American fight fans are treated to yet another good TV weekend. The Pavlik-Martinez card could end up being one of the best of the year.
Friday Night Fights has yet another solid card and Showtime is featuring two hot prospects.
Friday April, 16
Tony Thompson (33-2 21 KO) versus Owen Beck (29-4 20 KO) (200-plus pound)
Thompson looks to get back into the title picture with the fight against Beck. Thompson if you recall was knocked out by Wladimir Klitschko in the eleventh round back in 2008.
He has since won two fights, looking good against fringe contender Chazz Witherspoon (TKO 9). Beck on the other hand lost his last fight against undefeated Manuel Charr (TKO 10).
Beck is an average heavyweight who has fought for a title but usually loses when he steps up. If Thompson has anything left he should handle Beck rather easily.
Henry Lundy (17-0-1 10 KO) versus Tyrese Hendrix (18-0-1 7 KO) (135 pound)
A good fight featuring two prospects. Lundy seems to be closer to contender status than Hendrix is at the moment.
Hendrix is on a 18 fight winning streak since drawing in his debut. Lundy has won seven straight since his only draw. This will be a step up for both of them.
This fight is on ESPN2 and starts at 10 p.m.
Fernando Guerrero (17-0 14 KO) versus Michael Walker (19-3-2 12 KO) (160 pound)
Two very good prospects get some TV time on this Showtime card. Guerrero looks like a future ABC champion and possibly the man at middleweight.
Guerrero faces Walker who seems to be an opponent and nothing more. His three losses are very respectable (David Lopez UD 10, Daniel Jacobs UD 8, Derrick Findley UD 8).
He seems to have a good chin and should test Guerrero’s power. Guerrero on the other hand is on the rise and has two good wins against Gabriel Rosado UD 8, and Ossie Duran MD 10.
He is fighting in his hometown yet again so he will have the home field advantage. He has a very nice following in Maryland.
Shawn Porter (13-0 10 KO) versus Raul Pinzon (17-4, 16 KO) (154 lb.)
Porter has the much easier task on the card. Pinzon is coming in on short notice and has been knocked out every time he tried to step up.
Basically this is a look good fight for Porter. This card starts at 11 p.m. on Showtime.
Saturday April, 17
Kelly Pavlik (36-1 32 KO) versus Sergio Martinez (44-2-2 24 KO) (WBO-WBC- Ring 160 pound titles)
Pavlik fights his best opponent yet since getting beaten down by Bernard Hopkins. Martinez looks to continue his hot run and capture the middleweight crown.
Pavlik has fought two fringe contenders since the Hopkins fight. He had problems with a staph infection in his hand a pulled out of fights with Sergio Mora and Paul Williams (two times).
Martinez has the hand and foot speed advantage but is very small. Pavlik has the power and size advantage by far. I feel that will carry him to a surprisingly easy victory.
This is a split site and if Pavlik and Bute win, HBO plans to put them in the ring together.
Lucian Bute (25-0 20 KO) versus Edison Miranda (33-4 29 KO) (IBF 168 pound title)
Bute has the easier task on the card. Miranda, who was knocked out by Pavlik, is exciting and can punch but he has no shot here. Bute is an excellent boxer and he can bang as well.
Miranda has shown he doesn’t do well against good boxers. He also doesn’t have a good chin and Bute should put him away in the later rounds.
This card starts on HBO at 10 p.m.
Robert Stieglitz (37-2 23 KO) versus Eddy Gutknecht (18-0 7 KO) (WBO 168 pound title)
Stieglitz looks to defended his WBO title for a second time.
Stieglitz beat Karoly Balzsay to win the title in August of 2009. Gutknecht gets his opportunity by beating Balzsay in December of 2009.
Neither of these guys have a ton of natural talent by they go to work and do what they need to. This could end up being a fairly entertaining fight.
Sebastian Zbik (28-0 10 KO) versus Domenico Spada (30-2 15 KO) (Interim WBC 160 pound title)
This fight is for a worthless interim title. The winner is the mandatory for Pavlik. Neither of these guys will be fighting Pavlik anytime soon.
Zbik beat Spada two fights ago in 2009 for the same worthless title. This fight will not be shown on American TV.
Mayweather-Mosley 24/7 will air before the Pavlik-Martinez card.