This Cinco De Mayo weekend we have quite a few interesting bouts taking place. Here’s a brief overview of some of them, and my predictions for the outcome.
- Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Amir Khan: Let’s start at the top with the most talked about fight of the weekend. The casual fans see it as a fight against two of the bigger names in boxing today, while the hardcore fans see the fight as the WBC Middleweight (160 pound) Champion defending his belt against a Welterweight (147 pound) contender. Both views are correct. Canelo (46-1-1 32KO) makes his first defense of the middleweight title against former junior welterweight champion, England’s Amir Khan (31-3 19KO). This fight hopes to big a big Pay-Per View draw being staged in Las Vegas, Nevada. Canelo brings natural size and weight into the match, while Khan brings his hand speed and movement to the table. This match has been discussed ad nauseam, so I’m not going to spend much time talking about it here. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where Khan doesn’t get knocked out, so even though I’m pulling for the underdog here, I predict Canelo by KO.
- David Lemieux vs. Glen Tapia: In the PPV co-attraction in Las Vegas, former middleweight title hold David Lemieux (34-3 31KO) hopes to have a successful ring return following his 8th round TKO loss to Gennady Golovkin last October. Lemieux is known for his powerful punches and action packed style. In the opposite corner, New Jersey’s Glen Tapia (23-2 15KO) also will be attempting to return to the win column after his 4th round TKO loss to Michael Soro in the junior middleweight division last May. This fight should be action packed while it lasts. I can’t envision this bout ending well for Tapia after a year long layoff, coming in against a power puncher from a higher weight division (although stranger things have happened), Lemieux by KO.
- Patrick Teixeira vs. Curtis Stevens: The undefeated 25 year old Teixeira (26-0 22KO) takes a big step up in class against the hard hitting Curtis Stevens (27-5 20KO). This will be a good test to see if Teixeira has the potential to be a big name in the middleweight division, as well as a test to see what Curtis Stevens has left in the tank. Stevens will be breaking a 19 month layoff, so it will be interesting to see if he’s kept in shape, and if his change in trainer to John David Jackson will have an effect on his game. Either way, Stevens is a game opponent, and I’m not sold on Teixeira’s power yet. Teixeira by Dec.
- Anthony Crolla vs. Ismael Barroso: This Saturday in the Manchester Arena, England’s Anthony Crolla (30-4-3 12KO) will make his first defense of the WBA lightweight title against undefeated Venezuelan knockout artist Ismael Barroso (19-0-2 18KO). Crolla is a good fighter who has had an up and down career, and will have to weather a storm with the heavy handed Barroso. I’m not confident he will be able to pull off a successful defense, Barroso by KO.
- Naoya Inoue vs. David Carmona: Sunday, undefeated 23 year old Japanese knockout machine Naoya Inoue (9-0 8KO) will defend his WBO junior bantamweight title against Mexican contender David Carmona (20-2-5 8KO). This fight should be extremely entertaining as long as it lasts. If you have the opportunity to stream the fight, don’t walk away because it may be over fast. Inoue should make quick work of his opponent, as not many boxers in his division should be able to give him a challenge. Inoue by KO.
Other fights happening this weekend are:
- Kubrat Pulev vs. Dereck Chisora in a IBF title eliminator. Chisora seems to be all but used up at the top of the sport, Pulev by KO.
- Akira Yaegashi vs. Martin Tecuapetla for Yaegashi’s IBF junior flyweight title. The defending champion has looked good since his losses to Roman Gonzalez and Pedro Guevara and should be able to make another successful defense. Yaegashi by KO.
Quite a few bouts ahead of us this weekend, with the potential for some action in most of them. What are your picks? Let me know via Twitter @TheGreatToddMan.