- Teon Kennedy vs. Chris Martin, Friday, ESPN2, Las Vegas. Philadelphian junior featherweight Teon Kennedy is aiming to bounce back from a comprehensive upset loss to Alejandro Lopez last August. In that fight, Kennedy (17-1) was outboxed by Lopez (who Martin has been sparring with), who he seemed to follow lamely around the ring. California's Martin (23-1-2) is also trying to come back from a shock loss, against journeyman Jose Angel Beranza in October last year. This fight is an interesting style clash. Kennedy got outboxed by Lopez and completely failed to cut the ring off, despite always throwing and coming forward. Martin got outhussled by Beranza. Each man has the tools to beat the other; perhaps whoever can draw more from his first loss will be the winner.
- Arthur Abraham vs. Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias, Saturday, Offenburg Germany. Arthur Abraham returns to his adopted home and the division he once ruled this Saturday after what turned out to be quite an embarrassing participation in the Super Six tournament. It's the Armenian's first fight at middleweight since 2009. In time we'll see if Abraham (32-3) sucked because he was small for super middleweight or whether people just figured out his compact, slow-starting style. It's doubtful whether his Argentine mystery man opponent, Farias (19-1), will be the guy to settle it, though. On the undercard, The Ring's number four super middleweight, Robert Stieglitz (40-2) faces Henry Weber (15-0).
- The Rest. This and that.
I like both Kennedy and Martin, but I fear an awkward style match-up for some reason. Maybe I've still got PTSD from last weekend's horrid main event.
I'm not buying the Abraham reinvention. He's one dimensional and shows no signs of being able to add a second. He'll be fun against people who try to come forward and slug it out with him, and hopelessly lost against all others.
Wasn't Stieglitz going to face Kessler? What happened with that? Mystery man you say. I will see if Amir Khan knows who he is.
@tstarks Power hides a lot of sins. If you can keep him off you for 12 rounds, then you deserve the win. Not so easy if you don't have a 4-5 inch reach advantage though...
@tstarks I agree on Abraham and Kennedy/Martin. I'm hoping that they use what they've learned from their losses, though.
@ThePJ Stieglitz is still scheduled to face Kessler in April. I spose that speaks to the quality of his opponent this time round.