We have a busy weekend in the boxing world this weekend. Today, I’m going to outline a few of the fights and give some predictions! Let’s begin. . .
Anthony Joshua (17-0 17KO) vs. Eric Molina (25-3 19KO): First up we have undefeated IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua defending his title against the rugged Eric Molina. Joshua is young (27 years old) and building on his amateur experience (Olympic Gold) well. He has shown improvement each fight, but can still look a little stationary at times, which could be a downfall at some point in his career. Molina has been in with the tougher competition for sure, but the few times he has been in with the higher caliber boxers, he has lost (and by knockout). I don’t foresee this being any different, although a clean blow on Joshua’s chin could end the fight, hell these are heavyweights after all!
Joshua by KO
Terence Crawford (29-0 20KO) vs. John Molina (29-6 23KO): Crawford makes his third ring appearance this year against the game John Molina for Crawford’s WBC and WBO Titles. Crawford is coming off a career best win over Viktor Postol, a fight that he made look easy. Crawford is a pound-for-pound elite caliber fighter and has all of the tools necessary to win this bout easily. That said, Molina is full of surprises. He knocked out the (then) undefeated Mickey Bey in the eleventh hour and showed everyone he can box rather than brawl with his most recent win over Ruslan Provodnikov. Molina will not go quietly and has enough power to keep Crawford honest.
Crawford by unanimous decision
Jermall Charlo (24-0 18KO) vs. Julian Williams (22-0-1 14KO) The last fight I want to outline is the one I am looking forward to the most. Charlo will be attempting the forth defense of his IBF Super Welterweight Title. Charlo tends to be a textbook boxer, fighting at range with a strong, quick jab and following up with a variety of punches. He’s a good fighter no doubt, but his defense tends to lack at times (Austin Trout hit him flush numerous times in their fight earlier this year) which could be a liability. Williams is also a very knowledgeable boxer and I have to admit, I’m a big fan. He is very methodical in his work and doesn’t make overly risky moves. To beat Charlo, he may have to make those risky moves. Both of these guys are young (26 years old each) and both have a strong career ahead of them regardless of who wins. The winner is going to be whoever can stay one step ahead in a fight that I predict will be like a game of chess.
Williams by split decision
This is a good way to wind down this year in boxing, I hope we get to see some fireworks!
What are your predictions? Let me know below, or on Twitter @TheGreatToddMan.