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GLEN TAPIA VS ELCO GARCIA HEADLINES BALLY’S THIS WEEKEND

This Saturday night at Bally’s in Atlantic City,hometown favorite Glen Tapia headlines the card against veteran Elco Garcia.Garcia is 42 years old and has been in the game sixteen years.He has a good chin and should give Tapia a good test considering his experience.Tapia’s career and popularity is gaining steam as the new jersey native is catching the eyes of more fans with each impressive win.Tapia was impressive in his last fight in July when he stopped previously unbeaten Abraham Han on ESPN Friday Night Fights.With each win Tapia is moving closer to a title shot and his fan friendly personality only helps him gain more fans.

Tapia will no doubt pass this test with flying colors Saturday night.While Garcia is a good opponent in that Tapia will be in with someone who has much more experience,he won’t be able to handle the power of Tapia.Garcia has not been knocked out since 2006 but he has been knocked out a few times years ago.With Tapia coming into his prime and Garcia the older fighter,I see Tapia feeling out Garcia a few rounds as Garcia proves to be a slick veteran.But by the mid rounds Tapia will have him timed and start unloading and give Garcia his first knockout loss in seven years.Glen Tapia is a future world champion who is slowly,methodically and most important smartly climbing the ladder towards a world title shot.At this time next year there is no doubt will will be talking about Tapia facing someone likes of Austin Trout,Miguel Cotto or Canelo hopefully for a world title.

PREDICTION: TAPIA BY 7TH ROUND KO

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JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR VS BRIAN VERA PREDICTION

As much as I have always liked Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., his weight issues every fight have become  ridiculous.A few months ago we saw pictures of Chavez Jr circulating online that looked like he was well over 200 lbs.Now the news that he can’t make 168 and the fight will be at 173 puts Brian Vera at a huge disadvantage.Vera is not even a big middleweight to begin with let alone super middleweight.And now with the weight increase forget it.Chavez Jr will come into this fight rehydrated to 190 or more!!At this point with Vera not all that great of an opponent to begin with and now the weight issue,Vera is nothing more than a sacrificial lamb.

This will be Chavez Jr first fight in over a year.He lost for the first time last September in his epic battle with Sergio Martinez.Vera has won his last four fights but aside from a win over Sergio Mora,they were just opponents.When I first heard that this fight was signed I figured it was just a stop gap until Sergio Martinez was ready for a rematch.Vera is not in the same league as Chavez Jr and with the weight advantage that Jr will have look for this fight to end before we get to the later rounds.Chavez Jr will stalk the smaller Vera from round one and look to end it quickly.Vera as always will be game but he will be forced to brawl with the bigger Chavez Jr and this will be his downfall.Chavez Jr will land thunderous bodyshots and break Vera down quickly. I see Chavez Jr winning by KO in round 6 or 7 and maybe earlier.This fight has mismatch written all over it.The bigger question after this fight will be what should Chavez Jr do in the future.He might want to think about moving up to cruiserweight or he will eventually start losing fights due to having to lose all this weight every fight and being totally drained.

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ADONIS STEVENSON VS TAVORIS CLOUD PREDICTION

This Saturday night Adonis Stevenson defends his WBC lightweight title against Tavoris Cloud in what many think will be a war between heavy punchers with high KO percentages.Stevenson comes off his unbelievable first round KO of Chad Dawson in June while Cloud is making his way back from being badly outboxed by an ageless Bernard Hopkins.This is a good matchup because both are bangers with decent boxing ability.Stevenson is especially underrated when it comes to boxing ability because most fans just think of his KO’s.He has a good jab and movement and if he uses his jab effectively it could be another long night for Cloud who has struggled in his last two fights against Gabriel Campillo and then even worse against Hopkins.The fighters game plans will dictate how this fight goes especially since both have exceptional KO power.

I see this fight starting out slow with Cloud trying to get Stevenson to brawl on the inside while Stevenson tries to use his jab and stay on the outside discouraging Cloud with faints and movement.Whoever gets the other to commit to their style of fighting will not only win but possibly win by TKO or KO.Look for Cloud to once again look lackluster and confused after the first few rounds while Stevenson lands the jab more often and connects on some big shots.The blueprint layed out by Bernard Hopkins is simple when it comes to beating Cloud.Don’t get in a war with Cloud,just outbox him.Is Stevenson good enough to do that? I think so.Not only will Stevenson outbox Cloud and land the bigger shots,he will also knock Cloud down a  time or two.Cloud’s biggest win is a decision win over an old Glen Johnson in 2010.He has struggled badly in his last two fights and i see the downward trend continuing in this fight.Stevenson’s win over Dawson is the most impressive of both resumes and that means something.While I think Cloud has a very good chin and won’t get knocked out,he win get knocked down a few times and lose this fight.The one thing that can change this is if Stevenson has let his KO of Dawson go to his head and he engages in a war with Cloud.Not that he can’t win a war with Cloud but that will play right into Cloud’s strengths and give him a better chance of hurting Stevenson.Stevenson however will maintain his cool,outbox Cloud and win this one going away on he cards.

PREDICTION: STEVENSON BY UD

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MAYWEATHER SHOULD FIGHT KHAN IN ENGLAND

Now that the smoke has cleared and Floyd Mayweather sits even higher atop the pound for pound mountain  after his win over Canelo,speculation has already started over Mayweather’s next opponent.There are a few names that have surfaced as likely next opponents with two being the most obvious.Danny Garcia is a top option after his  impressive win over Lucas Matthysse.The other is the winner of Devon Alexander vs Amir Khan.Out of the three I believe Amir Khan is not only the toughest opponent for Mayweather but the opponent that will bring the biggest fanbase and money.Garcia is coming into his own but he still is not a household name and his slow attack is tailor made for Mayweather.This combination will draw little interest from the casual fan who wants to see Mayweather  tested hard.Plus let’s not forget that the case can be made that Danny Garcia is far from ready to face Mayweather.Devon Alexander is an even harder sell.While I think Alexander has the one tool needed to test Mayweather which is speed, he too has a small fan base outside of St. Louis.Alexander is a better matchup for Mayweather because it would be a high speed fight but it wouldn’t sell a lick on PPV except for the Mayweather fans and haters that will buy it anyway.”The One” will put up huge PPV numbers when it’s all said and done with.And coming off a disapointing PPV number for Mayweather vs Guerrero last May,you can bet Golden Boy and Mayweather don’t want to return to those low numbers so soon after this huge Canelo fight.That leaves the best option in terms of  audience,PPV sales and competitiveness as being Amir Khan.

While alot of fans will scoff at the idea of Khan vs Mayweather,once you look at the options and the fight itself, it looks like a good idea.Fans are finally realizing that putting a slower,hard punching fighter in with Mayweather is nothing more than a recipe for an easy Mayweather win by decision.His fights against Victor Ortiz,Shane Mosley,Canelo,Miguel Cotto and Ricky Hatton are all strikingly similar.Mayweather outlands his opponent with the jab and makes his opponent miss all night.His angles,faints and speed are too much for these type of fighters.In his bouts with Juan Manuel Marquez and Robert Guerrero the mismatch was more evident as these fighters had even less power but they ended with the same result.Mayweather dominance.Amir Khan would be the fastest opponent Mayweather has ever faced.Khan will at least have a chance at beating Mayweather to the punch.Khan also has fast footwork which will help him avoid the Mayweather jab attack.Yes Khan has had chin issues but let’s be honest,Mayweather hasn’t knocked anyone out since Ricky Hatton.And Hatton was recklessly running into those knockouts in comical fashion.It would be interesting to see how Mayweather would deal with  Khan’s speed especially if Khan is out landing him.Throw into the equation that whether it be in Las Vegas or England,Khan brings a massive fanbase that are willing to travel to see him like they did for Ricky Hatton.If Mayweather can ever be talked into fighting at Wembley Stadium then we are talking bigger than big.It would be a huge event.Mayweather has said in the past that he wants to fight in England someday.This is his best opportunity.The only other option in the foreseeable future is Kell Brook and we haven’t seen enough of him to even know how good he is yet.

This fight will happen sooner than later.With Richard Schaefer talking about wanting to put this fight together in England and Mayweather Sr. giving it the thumbs up it seems like it’s just a matter of time.As long as Khan beats Alexander in December, we will likely see Mayweather facing Khan either in May or September 2014.

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DANNY GARCIA LIKELY NEXT FOR MAYWEATHER

After last night’s impressive wins by Floyd Mayweather and Danny Garcia, the writing is on the wall for these two fighters to meet very soon.Mayweather and Golden Boy put Canelo on Floyd’s  undercard a year ago to get his name out there and let the huge PPV  audience see him in preparation for a future fight.Chances are that is why Lucas Matthysse/Danny Garcia was added to this card.The winner emerges as a likely option to face Mayweather within a year.Since Mayweather won convincingly against Canelo,he will likely either face Garcia or the winner of Devon Alexander vs Amir Khan.

Danny Garcia is a great boxer who is now putting some big names on his resume with his victories over Eric Morales,Zab Judah,Amir Khan and now Lucas Matthysse.He pretty much won every one of those fights convincingly.But even so, is he  the type of fighter that has a chance of beating Mayweather? The answer unfortunately is NO! While Garcia is good defensively and has a calculated,effective offense he has the one problem that most of Mayweather’s opponents have had.He is slow.Simple as that.That’s not a slight on Garcia,it’s just reality.One thing we know is Mayweather eats up opponents who are slower than him.Look at his last opponents.Marquez,Ortiz,Mosley,Cotto and Canelo all had much slower hands and footwork than Mayweather.Robert Guerrero was the fastest opponent Mayweather has faced recently and he had no gameplan,no power and was also much slower.Danny Garcia fits right into this mold.He is a good boxer who does not possess great power but has good power.He has good defense but can be hit.And he is slow compared to Mayweather.Garcia won’t be able to slowly hunt down Mayweather and land a big uppercut on him that knocks him down or even hurts him.If this fight happens it will be a walk in the park similar to Mayweather vs Guerrero.The only type of fighter that can beat Floyd Mayweather is someone just as fast or faster and who is just as intelligent.Whoever beats Mayweather will also have to do it by winning rounds and winning a decision because nobody is knocking Mayweather out with his defense.Let’s face it,Mayweather is great but more than anything he knows who would give him trouble.There’s a reason he never faces slick,smart,fast boxers like Amir Khan,Paulie Malignaggi,Devon Alexander or even Andre Ward if he would move up to 160.

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THE ONE PREDICTIONS BY EDWARD REVOLVER

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Well, my quick thoughts about tomorrow’s fights. I’ll start with Ishe Smith vs Carlos Molina bout. Kinda 50:50 fight for me. Both had tough route to the world title bout. Both fighters fought a quality opposition throughout their careers. The difference is that Smith was always kinda inconsistent fighter. Smith’s performance were depending on which version of Ishe Smith is in the ring on this or that day, on this or that fight. His career was kinda shaky. Sometimes he was able to defeat guys who are probably better than Ishe himself, but at the same time he was, sometimes, losing to fighters who weren’t better than Ishe at all. As for Molina, unlike Ishe he’s always ready to give 100% of him in the ring and we know that every loss that Molina has is a very controversial loss. Molina never was clearly beaten. I think it will be a very competetive fight with a lot of close and tough-to-score kinda rounds. I think that Molina will be a better man tomorrow and will edge most of those competetive rounds with his workrate, but the very important fact is that Ishe Smith is a Mayweather Promotions fighter and if the fight will be close (and as I mentioned I believe it’ll be close and tough to score) the judges will favour Smith and Molina can once again appear in a story he many times was involved in – he will probably once again find himself on the wrong side of the scorecard and will it’s very possible that he’ll suffer another very controversial decision loss. Though, I hope it won’t happen and the judges will do their work properly.

As for Garcia vs Mathysse fight… Well, a lot of people think that this fight will probably steal the whole show and I agree that it’s very possible. Looking forward to this fight. And I doubt this fight will go the distance given the fact that both Garcia and Mathysse (especially Mathysse) can finish the fight with one strong and accurate power punch. I think that first couple of rounds will be fought at a measured pace, which is probably favours Garcia, who prefers to fight in a measured pace. Probably those first couple of rounds may go to Garcia who will land some good (but not dangerous enough) counters on Mathysse, but we know Mathysse is kinda fighter who can make neccesarry adjustments already during the fight. I think that after a couple of rounds Mathysse will adjust, will find his rhythm, will increase the tempo and then he’ll bring the heat to Garcia with his pressure and will start to land his left hooks and overhand rights more and more frequently and by mid rounds he’ll do some serious damage to Garcia. We know Mathysse had problems with slick and skilled movers in the past. He had some problems with Judah and Alexander and so far Judah and Alexander were the one of the few fighters who were able not only go the distance with Mathysse, but who were able to give Mathysse some problems with their speed and technique. But in my opinion Judah and Alexander are more skilled, faster, slicker and they both have way better footwork than Garcia. Well, I actually think Garica’s footwork is one of his weakest side. He is very flat footed. Danny also lacks headmovement. All things considered and based on what I’ve written I have to predict Mathysse’s stoppage win which will probably occur from mid-to-late round stoppage.

As for Mayweather vs Canelo bout… Well, I’ll join the majority and will say that I pick Mayweather to win by a decisive unanimous decision. Honestly, I don’t think we’ll see a knockout in this fight. I guess Canelo wil probably have some good moments here and there, but all in all I think Mayweather should figure him out after, say, 3 or 4 rounds and then he’ll clearly outbox him. Canelo has some stamina problems and he always fights in spurts, fighting very economical he never fights the entire fight. He’s not consistent. If he wants to beat Mayweather he has to aply pressure every minute of every round and he has to stay very active, he has to throw lots of combos, but once again – Canelo is very economical, he fights in spurts and he’s unloading combos only when he’s able to get close to his opponent or when his opponent is trapped on the ropes. But Floyd has an excellent footwork and I think he’ll move a lot (especially in this fight) and he won’t stand too much near the ropes, the way he was doing in the bout against Cotto. I think that in this particular fight, as soon as Floyd feels his back touches the ropes, he’ll move to the side and will be getting away. What else I should mention? Сanelo is flat-footed and I doubt he’ll be able to catch Floyd. He’ll try to chase and follow him, but not with much success. I actually think he has lost his last fight against Austin Trout. I scored that fight for Trout, cause Trout was way more active. Canelo was able to sleep some portion of Trout’s punches with good head and body movement. But as far as the offense – yeah, Canelo, probably landed crisper and cleaner shots (and he also was able to knock Trout down once), but in the majority of those close rounds Trout simply outworked Canelo, while Canelo, in some rounds, was hardly throwing any punches and was fighting in spurts. So, all things considered I pick Floyd to win by a decisive unanimous decision.

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THE ONE PREDICTIONS BY DR UPPERCUT

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GARCIA VS MATTHYSSE

Hardcore fans have been anxiously awaiting the annoitment of their darling Lucas Matthysse. Danny and his outspoken father have different ideas. A matchup everyone loves…power vs power! Danny’s GIF perfect response to Lucas’ brutal knockout of Lamont Petersen sets the stage for a coronation, one way or the other.
Lucas Matthysse is the challenger, and the favorite. He has 2 losses on his record, both close decision losses to Zab Judah and Devon Alexander. Both are more boxers than punchers, who rely on speed and elusiveness to win rounds. Lucas fell victim to the cards, and after the Alexander loss he rededicated himself to the KO. Not content to continue leaving his fate in the judges hands, he returned with a vengeance reeling off 6 KO victories. This momentum led to him becoming a favorite in the division and a clamoring for him to challenge for the title. Now he gets the chance we all believe he so richly deserves.
Matthysse is an orthodox fighter who favors straight punches. He has a stiff jab and likes to land his heavy right and then disengage. Combine this with his accuracy, which leads to good power, he can wear down an opponent with a simple 1-2. 50 yrs ago, he might have been considered one dimensional and easy to dissect by a great boxer, but not so in today’s athletic style of boxing, where fighters can make a lot of money with great athleticism and work ethic. Matthysse’s technical mastery of the 1-2 combo is a lot for today’s boxers to handle. Even Ajose Olsegun, a fairly unorthodox fighter who presents a lot of different angles and attacks succumbed to the constant pressure and damage Matthysse’s straight punches. This is not to say he does not possess the ability to throw together combinations, but it is all predicated on his ability to land the 1-2. In his two losses, the boxers were able to avoid major damage while scoring points with well timed counters. Thus the success of the 1-2 is the key to Matthysse’s attack.
Danny Garcia is the reigning champion. He followed wins over Nate Campbell and Kendall Holt to beat Erik Morales for the title 18 months ago. He then proceeded to KO Amir Khan after a couple rounds of struggling with Khan’s world class hand speed. This fight was Garcia’s coming out party, as many wondered how much Morales had left in his career at the point of the Garcia fight. Against Khan however, he beat a good opponent in his prime by being the better FIGHTER. He showed toughness, struggling thru two rounds of confusion before he clipped Khan at the end of the 2nd. From there he gained confidence and began to time Khan really well, using toughness to absorb shots while landing effective counters. Khan abandoned his strength, boxing ability and fell victim to a well timed no look left hook. Garcia’s detractors claim he cannot rely on these type of tactics, especially against a more powerful opponent, but his supporters shout it shows toughness, instinct and timing. In reality, both are right which makes this weekend’s matchup so enthralling.
I expect an explosive short fight. I wouldn’t be suprised to see Danny try and box a little more at the beginning,but for how long can the brawler remain disciplined for. I think Matthysse establishes the timing of the 1-2 after a couple rds, and then the fireworks start.  I believe once hurt, Danny will resort to brawling and then the action will explode. At this point anything can happen, because both men can throw bombs. But I said I’d pick a winner and I think Matthysse will stay more composed and finish Danny fairly early…
Matthysse TKO5
MAYWEATHER VS CANELO
The One has arrived! The man who many consider to be the biggest threat to Floyd Mayweather Jr. is Saul Canelo Alvarez. Coming off a recent victory over Robert Guerrero, Floyd returns to action just 4 months later, which I think will help him. Canelo comes off his first impressive victory, a decision over Austin Trout in which he dropped Trout in the 7th. Trout was coming off a victory over recent Floyd foe Miguel Cotto, which gave legitimacy to this win for Canelo. This sequence has lead fans to wonder if Canelo can push Floyd more than an older Cotto, who seemed to trouble Floyd more than any opponent since De La Hoya in 2007.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the biggest name in boxing who combines one of the greatest defensive repertoire’s in the sports history with elite timing and accuracy in his counters. Though not a powerhouse, Mayweather’s punches are strong enough to fend of the swarming attacks his opponent’s all claim he will be vulnerable to in their prefight gameplans. Those plans go out the window when faced with the reflexes and fundamental mastery Floyd displays. Regardless of your feelings towards his flamboyant personality, his technical mastery of boxing cannot be denied. He adjusts to his opponents attacks as well as any champion in history, which is why most of us who watch the sport regularly can’t imagining him losing this fight. Unless he considerably slows down and loses his reflexes for slipping head shots, it’s hard to imagine a current boxer who combines the exceptional athleticism and extensive boxing tactical knowledge that would be required to beat the current version of Floyd Mayweather Jr.
This is boxing however. Who picked Rigondeaux over Donaire? Not me. Who picked Gonzalez over Mares? Me neither. I picked  Dawson over Stevensen by UD. So these fights don’t always play out the way we expect, which is what makes the sport so exciting. So obviously, completely discounting an established fighter is downright foolish. Canelo has a chance, and if he wins this is how I would imagine it. Canelo tries box at the beginning, attempting to try and trick Floyd into trading counters. He establishes a solid left hook to the body while absorbing the smaller man’s right counter potshots. He inflicts more than he takes on these trades and slows Floyd down, imposing himself as the larger, younger man. Then he moves back to box again but this time tries to land straight rights to the head of a weakened Mayweather. After stunning him, he moves in for the kill unleashing hooks and uppercuts until the ref stops him from punishing a completely dazed Mayweather.
So anything can happen, but what is most likely? Floyd dances around the ring, scoring with rights in a rather lackluster affair. Canelo never tracks him down and loses on points to the slow barrage of straight rights. A couple feiry exchanges excite the crowd and give Canelo 3 or 4 rounds but Floyd cruises to an unanimous decision with at least one score being 117-111.
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“THE ONE” PREDICTIONS

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Everyone has formed an opinion way way or another on the biggest Fight card put together by Golden Boy Promotions, “The One”, at The MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Here are MY predictions on how the big three fights will go down.
Ishe Sugar Smith vs. Carlos Molina
Ishe “Sugar” Smith (25-5) defends his 154lbs. IBF light middleweight title against Carlos Molina (21-5). For some reason I see this as a calkwalk for Ishe with a quick KO in the works. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Ishe actually steals the show with a spectular knockout.
Danny “Swift” Garcia vs. Lucas Matthysee
Both the WBA and WBC titles will be on the line as Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysee put their titles on the line in what looks to be an explosive matchup. Many thought Danny was ducking Lucas and his hard hitting power shots. Danny agreed to fight Lucas and call me crazy but I see Danny keeping his 0 in tact with a masterful display of boxing in the early rounds and a late round stoppage of Matthysee, setting Danny up for more major fights in 2014.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
In the fight that has been dubbed “The One” Floyd Mayweather puts not only his title on the line but his perfect record as well as he takes on the toughest opponent to date. Canelo is young, smart and powerful yet I just see Floyd using his experience and skill to frustrate the young stallion and ultimately stopping Canelo in the late rounds as well, barring another hand injury. At this point in his career Canelo would become an instant SUPERSTAR if he is able to pull off a victory against Money, but given his age, a loss simply prepares him to eventually take over the sport once Floyd decides to retire. Nonetheless I just can’t see Floyd losing to him or any other boxer and I can truly say in MY lifetime he is the Greatest boxer I’ve seen in the ring.

 

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