This weekend could be a great one in the boxing world. There are several interesting looking fights happening on Saturday, including two world title bouts! Let’s take a look at some of the upcoming fights:
George Groves(28-3 18KO) vs. Martin Murray(33-3 16KO): This is a make it or break it fight for both boxers. The winner will go on to the higher echelon of the super middleweight division, while both fighters have acknowledged the possibility of retirement with a loss. Both fighters have elite level experience (Groves fought Carl Froch twice and Murray has been in the ring with Gennady Golovkin and Sergio Martinez) and both have their own set of advantages. I view this bout as a true 50/50 affair. If there’s a KO, I see it going to Groves, however a decision goes to Murray.
Anthony Joshua(16-0 16KO) vs. Dominic Breazeale(17-0 15KO): The heavyweight division is finally getting interesting again! Olympic Gold Medalist Anthony Joshua defends his IBF Heavyweight World Title against U.S. Olympian Dominic Breazeale. This fight (on paper) looks to be a good test for Joshua, who has a record comprised of lesser opposition. Breazeale’s resume isn’t much better. This fight is almost guaranteed to end in a knockout, and should be fun while it lasts. Let’s hope we get to see the winner in a unification bout against Deontay Wilder (Arreola has no chance against him) or the winner of Fury/Kiltschko. Joshua by KO is my pick.
Keith Thurman(26-0 22KO) vs. Shawn Porter(26-1-1 16KO): With the retirements of Pacman and Mayweather, the welterweight division is wide open. At worst this is a fight between two top-5 welters, at best this decides who is number one. Keith Thurman, the defending WBA Champion, has good movement and knockout power and he will need to utilize both in the fight. Shawn Porter has a swarming, relentless style. He doesn’t give his opponents room to breathe and gets most of his knockouts by crumbling his opponents under the pressure. I predict this to be the fight of the night, don’t miss it! Thurman by decision is my pick, but I admit, it’s too close to bet on.
Who are your picks for the weekend? Let me know via Twitter @TheGreatToddman or on the Pugilists Paradise Facebook page!