By Mike Hanson.
1) Juan Manuel Lopez (27-0) vs. Steven Luevano (37-1-1)
Lopez wins this one easily going 79-20-1. The most common outcome was TKO8
Mike’s Take – I think it will be closer than TB suggest but I think Lopez stops him late in the fight or gets a clear cut decision.
2) Yuriorkis Gamboa (16-0) vs. Rogers Mtagwa (26-13-2)
Gamboa cruises in this one also going 89-10-1. The most common outcome was a 7th round stoppage.
Mike’s Take – Mtagwa proved to be a tough SOB against Lopez and Gamboa’s chin is more suspect. Still I think Gamboa will win this fight but it will probably go the distance.
This starts a new season of TB Predicts and we both start out 0-0. In these two fights I feel both Luevano and Mtagwa are a bit underrated in the game. But at the end of the day (as Saturday night proved), these are Top Rank fighters and if they finish on their feet they will get the decision.