I like to think I’m a boxing expert. Boxing know it all’s never seem to get anything right as the sport is so unpredictable that even the post knowledgable insider is mostly wrong. Last saturday we saw Nonito Donaire beat up tall Mathebula, a boxer with good skills but a level below the quality that Donaire presents. Nonito proved two things in this fight, first that he is every bit as good at this new weight class and two, that he doesn’t carry the eraser punch he had below. He does hit very hard but he won’t be able to overpower the best of the best as he used to do at his previous weight.
Not all fighters are succesful in carrying their punching power as the move in weight. Not everybody is Pacquiao, Holyfield, Hearns or Duran. Some, like Oscar De la Hoya lose that punch and struggle to dominate as they used to do in their original weight. Nonito does seem to carry a heavy punch, but not the one punch power with which he terrorized his division knocking out high quality opponents like Vic Darchinian and Fernando Montiel with a single punch. There a lots of potential matches out there for Donaire but the ones that really makes us salivate is him facing the likes of mexican champions Jorge Arce or Abner Mares. Any of those fights will put the phillipino to the test and give us fans a fantastic fight. Lets hope one of those materializes.
This Saturday night we finally get to see Amir Kahn in his return bout after losing his title to doped champion Lamont Peterson. He faces Erik Morales conqueror Danny “Swift” Garcia in what will prove to be a measuring stick to where Kahn’s confidence stands. He will probably outbox his limited challenger in route to a hard fought unanimous decision win. Look for him to dominate. Where does he go from here? Do we see him against a Floyd Mayweather next May? How bout a match against Lucas Mathysse. If I’d were him, I would stay away from the powerful argentinian. I don’t see him beating him anytime soon. He would be a better matchup against Floyd now that Money Jailweather is more static in the ring. Kahn’s movement would probably bother him a lot.
Wladimir Klitchko also saw some action last weekend as he needed half the time to knockout Thompson this time around. The ucranian giant is ridiculously good and will probably retire without one more loss unless someone catches him on the downside. The guy i’m looking forward to watch is cocky Adrien Broner. HBO did a pretty good job with the 2 day special. They are doinga good job in promoting these talented young guns. They are the future of boxing. Gary Rusell is also pretty exciting. He reminds me of a prime Roy Jones Jr. The canelo sweepstakes may end tomorrow when Golden Boy finally anounced Canelo’s opponent for september and it did dissapoint. Josesito Lopez is a jr. welterweight fighting a jr. middleweight. Talk about a mismatch. Collect your bets boys this is going to be a blowout. Shame on you Oscar, this is the worst fight you could’ve made. Thats all for this week’s boxing nation. See you at the fights!