The clash between WBA flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco (32-1, 17 KO) and Manuel Vides (15-2, 9 KO) is finally going to happen after being postponed twice.
When: Friday, March 21 at 10 p.m. ART / 9 p.m. ET
Where: Villa La Nata Sporting Club, Buenos Aires
Watch: RPC Channel 4 (Panama); TyC Sports (Argentina)
Reveco will have home-field advantage in this bout. The 30-year-old from Las Heras, Mendoza, Argentina has fought almost all of his fights in his home country. This will be his fourth defense of his title since winning it from Masayuki Kuroda in Feb. 2013.
Vides is a young, up-and-coming fighter with a sparkling record, but he's taking a huge step up in competition. Is the 23-year-old Panamanian ready to travel to the champion's home country and dethrone him?
The Book on Reveco
Reveco has established himself as a legitimate champion in the competitive 112-pound weight class. With potential big fights on the horizon with fellow champion Juan Francisco Estrada and pound-for-pound contender Roman Gonzalez, Reveco needs to put Vides in his place Friday night.
If he struggles with the less-experienced youngster, it could create doubt about how prepared he'd be for fights with the elite fighters in his weight class.
Reveco is revered in his country. In the following video, he discusses an upcoming title defense with local media.
The Book on Vides
Vides has only 81 rounds of experience, while the champion has 207. That's a huge advantage for Reveco, but Vides does have the longer reach. Per BoxRec, Vides' reach is two inches longer than Reveco's.
Briggs Seekins of Bleacher Report explained what Vides needs to do to win the title: "Vides is going to need to exploit his length advantage to win this fight by keeping Juan Carlos Reveco at the full extension of his punches. Vides has a decent jab, but he's going to need to be active with it, firing two or three at a time."
Without a question, Vides will face an uphill battle against a veteran champion fighting in front of his fans. Winning a decision in this environment might be next to impossible for Vides.
If Reveco were older, it would be easier to make a case for Vides. The challenger is a good young fighter, but this is simply a case of a fighter biting off more than he can chew.
Reveco will outbox Vides and maintain his hold on the WBA title with a unanimous decision.
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