August 23rd, 2013 By Zak Attack
SHOWTIME CARD HAS TWO TITLE SCRAPS
Carson, CA- The Saturday night (August 24) edition of Showtime Championship Boxing contains two alphabet title scraps with WBC featherweight (126 lb.) champion Abner Mares (26-0-1, 14 KOs) defending the green belt against Jhonny Gonzalez (54-8, 46 KOs) and WBC super bantamweight (122) kingpin Victor Terrazas (37-2-1, 21 KO) colliding with the relentless Leo Santa Cruz (24-0-1, 14 KOs).
ABNER MARES IS AN ELITE FIGHTER
Sans any doubt on my part, Mares, one of the best ‘pound-for-pound’ on the planet, should be able to succeed against the rugged veteran. Gonzalez packs quite a punch, but so did Daniel Ponce De Leon (44-5, 35 KOs), who Mares beat with relative ease in 9 rounds to win the WBC laurels. Ponce De Leon won the very same title from Gonzalez just one fight earlier, by way of a wide technical decision when the fight was stopped on a head-butt in the 8th round. Gonzalez is a live underdog with the power to change a fight, but Mares is an elite level fighter who has proven his toughness time and time again. I expect Mares to win via wide decision or late stoppage.
LEO SANTA CRUZ TO RAISE SHOWTIME CURTAIN!
In the co-main event, I see Leo Santa Cruz A.K.A. mini-Antonio Margarito (minus the bricks) breaking down Victor Terrazas for a late TKO. Terrazas just barely got past a faded Cristian Mijares (48-7-2, 23 KOs) to win the vacant WBC strap, and I see Leo imposing his will at will on the veteran.
FIRST OF TWO 2012 OLYMPIANS
The undercard on Showtime Extreme will feature heavyweight prospect and 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic Breazeale (5-0, 5 KOs) taking on Lenroy Thomas (16-2, 8 KOs) in a scheduled 8 rounder, though Thomas will not last that long.
LIGHTWEIGHT FACES STERN TEST
Rising lightweight (135) contender Antonio Orozco (17-0, 13 KOs) faces the heavy-handed Ivan Hernandez (29-3, 23 KOs) of Columbia. This is Orozco’s toughest test to date. I think he will pass, but the fight may last the distance. Tough fight for the 25-year-old, and an upset would not be shocking.
SECOND OF TWO 2012 OLYMPIANS
Another 2012 U.S. Olympian, Joseph Diaz (6-0, 4 KOs), steps into the ring for a 6 round super bantamweight (122 lbs) match against Noel Mendoza (6-2, 1 KOs). Diaz is in there soft, so expect another stoppage for the 20-year-old.
RINGSIDE REPORT FORTHCOMING FROM ZAK “ATTACK” YOUNG
I will bring you a wrap-up of the entire Showtime card soon after the conclusion.
Zak “Attack” Young