Weekend Fight Previews

April 03, 2009 | Thyrl Nelson

Friday Night Fights – Showtime Championship Boxing – HBO Boxing Pay Per View – WEC Sunday Night

 

April is ramping up in a big way for fight fans, and this weekend will have a little something for everyone. There are still a couple of big basketball games to be played on Saturday, so the fights being offered still aren’t exactly barnburners, but it’s quantity over quality this weekend, and presumably lots of chances at catching a memorable match up or two.

 

Friday Night Fights – Friday on ESPN 2

 

Randall Bailey – 5’ 9”, 140 lbs. – (38-6, 34 KO) vs. Frankie Figeroa – 5’ 6”, 140 lbs. – (20-2, 13 KO) – Scheduled for 12 Rounds

 

The main event on this card is an IBF junior welterweight eliminator, with the winner presumably getting a shot at the winner of the Juan Urango vs. Andre Berto fight, scheduled for the end of May. Bailey, the 34-year old American is riding a 3-fight winning streak, and ranks 43rd in the world at junior welterweight according to boxrec.com. Figeroa, the slick punching southpaw ranks 22nd in the world in those same rankings, and has won 12 straight fights dating back to March of 2005.

 

Once a power punching, yet undersized welterweight, Figeroa hasn’t lost since dropping to 140 lbs. full time in November of 2006, but seems to have lost some of the punching power that he displayed earlier in his career. Figeroa’s last 3 fights have gone to the judges, the last of which he narrowly escaped with a split decision against Emanuel Augustus in an eight-rounder in November.

 

Bailey has gotten 2 of his last 3 wins by way of knockout, scoring a one sided 8-round decision over DeMarcus Corey in his last fight. Eight of Bailey’s last nine wins have come by knockout, in contrast to the slicker fighting Figeroa, and he’ll be looking to use his distinctive size advantage to end this one early. Figeroa, on the other hand, ever the savvy fighter will look to make this a boring fight by cutting the distance, delivering a few shots and then going to the clinch, if he’s smart.

 

My Pick: Bailey by KO – Round 6

 

There are 5 fights listed for the under card in this one. How many, or which ones is anyone’s guess. The Boswell vs. Sconiers fight is listed as a co-main event, despite Sconiers’ modest record, so it’s a safe bet that it will make the broadcast, but there are a few others that look far more interesting.

 

Cedric Boswell – 6’ 3”, 225 lbs. – (28-1, 22 KO) vs. Harold Sconiers – 6’ 2 ½”, 225 lbs. – (15-19, 10 KO) – Scheduled for 8 Rounds

My Pick: Boswell by KO – Round 2

 

Mark Davis – 5’ 6”, 133 ½ lbs. – (11-0, 4 KO) vs. Steve Gonzalez – ?’ ?”, 135 lbs. – (7-2-1, 4 KO) – Scheduled for 8 Rounds

My Pick: Davis by Unanimous Decision

 

Shawn Porter – ?’ ?”, 154 lbs. – (6-0, 5 KO) vs. Eloy Suarez – ?’ ?”, 154 lbs. – (10-4, 5 KO) – Scheduled for 4 Rounds

My Pick: Porter by KO – Round 2

 

Tor Hamer – 6’ 2”,221 lbs. – (4-0, 4 KO) vs. Kelsey Arnold – ?’ ?”, 230 lbs. – (1-1-2, 0 KO) – Scheduled for 4 Rounds

My Pick: Hamer by KO – Round 1

 

Dominic Wade – ?’ ?”, 168 lbs. – (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Luis Hodge – 5’ 9”, 168 lbs. – (5-7-1, 3 KO) – Scheduled for 4 Rounds

My Pick: Wade by KO – Round 1

 

Showtime Championship Boxing – Saturday Night on Showtime

(My TV listings sat that SHOBox will be on Showtime 2 on Friday at 10, but I can’t find a fight card for it)

 

Timothy Bradley – 5’ 6”, 140 lbs. – (22-0, 11 KO) vs. Kendall Holt – 5’ 9”, 140 lbs. – (21-1, 12 KO) – Scheduled for 12 Rounds

 

Bradley, the younger of the two fighters at 25, comes into the fight off of 2 big wins. The first against Junior Witter, still ranked as the #2 contender by The Ring Magazine, to win the WBC light welterweight title, and the second his first defense against Edner Cherry. Bradley enters the contest ranked by The Ring Magazine as the #1 light welterweight contender to Ricky Hatton’s lineal championship, and ranked 3rd in the world at the weight class by boxrec.com. Although he once appeared to possess knockout power, he’s gone to the cards in 4 straight fights, and 6 of his last 8, all wins.

 

Holt is listed as 21-1 with 12 KO on Showtime’s web site, but boxrec.com has his record at 25-2 with 13 KO. In either regard, he comes into the fight as the WBO light welterweight champion, ranked 4th in the world by boxrec.com and 6th by The Ring Magazine. He won the title with an impressive first round KO of Ricardo Torres, to avenge his most recent loss, at the hands of Torres in September of 2007. Like Bradley, Holt has defended his title just once too, eeking out a split decision victory over Demetrius Hopkins in December.

 

This could easily be the fight of the weekend, given that the winner may have the inside track at a match up with the Pacquiao vs. Hatton winner, both fighters should have plenty of motivation in this one. Holt seems to hold a slight power edge in this one although neither fighter is much of a knockout artist, he’ll look to use his ring savvy and reach advantage to keep Bradley at bay in this one. Bradley will have to work hard at cutting the distance, and may not have the power to do much once he gets inside anyway.

 

My Pick: Holt by TKO – Round 11

 

Vitali Tsypko – 5’ 11 ½”, 168 lbs. – (22-2, 12 KO) vs. Librado Andrade – 6’ 2”, 168 lbs. – (27-2, 21 KO) – Scheduled for 12 Rounds

 

Tsypko, the southpaw comes into this one as a heavy underdog. Currently ranked 23rd in the world at super middleweight by boxrec.com, he rides a 3-fight winning streak into this match up. At 32 years old, Tsypko has yet to step up to Andrade’s level in talent, with only Jeff Lacy standing out as a notable opponent on his record. Lacy, coincidentally delivered Tsypko his last loss as well, in December of 2006.

 

Andrade comes into the fight ranked 3rd in the world at super middleweight by The Ring Magazine, and 10th by boxrec.com. He enters this fight looking to rebound from a tough majority decision loss to Lucian Bute in his last fight in October of last year. At 30, he’s 2 years younger that Tsypko, and has fought 33 less professional rounds than Tsypko despite having 5 more fights to his credit. A knockout puncher, with size and power to spare, Andrade should be looking to make quick work of Tsypko in this one, and maintain his place in the thick of things in the ultra competitive super middleweight division.

 

My Pick: Andrade by KO – Round 6

 

HBO Pay Per View – Saturday Night on Pay Per View

 

Edwin Valero – 5’ 6”, 135 lbs. – (24-0, 24 KO) vs. Antonio Pitalua – 5’ 7”, 135 lbs. – (46-3, 40 KO) – Scheduled for 12 Rounds

 

Presumably frustrated by the lack of big money opponents available at 130 pounds, Valero moves up in weight by 5 pounds and takes his perfect record to the ranks of a lightweight division ripe with potential money match ups. Currently ranked #1 in the world at junior lightweight by The Ring Magazine, Valero makes the move to lightweight, where boxrec.com already has him ranked at #10 in the world. As if 24-0, all by knockout weren’t impressive enough, Valero began his career with 19 straight 1st round KO victories. He’s taking a big step up in weight and opponent, but the exceptionally strong southpaw looks up to the task.

 

In Pitalua, Valero has an opponent who has him by 12 years, 25 fights and 172 rounds. The naturally bigger Pitalua has fluctuated between lightweight and super lightweight throughout his career and hasn’t lost a fight since 2001, a string of 14 straight fights. Pitalua is ranked 18th in the world at lightweight by boxrec.com, and 5th by The Ring Magazine, and has quite the impressive knockout percentage himself. With the WBC lightweight title up for grabs in this one, he’ll be looking to use his size and savvy to pull out all of the stops.

 

My Pick: Pitalua by KO – Round 7

 

Rolando Reyes  – 5’ 10”, 135 lbs. – (30-4-2, 19 KO) vs. Julio Diaz – 5’ 9”, 135 lbs. – (36-4, 26 KO) – Scheduled for 10 Rounds

My Pick: Diaz by Unanimous Decision

 

Michael Katsidis – 5’ 7”, 135 lbs. – (24-2, 20 KO) vs. Jesus Chavez – 5’ 5”, 135 lbs. – (44-4, 30 KO) – Scheduled for 10 Rounds

My Pick: Chavez by KO – Round 9

 

Vicente Escobedo – 5’ 8”, 135 lbs. – (19-1, 12 KO) vs. Carlos Hernandez – 5’ 6”, 135 lbs. – (43-7-1, 24 KO) – Scheduled for 10 Rounds

My Pick: Escobedo by Unanimous Decision

 

WEC – Sunday Night on Versus Network

 

There’s a 10-fight MMA card on Versus for free on Sunday night. I don’t really know enough about many of the fighters to put together any type of preflight analysis. I did however do enough homework to make some picks and put them out here. The first 4 fights listed are scheduled for broadcast, and the rest may or may not be shown.

 

Miguel Angel Torres – 5’ 9”, 135 lbs. – (35-1) vs. Takeya Mizugaki – 5’ 7”, 135 lbs. – (11-2-2)

My Pick: Torres by Submission – Choke – Round 1

 

Jeff Curran – 5’ 6”, 135 lbs. – (31-10-1) vs. Joe Benavidez – 5’ 4”, 135 lbs. – (9-0)

My Pick: Benavidez by Submission – Choke – Round 1

 

Shane Roller – 5’ 10”, 155 lbs. – (5-1) vs. Ben Henderson – 5’ 9”, 155 lbs. – (8-1)

My Pick: Roller by KO – Round 2

 

Raphael Assuncao – 5’ 5”, 145 lbs. – (12-1) vs. Jameel Massouh – 5’ 10”, 145 lbs. – (21-4)

My Pick: Massouh by TKO – Punches – Round 2

 

Bart Palaszewski – 5’ 9”, 155 lbs. – (30-12) vs. Anthony Njokuani – 6’ 0”, 155 lbs. – (10-2)

My Pick: Njokuani by KO – Round 1

 

Dominick Cruz – 5’ 8”, 135 lbs. – (12-1) vs. Ivan Lopez – 5’ 6”, 135 – (9-0)

My Pick: Lopez by Unanimous Decision

 

Wagnney Fabiano – 5’ 7”, 145 lbs. – (11-1) vs. Fredson Paixao – 5’ 6”, 145 lbs. – (8-2)

My Pick: Fabiano by Submission – Arm bar – Round 3

 

Eddie Wineland – 5’ 7”, 135 lbs. – (14-5-1) vs. Rani Yahya – 5’ 6”, 135 – (13-4)

My Pick: Wineland by KO – Round 2

 

Manny Tapia – 5’ 5”, 135 lbs. – (10-1-1) vs. Akitoshi Tamura – 5’ 9”, 145 lbs. – (12-7-2)

My Pick: Tapia by KO – Round 1

 

Rafael Dias – 5’ 9”, 155 lbs. – (12-5-1) vs. Mike Budnik – 5’ 8”, 145 lbs. – (8-2)

My Pick: Budnik by KO – Round 3

 

Enjoy the Fights!!!

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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