This is as loaded a weekend as we have seen in our sport in some time. Three major cards covering both sides of the pond. We are going to have a sit on the couch and watch boxing all day type of Saturday and the Fight Doc predicts four
of Saturday’s fights:
Interim World Boxing Organisation World Featherweight Title
Carl Frampton Vs Nonito Donaire
Legacy is on the line in Belfast this Saturday. As two former champions, who are now both in their 30’s lock up and make one last stand. Both Frampton and Donaire are potential hall of famers and the winner will cement their legacy as an all-time great little guy.
Carl Frampton bounced back from a tough loss to Leo Santa Cruz. Then put forth a less than stellar performance against Horacio Garcia. Frampton held 126-pound straps from 2014 till 2017 when he dropped it to Santa Cruz. He compiled defenses against impressive names like Chris Avalos and Scott Quigg.
From 2010- to 2013 Nonito Donaire was considered among the best P4P fighters in the world he held titles in four weight classes from 112-126lbs and put together a 12-year unbeaten streak that looked liked a highlight reel that included mind-blowing athleticism and knockout of the year type power. He is now 35 and deemed as well past his prime.
The early going will be a bit nip and tuck, a strategic boxing match for the first four rounds or so with “The Jackal” getting the better of the action and taking the early rounds with his jab and ring generalship. To start the fifth round Donaire sensing the fight is starting to slip away, picks up the action and starts to really pressure Frampton and drops him with a single left hook that catches Frampton, who is going backward, cleanly on the chin. Frampton gets up immediately but has new found respect for the naturally smaller Donaire’s power. Frampton gets back on his bicycle and tries to avoid exchanges and get back to circling. With Frampton beginning to fatigue the “The Filipino Flash” strikes again in the seventh round with a straight right hand that floors Frampton again. The Jackal again gets back to his feet but Donaire jumps on him and finished the job as the ref waives off the fight midway through the round seven.
Official Prediction: Donaire TKO round 7
Amir Khan Vs Phil Lo Greco:
This has become a grudge match. Lo Greco is doing a lot of trash talking especially for having such a limited resume and skill set. Amir Khan has been out of the ring for nearly two years and is looking to get back into the thick of the loaded welterweight division.
Amir Khan has a strong disdain for the wisecracking Lo Greco, this will not play out well for him as Khan will outbox and outclass him from the opening bell. Keeping the range with his quick jab and scoring beautiful two and three punch combinations. Khan is winning every minute of every round in a very one-sided fight and by about round six a badly outboxed Lo Greco begins to really fatigue. The accumulation of punishment is taking its toll as the “Italian Sensation” is really swelling up all over his face. Khan drops Lo Greco with a perfectly placed right hand, LoGreco rises at the count of eight but the ref takes a look at his swollen face and waives it off
Official Prediction Amir Khan TKO round 6
Adrien Broner Vs Jesse Vargas
Adrien Broner and Jesse Vargas both operate at just below the highest of levels. This is a make or break fight for Broner. AB has lost to every single top name he has faced in the higher weight classes. However, give him credit, Broner ain’t afraid. Keith Thurman who holds two welterweight straps is scared of Vargas, but AB ain’t afraid. He has the confidence but does he have the skill to deal with Vargas? For Vargas this is a fight for respect, to be mentioned in the names of the most elite fighters in the welterweight division. This is his chance to join the ranks of the Thurman’s and Spence’s and Swift Garcia’s.
The fight is a constant battle between Vargas who is using his reach and jab against the speed and pop of AB. Vargas is having success and building a lead early with his jab and reach, outworking AB. Broner begins to pick up the rate and land clean beautiful combinations during the middle rounds. The fight is even on the scorecards going into the later rounds. Jesse Vargas who is a bit of a Swiss army knife changes it up again and his heart takes over as the two stand toe to toe and exchange. Vargas is throwing a lot more and Broner is again a bit shy in letting his hands go, but when he does let his hands go he is finding Vargas easy to hit. The last few rounds are a battle of Broner’s clean shots against the work rate of Vargas. As it goes to the scorecards it’s a 50/50 type of fight.
Official Prediction: Adrien Broner via SD
Gervonta Davis Vs Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar
Vacant WBA Super World super featherweight title
This is an interesting fight and contrast in styles. Cuellar has a legit chance in this fight and was a well established well-respected world champion. Cuellar has quietly put together a really solid resume with wins over Claudio Marrero, Rico Ramos, JuanMa Lopez, Vic Darchinyan and Jonathan Oquendo. Tank Davis is a mega talent with a special skill set. Tank’s stock has taken a bit of a hit because of his inability to make weight combined with his less than outstanding performance on the Mayweather/McGregor undercard against a mostly unknown and lightly regarded fighter.
The fight starts off as a pretty even scrap with Davis landing beautiful combinations and winning from the outside with his speed. However, Cuellar is doing good work on the inside landing power shots on the inside that’s doing damage. Gervonta is winning on the outside and Cuellar is winning on the inside. By the middle rounds, the size difference between Tank who is a massively large 130 pounder and freakishly strong begins to wear down Cuellar, who is just moving up to the weight class, is beginning to wear down. By the mid rounds, Tank begins to beat Cuellar up. The bigger stronger and faster Tank begins to really dominate his foe by the 8th and drops him with a lead left late in the round. The game Argentinian gets to his feet and Davis pummels him as the round concludes. Cuellar begins the 9th round cautiously as the punishment is really taking its toll. Davis counters a Cuellar left hand with a quicker shorter left hand that drops his man again. Cuellar gets back to his feet and Tank jumps on him landing a whirlwind of shots that causes the referee to do his duty and call a halt to the bout about a minute into round 9
Official Prediction Davis TKO round 9