Boxing: Step Up To the Scratch Features Tavoris Cloud, Odlanier Solis, Jeff Lacy
Tavoris Cloud now has an opponent for his fight on Dec. 17. He will go toe to toe with trail horse Fulgencio Zuniga.
This is the third weight that Zuniga (24-4-1 21 KO) has gotten a title shot in. To be honest, he was stretching himself out pretty thin when he was a super middleweight.
He started out as a light middleweight and got a title shot, followed by an attempt at the lightly regarded IBA middleweight title, and then fought for the WBO and IBF super middleweight titles.
His four losses are against Daniel Santos, Kelly Pavlik, Denis Inkin and Lucian Bute. He has lost every time he has stepped up, but he did pop the bubble of Victor Oganov.
Although he has never beaten a top fighter, this may be the time he comes through. He has a big punch and, while he isn’t a great boxer, neither is Cloud (21-0 18 KO).
The questions here are can Zuniga take Cloud’s punch, and will his punch be effective at light heavyweight?
This may be his first fight at light heavyweight and, if it isn’t, he fought two blown-up fighters in his last two bouts.
If he carries his punch up to light heavyweight, he has a legitimate chance of pulling off the upset. Cloud likes to get into the pocket and trade punches. He gets hit often, as in his last fight against Glen Johnson.
The main event on this card will be a title eliminator between Odlanier Solis and Ray Austin. The winner will get the right to fight Vitali Klitschko for the WBC title.
This is an interesting fight as Solis is far more polished, but usually comes in out of shape. Austin is much bigger, but is a very awkward southpaw.
Solis has better hand speed, footwork and power. The only thing that can hold him back in this fight is his conditioning.
Austin is a tough out for anyone not named Klitschko, and has gotten very far after a late start in boxing. This should be an entertaining and interesting heavyweight matchup.
This is a stacked card that is being put on by Don King, but it has yet to find a TV home. Hopefully it will soon.
In other news, Fres Oquendo has signed to fight Oliver McCall. Oquendo is coming off a highly controversial loss to Frenchmen Jean-Marc Mormeck in France.
McCall is also coming off a loss against Timur Ibragimov in a NABA title fight. This fight is a decent heavyweight scrap, but in the grand scheme of things has little impact on the top of the division.
It also appears that two old warhorses will be making a comeback: Jeff Lacy already has a return date set and rumors are that Carlos Baldomir is going to return Nov. 19.
Lacy is going to fight Dec. 11 in his hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida, against a opponent yet to be named. The fight will be for the Universal Boxing Organization International Super Middleweight title.
This will be his first fight since he lost to Roy Jones Jr. last year. The rumors are that Baldomir will return against countryman Amilcar Funes (22-9 17 KO).
This would be the first fight for Baldomir since he was knocked out cold by Mexican sensation Saul Alvarez in September.
This was originally written for and published on www.kissingthecanvas.com.
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