernesto Zavala in June.  He’s scored knockout victories in four of his last five fights, including three straight.
  • Sarmiento is coming off a twelve round split decision loss to Colin Lyles in 2004!  This will be his first fight in the U.S. since 1999!
  • Vargas, who is just 21 years young, is one of Golden Boy Promotions top up and coming prospects.  Don’t expect Sarmiento, who’s been out of the ring for six years, to put up much of a challenge.

The Co-Featured bout:

Welterweights (4 Rounds) – Anthony Martinez (5-0, 4 KO’s) will go up against Ronnie Peterson (3-3, 3 KO’s).

  • Martinez is coming off a four round split decision over Cristian Favela last month.  This will be his third fight in 2010, after having only three fights total his first three years as a professional.
  • Peterson is coming off a first round knockout loss to Frankie Gomez in July.  He’s been stopped in his last three fights.
  • Peterson enters this fight as a lame duck.  Martinez will have no problems dismantling this bumb.

Opening TV bout:

Welterweights (4 rounds) – Jamie Kavanagh (2-0, 1 KO) will battle Ricardo Malfavon (0-2).

  • Kavanagh is coming off a four round unanimous decision over Luis Sanchez in June.
  • Malfavon is coming off a second round stoppage loss to Frankie Gomez in April.
  • If Kavanagh cannot get by Malfavon, who has been stopped the only two times he’s entered the prize ring, he needs to find a new profession.

 

Friday, October 1st

The Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, Ca. (Showtime)

The Main Event:

Jr Welterweights (12 rounds) – Patrick Lopez (20-2, 12 KO’s) takes on Tim Coleman (17-1-1, 4 KO’s).

  • Lopez is coming off a third round stoppage over previously unbeaten Cleveland boxer Prenice Brewer last month.  He’s won five straight.
  • Coleman is coming off a 12 round split decision over Mike Arnaoutis last December.  He’s won three straight.
  • This is a nice little main event for Showtime’s Shobox series.  The winner will look to get closer to a legit top ten ranking.

Co-Featured bout:

Lightweights (8 rounds) – Archie Ray Marquez (10-0, 7 KO’s) goes up against Juan Santiago (13-4-1, 8 KO’s)

  • Marquez is coming off an eight round unanimous decision over Derrick Campos in January.  He’s had back-to-back decision wins.
  • Santiago is coming off a tenth round knockout over previously undefeated Donaldo Holguin in June.  Of his four losses, only one comes from a fighter who wasn’t undefeated.
  • Great step up fight for Marquez, who has fought absolutely no one.  Santiago has been in with the tougher opposition.  This fight will tell us if Marquez is truly a prospect worth keeping our eyes on.

 

Club De Regatas, Corrientes, Argentina (Telefutura)

The Main Event:

Lightweights (10 rounds) – Jorge Barrios (49-4-1, 35 KO’s) battles Wilson Alcorro (28-12-3, 18 KO’s).

  • Barrios is coming off a fifth round stoppage over Michael Lozada last November.  He’s won back-to-back fights and hasn’t lost in Argentina since 1997!
  • Alcorro is coming off a third round knockout over Elfran Arroyo in July.  He’s won back-to-back fights in his native Colombia after having lost five of his last six away from home.
  • Barrios should continue his winning streak here, as Alcorro rarely wins a step up fight.

The co-feature:

Welterweights (10 rounds) – Hector Saldivia (34-2, 27 KO’s) will take on Jailton De Jesus Souza (12-1, 10 KO’s)

  • Saldivia is coming off a third round stoppage over Diego Alzugaray last month.  He’s won thirteen of his last fourteen fights.
  • De Jesus Souza is coming off a six round unanimous decision over William Santos in July.  That was his first fight since his first loss as a professional.
  • Saldivia will wipe the floor with De Jesus Souza, who has beaten only one fighter with a winning record.

 

Saturday, October 2nd 

Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan (No U.S. TV)

The Main Event:

Jr Featherweights (12 rounds) – Ring Magazine #1 Jr. Featherweight Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (41-1, 29 KO’s) will go up against Ryol Li Lee (16-1-1, 8 KO’s)

  • Kratingdaenggym is coming off a fourth round knockout over Shoji Kimura in May.  He’s won seventeen straight fights, dating back to 2006.
  • Lee is coming off a ten round unanimous decision over Hisashi Amagasa in June.  He’s won ten in a row.
  • Kratingdaenggym has way too much experience for Lee.  The real matchup in this division, one that will crown a legitimate champion, will be a matchup between Kratingdaenggym and Toshiaki Nishioka.