This coming Saturday night, big-time professional boxing will take center stage in the Lone Star State of America as eight of the world's top lightweight warriors will showcase their skill, heart, talent and determination.
Dubbed as "Lightweight Lightning", Although it had undergone unforeseen changes with Joel Casamayor and Jorge Barrios' injuries. The card remains to be as exciting as it is.
So without further ado here is Louie's, err...I mean my Fearless Forecast,
Edwin Valero vs Antonio Pitalua: This bout is for the vacant WBC lightweight crown. The main event and perhaps the most-action packed.
Valero, the undefeated Youtube sensation will have the fight of his life against the veteran Pitalua.
Many boxing enthusiasts see this fight as Valero's ticket to bigger and lucrative paydays against higher echelon fighters. Many expect this to be an easy early stoppage for Valero however I am in disagreement.
Pitalua is an experienced fighter with a big punch. In my opinion one of the more underrated fighters in the world of boxing.
He's coming off a career-best performance against former world champion Jose Armando Santa Cruz.
You cannot underestimate the guy. I can see a brawl that will last for about 10 rounds with both fighters landing huge volume of punches. Valero landing the crisper, heavier and more decisive blows.
Final Verdict: Valero by late round stoppage, A tough fight in which Pitalua has nothing to be ashamed of
Michael Katsidis vs Jesus Chavez: A young Gladiator against the well-experienced Matador
Katsidis will definitely have his hands full against Chavez. Chavez may have seen better days but he still has what it takes as shown in his last outing against unheralded Andres Ledesma.
Bottom line Chavez still knows how to punch.
On the other hand Katsidis after a series of defeats had bounced back with an impressive showing last January. Earning a decision win against Angel Ramirez, flooring Ramirez four times in the course of the fight.
Katsidis is expected to push the tempo and engage himself in an all-out brawl with Chavez. He is a dangerous brawler but Chavez is as equally dangerous.
Final Verdict: I like Chavez chances but I'll go with the young one, Katsidis by decision.
Vicente Escobedo vs Carlos Hernandez: The Olympian against the Famous one
Escobedo the 2004 Athens Olympian reminds me of Manny Pacquaio, a once aggressive and relentless punching machine. He's one of Golden Boy's top prospects and given his charisma and fighting style. He's a sure hit in the "Boxing Market"
Hernandez retired in 2006 following his loss to Kevin Kelley. Eventually just like any other "retired" athlete he come out of retirement. He has the distinction as the only fighter who had scored a knockdown against former pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather (another "retired" athlete)
Escobedo well-equipped with his power punches will find his way to knockout the old man while the old man, I mean Hernandez is the same "grinding" fighter of yesteryear.
Final Verdict: Escobedo by mid round stoppage, Hernandez, the valiant one has the bigger heart but heart alone cannot win a boxing fight.
Julio Diaz vs Rolando Reyes: A truly entertaining bout
Diaz looking good at the press conference. In my opinion he is at the best shape of his career.
Reyes, the tall and at times reluctant American lightweight hope, a late replacement doesn't have that much potential but still possess the ability to pull out a big upset.
Their common denominator perhaps, Jose Luis Castillo. Both them lose to the great Castillo. Diaz losing by ninth round K.O. while Reyes hanging in there the full 12 rounds only to lose by UD.
Final Verdict: Diaz by late round stoppage, simply put Reyes is not in Diaz's "League."
A very entertaining fight card that's worth your every penny.
Fights that will shake the lightweight division.
Well, that's just my two cents. Louie's, err...I mean My "Fearless Forecast"