by Bobby Mac
For the true boxing fans, Fridays and Saturdays are days of pleasure and sometimes intense excitement when good fights are scheduled.
This coming Friday is pretty much a wash with few prospects fighting to supplement the stock journeymen fights. Saturday is where the fights are this week, so I’m going to display my bias by listing the most important ones in the likely chronological order they’ll be fought in.
First in the breech, we have a superior all action dustup of two hungry, undefeated fringe contenders in Istanbul, Turkey between Selcuk Mini Tyson Aydin, 19-0, 15 KO and Ionut Jo Jo Dan Ion, 26-0, 14 KO. The shorter 26 yr old Aydin fights in a very strong, aggressive style as his ring alias would suggest and he’s in his backyard for this fight. Jo Jo Dan is a very popular Rumanian fighting out of Canada with a significant height and reach advantage and will be looking to box and move Aydin around the ring.
The fight is for the newly minted WBC Silver Welterweight Belt and a possible Ring ranking. Aydin is fairly crude, but unbelievably strong with more experience at the top level, so I’m picking him, but Jo Jo Dan could be the new kid on the block after this, so if you can pick up the fight, it’s definitely worth a look.
Next, we have an excellent cruiser bout between top ranked Steve USS Cunningham against a new top ten contender, Troy Ross out of Canada. Interestingly, perhaps a reflection of the poor state of boxing, they have to go to Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany to make this fight, wherever the heck in Germany that is.
I don’t know very much about the 34 yr old Ross except for his fine 23-1, 16 KO record, but on paper, he looks like a decent matchup for the 33 yr old Cunningham with his 22-2, 11 KO record. Looking a bit closer though, Ross has never been in against this elite class of fighter before. Cunningham has been in against the best in the division, and will have some significant height and reach over the much shorter Ross. Cunningham has also been very competitive in his only 2 losses and is a very artful technical boxer.
So Cunningham should be a big favorite, and unless Ross has some untapped potential that nobody has seen yet, The USS Cunningham should blow him out of the water convincingly to grab the vacant IBF title that Tomasz Adamek vacated last year.