By: Anthony Whitby
November 6th is a great date in my view, it’s the kickoff off of 7 weeks of glorious match up’s with interesting plots and storylines. For the next seven weeks instead of complaining about who is ducking who or why certain fights aren’t getting made, the boxing Gods will have finally showered us the boxing monsoon we have all been praying for.
To kick it off let’s start at the “Rock” aka Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, or the house of Adamek and Duva.
For the sake of Zab “Super” Judah’s (39-6) career nothing made more sense than to reunite with Kathy Duva and Main Events where he was groomed and worked into the boxing scene from an early age to be the next boxing icon. After much turmoil and devastating losses, Zab is now “super” grown up and is walking down the comeback trail with aspirations of jumping in a shark tank of talent at 140lbs.
Zab is facing a very game opponent in Lucas Matthysse (27-0) who has only fought stateside once. Matthysse is a challenging opponent for Judah. You may remember the controversial win Matthysse had over Vivian Harris. Many people felt, and especially Harris, thought the ref called the fight to soon. Matthysse has a strong right hand and loves to throw uppercuts from the inside. Look for Lucas to stalk and cut off the ring.
Zab in his last fight against Santa Cruz still showed he has kept his speed and wits and his hunger to get back to the top.
If Judah pulls off a wins he wants a shot at Devon Alexander who is tied up with Tim Bradley for the number one ranking. I believe Judah will probably get another deal with a Golden Boy fighter and I also see the same for Matthysse as well. Keep in mind if Marcos Maidana loses to Khan, I can easily see a Matthysse vs Maidana on the undercard of Golden boy PPV and Maybe Zab gets the winner of Peterson vs. Ortiz fight.
The undercard has Robert Guerrero (27-1) vs. Vicente Escobedo (22-2) which I have no real expectations for this fight except if the Ghost wins where does he go from here? A fight with Humberto Soto would be nice but it’s unrealistic in today’s climate of promotional standoffs.
One great thing about this card and for any boxing fan who’s attending the fight gets a chance to see a thunderous fighter in Saddam Ali (9-0). Ali fights are exciting and at age 22 it looks like Kathy Duva has another rising star. This welterweight has massive potential.
Also on the same day different network Showtime has put together a nice card at the MGM grand casino in Las Vegas with the highly anticipated fight between Juan Manual Lopez and Rafael Marquez aka the “Juanma vs Rafa” fight who doesn’t love the sound of that?
Well for starters many didn’t at first, to be honest every fan has been thirsting for the Juanma vs Yuriorkis Gamboa but we know that’s brewing probably for next June. But after Marquez finalizes his battles with Israel Vasquez Marquez began calling out Juanma and it appears to have work. While this fight was slated for September but due to the good old thumb to truck car door injury it was pushed back.
This fight has the possibility to be anything but slow and boring. These two fighters will be attacking each other from the start of the bell till someone can’t get off the canvas. If I was going to bet on one fight from now till the end of the year that won’t go the distance it has to be this one. For starters aside from split decision in Vasquez III fight Rafael Marquez (39-5) hasn’t went 12 round since 2005 for perspective Juan Manuel Lopez (29-0) was 2-0 at that time. Only once has Lopez went 12 rounds in an unanimous decision win over Rogers Mtagwa which is a “Fight of the year” candidate.
Lopez, give him credit he has all the attributes to make it a quick night, taller, faster, stronger, reach, younger and let’s not forget that Marquez is naturally smaller fighter at Bantamweight this is his third bout at featherweight.
It will take Marquez to use his experience and ring smarts before anything else to win this fight. A close second is shear heart of fire, once Marquez gets cut which is a lock he will turn it on, there is no fear in this man. Juanma may have been through a battle with Mtagwa but Rafa has gone through wars and is battle tested for any type of fight.
Going off shear logic Juanma should win this fight however going off the intangibles Marquez has a real chance to give Juanma his first loss.