by Alex Neely
This Saturday, boxing fans will be treated to one of the top pound-for-pound boxers, a city rivalry and the return of a “king.”
Here are Round1Mag’s weekend predictions:
WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (-800) vs. Martin Murray (+500)
Murray is one of Britain’s top prospects. With a lead left hook to the body and head, Murray has blazed a trail through the middleweight ranks. However, Murray, who has the plodding footwork of a cruiserweight, has a propensity to drop his hands after throwing punches.
On the other hand, Martinez has remarkably quick foot work, especially considering his age. While the Argentinian has one-punch knock out power, he too hangs his hands low. In past fights, his speed has enabled him to flourish in that stance, but as we saw against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.; he won’t always get away with it. Perhaps this time, Martinez won’t take those risks.
Prediction: Sergio Martinez defeats Martin Murray by TKO in the 10th round.
WBA and WBC welterweight Danny Garcia (-550) vs. Zab Judah (+375)
Judah has built up an impressive resume over his 17-year career, facing some of boxing’s most well-known champions such as Kostya Tszyu, Miguel Cotto, and Floyd Mayweather. But, with experience comes age. And Judah, who is seemingly chasing his final title shot, moves slower at 35 years old.
Garcia is a marketable rising star in boxing who has taken out some of the old guard—Nate Campbell and Erik Morales—and some of the new as well—Kendall Holt and Amir Khan. The Philadelphia native, who is 10-years younger than Judah, has a remarkable ability to close the distance and throw a variety of combinations.
Prediction: Danny Garcia defeats Zab Judah by TKO in the 7th round.
Amir Khan (-1200) vs Julio Diaz (+700)
Diaz is a former world lightweight champion. But, with that being said, Diaz has only won six out of his last 11 fights. The Mexican boxer seemingly has no issues standing in the pocket and trading punches. And, while that strategy may produce exciting bouts, it could lead a loss on Saturday.
Although Khan won his last fight against Carlos Molina convincingly, don’t expect the English boxer to brawl. Khan’s last two losses – Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia – both were able to take advantage of mistakes Khan made during wild exchanges. So in his last potential bout in England, expect Khan to “fight not to lose.”
Prediction: Amir Khan defeats Juilio Diaz by unanimous decision.
No face-off for Judah-Garcia press conference
No face-off between Danny Garcia and Zab Judah at today’s press conference as Judah and his crew were barred until after Garcia was done with his remarks. Once Garcia finished and left, the circus didn’t end. Zab Judah took over the press conference shouting at the media, Bernard Hopkins and Oscar De La Hoya.
Pacquiao to return in November Manny Pacquiao’s comeback fight has been moved from Oct. 13 to November, Top Rank head Bob Arum said. Macau would still be the venue.
Chavez Jr.-Vera set for July 13 According to El Golfo, former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will fight against #1 WBO, #7 WBC, Brian Vera July 13.
Haye’s trainer wants Fury next Adam Booth, David Haye’s trainer, has set the wheels in motion for a domestic superfight between Haye and Tyson Fury by saying it is “the most natural heavyweight fight out there”.
Yesterday, Zab Judah and his crew broke up a Danny Garcia media event. Here is the footage. (Sound begins at the 1:05 mark.)
The Zab Judah circus continued at the final press conference, where he lambasted the media, Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins.
Watch ESPN analysts break down Amir Khan’s return to the ring.
Sergio Martinez, who will fight Saturday against Martin Murray, has not been seen in the ring since his career-defining win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Here are the highlights from that fight.
Here, for your viewing pleasure, the third episode of Showtime’s “All Access: Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Robert Guerrero.”