10 Fights to Watch-1-29-11

January 29 should be a good day for boxing. Of course, like any boxing aficionados, I will be seeing a live concert with my wife that night. Most of these fights will be in other countries televised that I won’t be able to see, and, with the exception of English or Spanish, won’t be able to understand.

Here are some of the big ones.

5-Star Fights

Monte Hermoso, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Yesica Yolanda Bopp (13-0) vs. Carina Moreno (21-2)

A 5-star fight according to http://www.boxrec.com. Bopp is the local Argentian girl that is going to be taking on the American Moreno. Both fighters have fought a really tough schedule through their history.  Bopp is ranked #1 among Light Flyweights. This should be a great fight. And since the tallest is 5’2″, we can almost call this the Battle of the Snookies.

Pontiac, Michigan, United States

Devon Alexander (21-0) vs. Timothy Bradley (26-0)

If you are a boxing fan, heck, even if you’re not a boxing fan, how are you NOT salivating over this fight? Two undefeated fighters with nearly 50 fights between them. The #1 Light Welterweight in Bradley going up against the #3 in Alexander. HBO is giving us a fight to end all fights. I’m looking for Bradley to take the win.

4-Star Fights

Lusaka, Zambia

Esther Phiri (11-2-2) vs. Lely Luz Florez (15-4)

The top Light Welterweight from Zambia is bringing in the top Light Welterweight from Colombia. Neither countries are boxing powerhouses, but this is impressive nevertheless. Boxrec.com has this as a 4-star fight. Phiri hasn’t lost since ’05 and Florez is coming off one loss. This should be a nice one. I’m giving the edge to Phiri.

3-Star Fights

Aulnay-sous-Bois, Seine-Saint-Denis, France

Julien Marie Sainte (28-2) vs. Affif Belghecham (19-5-1)

Two of France’s top Middleweights are squaring off for their National title. Champion Sainte (#2 French welterweight) is defending his belt against Belghecham (#4 French welterweight). Belghecham is coming off two losses. Sainte is on a 10-fight win streak. Thanks for showing up Belghecham. Sainte should mop you up.

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Nehomar Cermeno (20-2) vs. Victor Terrazas (28-2-1)

Terrazas has one loss since 2004. He’s only lost one fight in Mexico in his career.  And guess where the fight is. Yep, you guessed it. His hometown of Guadalajara. Cermeno is ranked #7 among Super Bantamweights. (Terrazas is #44.) Should be an interesting fight. Will the 12th man (sorry, Aggie fan to the end) of the people of Guadalajara be the key to victory? Or will Cermeno take care of Terrazas? I’m going with Cermeno on this one.

Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (41-0-1) vs. Billy Lyell (22-8)

Chavez is one of the most recognizable names for me when it comes to boxing. Maybe it’s cause I hear his names on commercials all the time. This will be Chavez’ first title defense. I’m not exactly sure how Lyell got this shot, but I don’t see him lasting long against Chavez.

Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa

Cassius Baloyi (37-5-1) vs. Argenis Mendez (17-1)

Baloyi is the #2 South African Super Featherweight (#9 in the world) taking top Dominican Super Featherweight (#17 overall).  Baloyi is 3 for his last 5 and Mendez has won 5 straight. I’m thinking Mendez should walk away from this one.

Nkosinathi Joyi (21-0) vs. Katsunari Takayama (24-4)

Kudos to Brakpan for giving us 2 3-star fights on the same card. Takayama is the #1 Minimumweight from Japan (#5 ranked overall). Joyi is #1 in South Africa and #1 in the world. Looks like this is going to be a great test for Joyi. I say he passes.

Verona, New York, United States

Franklin Lawrence (13-2-2) vs. Jason Estrada (16-3)

So we have two heavyweights going at it. Lawrence is 4 out of his last 5. And yes, all four of those wins have been KO’s or TKO’s and haven’t gone past the 7th round. Estrada has some impressive wins and some even more impressive losses (Tomasz Adamek and Alexander Povetkin). I’m not really sure on this. I think it looks better for Lawrence.

Amanda Serrano (7-0-1) vs. Ela Nunez (9-7-1)

Puerto Rican Serrano will be taking on American resident Nunez in what should be a fun fight. The other 3-star fight on this New York card, Serrano will have her work cut out for her with the experienced veteran Nunez. Should be a great showcase for women’s boxing. I’m going with Serrano.

If you’re in any of those areas, check out these fighters. These are great opportunities to stimulate the economy.

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