Top Rank Boxing Returns To Tucson With Action Packed Championship Doubleheader
Top Rank Boxing returns to the valley of the sun, to Tucson to be exact with “Twice as Nice,” a world championship doubleheader and aired on ESPN.
The main event shall bring forth the long-awaited rematch between Miguel Berchelt (35-1, 31 KOs) and Francisco Vargas (25-1-2, 18 KOs) for the WBC World Super Featherweight Title. The first bout between these two Mexican warriors was an entertaining brawl with Berchelt taking it by 11th round K.O.
Emanuel Navarrete (26-1, 22 KOs) will once again trade leather against Isaac Dogboe (20-1, 14KOs) in the co-feature in defense of the WBO World Super Bantamweight title he beat away from Dogboe by unanimous 12-round decision.
Also featured on the loaded card will be welterweights Christopher Gonzalez vs. Judas Estrada in a rematch war. Last November, Tucson’s Gonzalez (3-0-1), went blow for blow against Nogales’ Judas Estrada (1-1-1) at Guerra De Gallos event. Their first bout ended in a four-round draw.
Middleweight prospect Emmanuel Guajardo (4-0) will look to once again entertain the Tucson fight fans. Last time out, Guajardo, won a unanimous decision over Daniel Garcia Flores.
Phoenix rising young star Carlos Castro (22-0, 9 KOs) will take on Ernesto Saulong (22-4-2, 9KO) in an 8-round super bantamweight bout.
Castro is coming in on a big win high after upsetting Genesis Servania (32-2, 15 KOs) in February, with that big win Castro captured the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Bantamweight title.
And many more bouts to be featured. Come on out and bring out the family and friends and enjoy the show.
The May 11 card is promoted by Top Rank, in association with Peltz Boxing Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. Tickets are priced at $102, $77, $52 and $27. They can be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet, online at www.Ticketmaster.com, by phone at (800) 745-3000, or at the Tucson Convention Center ticket office. Doors to the Tucson Arena shall open at 2:30, with the first bell ringing at 3:30.
Canelo Alvarez/Daniel Jacobs Prediction
Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2-34KO’s) vs. Daniel Jacobs (35-2-29KO’s) for the middleweight unification title on May 4th– It’s no secret that Jacobs is the longer fighter with the longer reach. So if I am Jacobs, I would double and triple my jab and press forward to force Canelo to box off of his back foot.
Canelo on the other hand will need to also employ his jab but must look to use a stabbing jab at the pit of Jacobs’ mid-section and mix in a consistent body attack.
Jacobs will also need to be alert at the time on the clock and keep firing when Canelo is not working. In short, Jacobs must look to outwork and at times handcuff Canelo to cause frustration.
I am expecting to see a shootout and very competitive close rounds, but Canelo with his smooth combination power punching will eventually create separation and show the difference between an elite and a very good fighter.
Give me Canelo by unanimous decision in a 8 to 4 or 7 rounds to 5 type of close fight. Canelo at times may have to bite down and punch with Jacobs to walk Jacobs into a heavy right cross. I just feel that Canelo’s better counter and body punching will be the key and in turn will land the harder shots.
Crawford/Khan & Garcia/Granados Prediction
Bud Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) VS. Amir Khan (33-4, 20 KOs)- First of all, I love Khans bravery, the kid is always willing to lock horns with anybody. Thing is that bravery and overconfidence is what has always hurt Khan in his battles.
Khan is the type of boxer that is so fast that he will always outbox you right until the second that he doesn’t anymore, I know, I know sounds strange. What I mean by that is that Khan builds up leads but then he get overzealous and so comfortable with his blinding hand speed that he then leads with his chin.
So with that being said, I am expecting to see Khan outbox Bud early and will beat Bud to the punch enough to take the majority of the first 6 rounds.
Bud will then pick his spots by switching to a southpaw stance and will time an overconfident Khan jumping in and will walk him into a big right hand. Bud’s body punching and ability to land his own jab over Khan’s rapid jab will be key.
Give me Bud to take it by 9th round TKO. Bud will step it up another level and put it on Khan so bad that he will stop Khan late forcing Khan’s corner to wave it off in round 9.
Danny Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs) VS. Adrien Granados (20-6-2, 14 KOs)- I am expecting for Granados to be exactly who he is, so I see Granados pressuring Garcia enough to make it uncomfortable enough to dog Garcia out to bag in a handful of rounds.
Garcia must employ his heavy underrated jab to box Granados from the outside. Granados will need rough up Garcia as much as possible to keep the fight on the inside, similar to the Porter blueprint.
I see Garcia landing enough jabs and the harder judge friendly punches to take it in a 8 rounds to 4 unanimous decision that may appear closer due to a few hard to score rounds.
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