|Undercard Preview of Abner Mares-Eric Morel|
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If you are still here, well, thanks for staying. Now, let's preview the undercard, the fights you will be able to see on Showtime Extreme and the fights you won’t be able to see. I shall shine a light on the fights that are in the dark.
Part of the Showtime Extreme telecast, is Libarado Andrade. I don't know if there is a boxing fan that dislikes Librado Andrade. He has a crowd pleasing style, and an even better man out of the ring. I wouldn't know, I've never met him, but he definitely seems like a cool guy. He's got a great story. He had a poor amateur record, reports say he was 2-14, decided to turn pro anyway. And while he was making a career as a pro boxer, to make ends meet, he was an employee at Jack In The Box. He really is a great story, and one that should be told, over, and over, and over, again. And, as it turns out, he's had a pretty good boxing career.
His opponent, Rowland Bryant, well, not nearly as successful, and not near as known. And there is a reason why he's not known, even in hardcore boxing circles, because he hasn't fought anybody. He has a glossy record of 15-1 with 10 KO's, but there is a lot of fluff. His opponents records' have been 112-273-18. That's not good, and his only loss was to Demetrius Davis who was 18-14-5. This is a major step up in class, and I wouldn't expect a win for Rowland Bryant. But who knows, may'be he just hasn't had the breaks, break his way, and this is finally his big break and will make the most out of it. And his only loss, well, may'be he had a bad day. Who knows? We will find out on Saturday if he is a contender or a pretender. I'd bank on pretender and I'd expect Andrade to dispose of Bryant early in this fight. But we shall see, upsets do happen.
Also, on Showtime Extreme is undefeated (including 1 draw) Francisco Vargas. He’s fighting Rafael Lora, and while it is a total mismatch, I do understand Vargas, and his handlers fighting someone like Lora. What I don’t understand is why Showtime will air this bout. Vargas, well, nothing much to write home about in his 10 bouts. He’s a prospect. Not a blue chip prospect, from what I’ve seen. Just a normal, average, prospect, that may or may not be a big time player down the line.
Orlando Lora has had an interesting journey. After eleven fights he was undefeated, 11-0. His last fight he won was by SD, to Carlos Diaz, a 10-19-4 fighter. So, I guess after that fight, his handlers decided to cash out on him. His next fight was to then undefeated Matt Remillard, and has lost everything since then. He started off 11-0, and has now been on a 7 fight losing streak. And 5 of those 7 fights were against undefeated fighters. Talk about selling out. So, he has had a bit of an unorthodox way of getting to his 11-7 record.
So, eh, overall, I don’t understand why Showtime Extreme will broadcast this fight. Expect, Vargas to win and win early within three rounds.
Yet, another showcase bout, only this is in the dark. Undefeated lightweight prospect Luis Ramos Jr. is on the card. Ramos took a step up in his last fight against Raymundo Beltran. Beltran really pushed Ramos, and it was close, controversial, but the judges gave it to the prospect, Ramos, of course. That was a close call, so now, Ramos is taking a major leap back and is fighting Daniel Attah. Attah, fights prospects and loses. That's what he does. He makes prospects and contenders look good. Watch this, he's lost to: Anthony Peterson, Roman Martinez, Antonio DeMarco, Urbano Antillon, Mario Santiago, Nate Campbell, and Aceino Freitas. That's about a who's who list. And out of the 7 notable fighters he's been stopped by 4 of them...want to take a guess at who stopped him? All right, take this second to look over it and make your guesses.......have it? All right, spoiler alert! He was stopped by Mario Santiago, Urbano Antillon, Antonio DeMarco, and....drum roll please, Roman Martinez.
So, there you go, hopefully, you got that little bit of trivia right. If not, eh, oh well, go ahead and say you got it right. It's not if Ramos will win, it's if he'll stop Attah. It's one of those fights that we all hope turn into a barnburner, but more times than not, these sort of fights go as expected. Oh, and it is worth noting, that Attah, might not be the opponent. There have been a couple of whispers…a little, “breaking news” if you will, that he might not be the opponent. But for now, he is, and that’s what we’ll go with. And if he isn’t the opponent, well, the fight just got a lot more one sided in favor of Ramos.
Antonio Escalante, is working his way back up the boxing chart. You may’be remember his fights such as: his epic war versus Miguel Mickey Roman which was one of the best fights on ESPN 2’s Friday Night Fights. His TKO win over Gary Stark Jr. Or you may remember the fights where he was on the wrong end of the stick. Getting brutally knocked out in back to back fights versus Daniel Ponce De Leon and Alejandro Perez. Escalante now is bordering on fringe contender/journeyman status. Journeyman, might be a bit harsh, but he is definitely a fringe contender, trying to get his lofty status back.
Undefeated, Francisco Camacho, has other ideas. As damaged as Escalante is, this is a very big step up for the young, green, Camacho. He is a green fighter with only 7 fights, but it is interesting that he has already been scheduled four times over 10 rounds. Two of those went the full ten, and one of them went the full twelve. That’s pretty impressive for a pro boxer in only 7 bouts. It would be even more impressive if that was against, pretty good journeyman, but they weren’t. Escalante will be his first winning fighter he has fought. His opponents’ combined record is 6-16-0. So, while he’s green, he’s fought fellow green fighters and, pretty much, taken them the distance every time out. (his record is 7 wins in 7 tries, with 2 KO’s) Skills wise, he is pretty slick, he’s got good boxing skills, but that could be due to that fact that he just has been looking against green competition.
So, Escalante-Camacho is an intriguing fight. I definitely would like to see this fight on Showtime Extreme, rather than Vargas and Lora which will, most certainly, be a blow out. This one, could definitely be a show stealer. We’ll see what happens.
And, last, but not least, is Christopher Pearson-Jose Martell. A couple of novice pros fighting a 4 round fight. Pearson, this will be his 4th fight, and all 4 fights have been in a different state in the U.S. He’s fought in Ohio, then California, then Missouri, and now, Texas. Martell, this will be his first fight out of Arizona. Two of his wins have come against guys making their pro debut, also his drawn with a fighter making his pro debut, and he lost versus a guy who was 0-1. And, oh, yeah, Martell is 34 years old. Pearson is only 21. Just taking a guess, based on paper, it looks like Pearson will. But, we’ll see, that’s why they fight in the ring.
So, overall, this isn’t a particularly good card. It’s mostly a showcase card of “future stars” but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. May’be a couple of this one sided fights will turn out to be closer than expected, and/or they’ll just be a lot of action in these one sided fights. Nevertheless, a full report of all of Saturday’s action will be reported. Stay tuned for that.
|Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 April 2012 08:02 )|