by Mike Hanson
Looking forward to this weekend to help get past the tragic events of the last few days. We have a great Saturday night of boxing with dueling cards on Showtime and HBO. On Showtime the Super Six tourney continues with Mikkel Kessler facing Carl Froch. Kessler is in must win territory while Froch hopes to continue his trend of losing most of the fight but somehow coming out the winner. On HBO we have a rarity, a very intriguing Heavyweight fight. Chris Arreola takes on Tomasz Adamek in a fight that will legitimize the winner. I think it is a must win for Arreola because a loss in this fight leaves him with very few options. Also on the card is Alfredo Angulo against Joel Julio. While I think a loss would hurt Angulo, it would be pretty much be the end for Julio. Julio burst onto the scene but has since lost every time he has taken a step up. A loss here and he is looking at nothing but non-televised fights or being the opponent to rising prospects.
1. Mikkel Kessler (42-2) vs. Carl Froch (26-0)
Kessler wins in Title Bout 51-43-6. The most common win for Kessler is by UD12. Surprisingly, Froch won most of his by decision also. I think Kessler wins this fight fairly easily. I thought Froch lost his last two decision against Pascal and Dirrell but was saved by Nottingham. He was also way behind against Taylor before scoring the last second KO. He gets his long overdue first loss on Saturday night.
2. Chris Arreola (28-1) vs. Tomasz Adamek (40-1)
Title Bout favored Adamek’s new HW rating in this one (despite it being lower than Arreola’s) by a wide margin. Adamek won 61-36-3 over Arreola with the most common outcome being a UD12. When Arreola won it was most commonly by TKO7. As a fan of Arreola, obviously I think this is way off. We will finally see if Adamek can take a HW punch. I don’t think he can. I believe Arreola comes in under 245 and stops Adamek late in the fight.
3. Alfredo Angulo (17-1) vs. Joel Julio (35-3)
Title Bout likes Angulo by a very slim margin 50-49-1. When Angulo wins it is by UD most often. With Julio it was split down the middle between decision and stoppage. This is a tough one for me as I am a big fan of Angulo. I don’t think Angulo can outbox Julio like Dzinziruk and Quintana did and I don’t think Angulo can beat Julio up like Kirkland did. I am going to regretfully go with Julio on this one. I will be rooting for Angulo but my pick is Julio.
I am sitting at 14-3 on the season and Title Bout Championship Boxing is at 12-5, with two different picks this time TB can catch up. Jersey Jim is making a mockery of both of us sitting at 13-1 right now.