Boxing this side of the Atlantic takes something of a short pause for breath this weekend, but the same can’t said across the pond.
Nonito Donaire, otherwise known as the Filipino Flash, had been tearing a swathe through the weight divisions, much as his compatriot Manny Pacquiao had done before him.
Unfortunately at super bantamweight he bumped into the educated fists of Cuban slickster Guillermo Rigondeaux, who gave him a boxing lesson despite being knocked down in the fight.
Now the well-spoken pocket dynamo is back, this time at featherweight, to take on a man who he viciously knocked out in 2007, Vic Darchinyan.
In that fight the scorecards had been virtually even up until the knockout blow, but watch the fight back and it’s clear that even at flyweight, Darchinyan didn’t have the power to keep Donaire at bay.
Now Donaire has something to prove. Before his loss to Rigondeaux he was being touted as the next big pound-for-pound king of the sport and his handlers will want him to make a big statement on Saturday night.
Darchinyan is a warrior who has fought many of the biggest names in the lower weight divisions but the consensus among most boxing pundits is that his time is up and that this fight will just go the same way as the first did.
Our offer of 23\20 for the bout to go less than seven rounds could be the way to go, although the Armenian-born fighter does have serious heart and Donaire is the only man ever to stop him.
Perhaps that, combined with ring rust that the Filipino will have to shake off, makes Donaire on points at 47/25 worth a shout.
In the weekend’s other big fight, Mikey Garcia banishes his weight-making issues at featherweight to move up to super featherweight to take on one-time Ricky Burns victim Roman Martinez.
I hadn’t seen a great deal of Garcia until recently but having watched a number of his fights it’s clear that he’s a serious talent.
He has power in both hands and has blurring speed, both when it comes to his punches and his footwork.
The only thing I can see holding him back in this fight is if he once again has to go through the agony of not making weight.
He actually lost his featherweight world title on the scales last time out due to his inability to get down to the 126lbs limit and his camp have already been making noises about him struggling to make the 130lbs threshold.
However, this shouldn’t be taken out of context.
Garcia is merely a young fighter whose body is growing. He isn’t cutting corners in training and for that reason it’s just impossible to bet against him in this fight.
Martinez is a strong and game fighter but when he does win on points it’s never by a wide margin and I just can’t see him out-boxing such a talented opponent who will have home town backing.
Therefore the only bet I can advise is Garcia to win on points at 8/5 or a late stoppage win for the same fighter, with rounds six through 11 all priced at 12/1.
However, there is always the possibility of the favourite blowing up in the later rounds if he hasn’t made the weight correctly, so perhaps a small flutter on a win for Martinez at 6/1 could be justified.
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