All everything light heavyweight champion Sergey Krusher Kovalev, 27-0-1, 24 KO, takes on IBF mandatory challenger Nadjib Iron Jib Mohammedi, 37- 3, 23 KO, Saturday, July 25 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
No need to be smug, but let’s face it, we already know how this goes. Fairplay, maybe Iron Jib can wing in some good shots as he seems to have a smidgen of power and a bit more experience. It’s Kovalev’s opportunity to stay busy with a highlight result as his promoter Main Events maneuvers for a bigger fights after fighting two consecutive stinker styles in Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal.
We’ll just have to see for ourselves how it goes for them.
Dateline June 13th at Madison Square, New York, New York: The freshest young phenom in boxing, WBA featherweight champ Nicholas “Axeman” Walters, 25-0, 21 KO, defends against Colombian slugger Miguel “The Scorpion” Marriaga, 20-0, 18 KO, in an explosive grudge match after a long ago still simmering amateur rivalry.
Marriaga dashed Walters’ Olympic hopes with a 14-9 amateur decision way back when in 2008. He’s been fighting professionally in Columbia and Mexico, but he did wander into the very tough and experienced Christopher Martin’s California backyard to knock him out in the 6th round. Noteworthy is that Marriaga has 13 knockouts in three rounds or less.
Both of these guys are exceptionally big and strong at the weight, but overall Walters has been fighting at a higher professional level than Marriaga, so the question is whether Marriaga can step up to the next level? Then we have to ask who can take the best shot as I doubt we’ll see much Fancy Dan tippy-tap-tapping and moving.
Axe Man Cometh
Let’s hope they can make weight one more time before moving up to the more dynamic 130lb division where it will be healthier making weight than having to boil off every single ounce of what is becoming increasingly dangerous going into tough fights. Good luck all.
OK now, Deontay Wilder vs Eric Molina… an all time classic poised in the queue waiting to set the venue on fire @ the storied Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Just for you hardcore fans, Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina with a 44th boxrec ranking, 16th in the US of A, and 2 first round KO losses…Perfecto!
And you thought boxing had died. And who to thank for this? The usual suspects I suppose…no need to mention any shameless names, but golly gee, thankzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Shawn Porter is playing with fire by boiling down to 144 lbs in a catchweight fracas with boxing’s most reprobate potty flusher, Adrien Broner, but maybe it’s Broner playing with fire by following in the footsteps of Porter’s 5th round knockout of Erick Bone a few months back . Even with the the catchweight advantage, Broner may have pulled another boner here as he’s one of the easiest fighters to hit, his defense on par to James Kirkland, but without Kirkland’s massive power and stamina.
Shawn Sez He’s Showtime
Such hoops fighters jump through just to make more money, but Porter best be at his starving best because the ref will be pulling him off Broner all night like they did to Maidana. The good news is that blocky Porter, who turned pro as a supermiddle as he slowly worked his way down to welter over the years, actually did make 144 lbs in 2011 with no apparent problems. Beating up Broner may be easy, but fighters seldom get credit for it because he’s got the hottest sugardaddy goin’ for him, Al Haymon, who looks to Broner as the #1 Floyd Mayweather future replacement. Broner will be needing the coddling catchweight confines of MGM Floyd in Las Vegas to secure the dirty deed against all boxing fairness, but sometimes the best laid plans go awry.
Thus to enter Showtime Shawn Porter, the quiet type who lets his fists do all the talking, so let Broner flush his money all he wants whilst he’s still flush with his crazy cash.
After a long layoff from boxing, WBC middleweight champ Miguel Cotto will make his first defense against Daniel Geale, June 6, Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This is also Cotto’s debut under his new promotional banner, Jay Z’s Roc Nation.
The bout will be contested at 157 pounds which favors Cotto as the smaller man. Geale is an unlikely looking top contender in a physical sense, being tall and stringy with little muscle definition, but maybe not so skinny as to have problems with making 157. Then again, it’s been 9 years since he weighed in under 159, even fighting in the 160s on occasion.
Geale In Fighting Trim
Regardless, it’s another traditional catchweight fight that drives modern boxing fans crazy. Whatever Geale’s few flaws are, light punching being perhaps most prominent, he’s a true fighter at core and cannot turn down this title opportunity against a really big name with the so called “lineal” middleweight title wrapping up everything so beautifully.
Should be a good scrap though with a rare Puerto Rican vs Aussie rivalry backdrop and a chance to see of Cotto can continue to improve under his new trainer Freddie Roach. I favor Cotto, but this is definitely a potential banana skin slip up in the making if he ain’t firing on all cylinders.
The huge payday against Canelo Alvarez would then go kaputsky though they could still stage a fight for decent money. If he wins, I’d say he’s also in the running for the Floyd Mayweather Jr rematch at another catchweight, say 155 lbs for Cotto’s WBC “lineal title” middleweight belt, but Geale comes first.
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