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The Green Machine Takes on Diablo Krzysztof Wlodarczyk

Krzysztof Wlodarczyk puts his cruiserweight WBC title on the line in Australia November 30th against local legend Danny Green.

Diablo vs Green Machine

Diablo vs Green Machine

Wlodarczyk has been a class operator in the division for the last 6 years or so against many of the best fighters in the division, so Green seems to have his hands full with this bout. I did not see Wlodarczyk’s last fight against Francisco Palacios, but it was a hometown split decision which means the fight was very close, but truth of the matter is that many of Wlodarczyk’s fights are close spirited battles, so perhaps there is no concern there.

I’ve heard rumors that he had some serious health problems that may be a concern, but most rumors in boxing are mean spirited attempts to degrade a fighter and need be taken with a grain of salt. It was no rumor that Green was coming off a serious scare of appendicitus not too long ago, and was subsequently knocked about and out by Antonio Tarver in their last fight.

Green is the hometown fighter with the “power of the purse” and he uses that to set catchweight bonus incentives, so we’ll have to see what weight Wlodarczyk comes in at, but Diablo is not a big cruiserweight, that is certain.

Wlodarczyk is 8 years younger than Green, but with more fights and rounds,  45-2-1, 32 KO in 278 rounds of boxing to 31-4, 27 KO in 177 rounds of boxing, so perhaps the age advantage is moot.

Should be a good solid action fight if you are up early in the AM Western time.

Antonio Tarver in Whacky Danny Green World

To hear Danny Green talk about it, his recent bout with appendicitus depleted him physically enough to scare in him into considering retirement. All that changed when he announced that Antonio Tarver would be the next challenger for his IBO Cruiserweight belt he holds.

Green vs Tarver
Green vs Tarver

The bout takes place in Green’s comfortable environs of the Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia where he is a big star. Antonio Tarver is no slouch in filling the villain role as challenger, having a long slog up the chain of amateur and professional ranks while fighting many top contenders and champs to hard won acclaim, but he was last seen putting forth a tubby effort against fringe heavyweight contender Nagy Aguilera, not a recipe for victory against Green who take pride in shaping into top condition for his fights.

Green is something of a curiousity, having a mecurical personality that led to a disqualification against Marcos Beyer and later a bizarre retirement after beating the towering Drew Stipes for the WBA lightheavy belt. yet staging a very active comeback in 2009 before the appendecitus knocked him down for a long count.

If Green recovers his form, it should be back to staging the best boxing of his career at the belated age of 38. If he has not sufficently recovered, Tarver makes for a long shaky night at the office.

Antonio Tarver is no stranger to belated boxing, having a spotty career until his signature highlight for the ages, a booming one punch knockout over Roy Jones. Tarver was 35 yrs old for that bout and been a name ever since in spite of continuing his spotty boxing that currently sees him with a 28-6, 19 KO record, not the sort of shining record expected for a well regarded champion.

A lifelong lightheavyweight, Tarver looked in shape and aggressively on the hunt in his last two bouts in the division against Chad Dawson, but he was slow and his overall ring activity is slowing as well, so the question for the 42 year old Magic Man is, “Does he have anymore?”

The Green Machine has become a sharp operator and possesses a potent right hand to easily match the southpaw Tarver’s best weapon his left hand. In his last outing he took on a prime aged big strong undefeated contender, BJ Flores, and fought a near perfect fight to out hustle and out maneuver him. I favor this version of Green.

Tarver’s forte has always been the rematches where he avenged his losses, but the magic was gone when he rematched Dawson. He has always been vulnerable to being outboxed and he will be giving up a considerable advantage to Green by fighting in Australia. Since neither fighter has ever been stopped before, a Green decision seems almost a forgone conclusion.

I would never completely write off a noted champion like Tarver who will likely be near even odds to win.

GreenWorld can get pretty whacky at times though, and don’t forget, they’ll be fighting upside down. Will he get sucked into The Green Machine topsy turvy parallel boxing world to be  dressed up, waxed, and spit out as Green’s newest notch for his gunbelt?

Those of us in the Great North will just have to tune in Wednesday, July 20th to find out what happens at that ungodly time of the morning.

 

A Passing of the Torch, Dawson vs Pascal

A rare fight between Ring’s divisional #1 and #2 takes place this Saturday which has all the markings of the traditional passing of the torch of one generation to the next generation on several different levels, not the least being the venue in Montreal, Canada.

The Torch

The Torch

Bad Chad Dawson squares off against local favorite, Jean Pascal for a chance to pick up his old WBC belt.

Dawson won his first title with an excellent performance in lifting Tomasz Adamek’s WBC crown off him 3 years ago, withstanding the highly regarded Adamek’s trademark knockdown and late surge in Dawson’s signature fight. He has since swept the longtime grizzled veterans of the division, Glencoffe Johnson and Antonio Tarver in a classic series of fights where he also picked up the IBF and IBO titles for those who keep a bauble count.

Bad Chad Dawson

Bad Chad Dawson

Dawson has done everything that has been asked of him within reason, yet remains flying under mainstream America’s radar, thus needing to go into Montreal’s lion’s den to lift his old WBC belt off Pascal in a sign of the times for American boxers.

The winner will also pick up Ring Magazine’s lightheavy belt, vacant since Joe Calzaghe retired a few years back.

Jean Pascal picked up Dawson’s old WBC belt last year in a rough tough fight against Adrian Diaconu and has since defended it twice, hanging on with a separated shoulder in the even tougher rematch against Diaconu in his last outing. The Dawson fight represents a comeback from shoulder surgery and rehabilitation, 8 months of ring rust which could perhaps be crucial to the outcome of the fight.

They are otherwise fairly equally matched in ages, Dawson 28 yrs to Pascal’s 27 yrs, and bouts with Dawson being a perfect 29-0, 17 KO, 182 rounds to Pascal’s 25-1, 15 KO and 171 rounds.

Dawson, however, has been at the top longer with more quality rounds against ranked contenders and champs than has Pascal. Dawson is a fundamentally solid boxer/puncher out of the southpaw stance with good height and speed, and if that weren’t enough advantage, former lightheavy champ and now trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad has been directing his training.

Jean Pascal

Jean Pascal

Pascal has to overcome his shoulder surgery and ring rust, but his advantages will be some speed of hand and foot, his hometown, and an unorthodox somewhat freewheeling style that makes fighting him difficult. Dawson will be the best boxer and best fighter he will have faced by a long shot, so Pascal will have to show more discipline and and a better gameplan than he has shown in past efforts.

Should be an interesting clash of styles with the flashy, emotional Haitian transplant Pascal picking up plenty of energy from the Montreal crowd who really get behind their fighters which may well draw out the safety conscious Dawson into some dramatic exchanges with some unseemly brawling that fight crowds love to see in their warriors.

Finally, the new Ring champ will be a young tiger for the first time in ages.

I predict a wide Dawson unanimous decision, but if Pascal has something in reserve he has yet to show in his career, he could sneak in with a dramatic hometown decision with a best effort.

Should be a good’un and could be the start of a much needed series, so there you have it.

Who wants it?

Who wants it?