Pacquiao vs. Rios Undercard: Breaking Down the Night's Most Exciting Fights

Giancarlo Ferrari-King@@GiancarloKingFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2013

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 18:  Steven Luevano (R) of Los Angeles, California and Billy Dib of Hurtsville, Australia fight in their WBO world featherweight title bout at Boardwalk Hall on October 18, 2008 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Before the big main event comes rolling around this Saturday, it's time to break down some of the most exciting fights on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios undercard.

From a heavyweight fighter with tremendous power to a featherweight title rematch, this undercard is full of exciting matchups. 

Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios Undercard
Felix Verdejo (8-0, 6 KO) vs. Petchsamuthr DuanaaymukdahanSuper Flyweight
Zou Shiming (2-0) vs. Juan Tozcano (4-0, 1 KO)Flyweight
Andy Ruiz Jr. (20-0, 14 KO) vs. Tor Hamer (21-2, 14 KO)Heavyweight
Evgeny Gradovich (17-0, 8 KO) vs. Billy Dib (36-2, 21 KOFeatherweight

CARSON, CA - JULY 07:  Jonte Willis takes a punch from Andy Ruiz of Mexico during a heavyweight fight at The Home Depot Center on July 7, 2012 in Carson, California.  Ruiz would win the fight in a knockout.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Tor Hamer

The talented 24-year-old heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz Jr. steps into the ring against a game opponent in Tor Hamer. While both men possess knockout power, it's Ruiz who will be able to show the world that he means business.

Sporting a perfect 20-0 record, Ruiz will use this undercard as an opportunity to make a splash in the division. Blessed with a tremendous overhand right and an earth-shattering left hook, his style will entertain most fight fans.

To show he isn't just a devastating puncher, Ruiz will use his jab as a springboard to lure Hamer into a big shot.

Although he boasts an impressive record of 21-2, Hamer could be in for a tough fight against the younger Ruiz. The last time Hamer was in the ring with a fighter of Ruiz's caliber, he took an obscene amount of punishment courtesy of Vyacheslav Glazkov.

For fight fans, this undercard match is exciting because not only does it put two powerful heavyweights in the ring, but it also gives people a chance to watch Ruiz develop even further at the professional level.

One of Top Rank's hottest up-and-coming prospects, look for Andy Ruiz Jr. to showcase his power and overall boxing prowess in a fight that has knockout written all over it.


Evgeny Gradovich vs. Billy Dib

With the IBF Featherweight Championship on the line, the rematch between Evgeny Gradovich and Billy Dib could end up stealing the show this Saturday.

After losing a split decision last time around, Billy Dib will be looking to get a healthy dose of revenge against the unbeaten Gradovich.

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With his promoter Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson leading the way, the athletic Dib will look to wear down the quick Gradovich with his impressive body work.

Talking with Chris Georgakopoulos of the Canterbury-Bankstown ExpressDib said that he has taken his game to "another level." He is going to need to if he has any shot of getting his belt back from Gradovich.

A cagey boxer by design, Gradovich is your classic pressure fighter. Thanks to his stern jab and fantastic footwork, he is able to manipulate opponents with waves of blistering pressure.

Every boxer loves a fighter who comes forward, but Dib will need to make sure he is ready to counter during every exchange. With so much on the line, the key this Saturday for both fighters is going to come down to who can execute his game plan the best.  

For fight fans, getting the chance to watch a rematch between two hungry fighters will be worth the price of admission. Expect both of these guys to lay everything they have on the line, all in the name of championship boxing. 


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