This Saturday we have a special treat when long time champ and modern day legend Ivan “Ironboy” Calderon attempts to unify his WBO jr flyweight title with the WBA title held by Giovanni “The Aztec Warrior” Segura.
This is a premium time immemorial battle for the ages of two little big men, a Pure Boxer vs Pure Puncher. It is also a battle of many more categories, the best of Puerto Rico against the best of Mexico, the aging sheriff against the prime young gun, Iron Boy against The Aztec Warrior.
Calderon is also holds the Ring belt and Segura is the Ring #1 ranked contender, so who could ask for more?
Ivan Calderon is 35 years old, 100 years old in flyweight years, and a perfect 34-0-1 looking for his matching 35th win in what could well be a Hall of Fame career if he ever decides to hang em up. He’s held a WBO title since he first captured the strawweight title some 7 years ago, 18-0-1 in title fights, more than half his career.
Scraping 5’ tall on a generous day with only 6 knockouts to his credit, it’s safe to say his footwork, angles and counterpunching have proven to be near impeccable to thrive at the top for so long. He has struggled somewhat since moving up a division against hugely bigger, stronger fighters and seems to have lost those youthful sharp edged reflexes that now see him hanging out in the pocket longer for incoming, but he’s still the quickest fighter around and keeps himself well conditioned.
Standing only 5’4”, Giovanni Segura will find himself towering over Calderon come fight night, yet wondering where he is since Calderon will be making himself as scarce as possible to avoid the incoming cannon fire Segura lobs his way while maneuvering for position for his frustrating counter flurries.
Segura at age 28 has impressive credentials with his 24-1-1, 20 KO record and fight ending one punch power that few fighters have survived beyond a few rounds. He’s not the best boxer, but adequate enough to protect himself to set up his big punches.
No way does Segura match the hand and foot speed of Iron Boy, but Segura’s game has always been about timing his big punches, an innate ability that can trump speed when it’s switched on.
Calderon’s unorthodox freewheeling southpaw style is all about disrupting timing and precision, so these fighters’ strengths and weaknesses play into each other’s hands perfectly. The site is Calderon’s favored Puerto Rico hometown style setting, so with his rabid fans at full volume, it seems unlikely Segura could win a decision in a close fight. He will need some knockdowns if not a knockout against a fighter with a perfect record, but Segura may be a special fighter.
He quickly avenged his only two blemishes, a draw and loss by big knockouts in the rematches, and he’s won 5 of his last 5 title fights by KO.
I think Segura can do it and history is on his side as the old lion eventually succumbs to the young lion and Calderon has had a look of being on borrowed time of late compared to his prime fine form.
We shall see since you can never count out an undefeated fighter of Iron Boy’s proven heart and credentials, even on the slide.
Regardless, both fighters and teams deserve full props for putting together a fight of this caliber, so it’s win/win for both from my point of view.