First stop Alex Arthur after Joan Guzman vacated the WBO Junior lightweight belt Arthur escalated to a legitimate champion but when his strings of good luck went into a halt Alex blame everyone except himself. After winning a close decision against fellow Brit Steve Foster Jr. wherein he was down in the 11th round and started slow in the early rounds. He was outpointed and outsmarted and this time all scores went to the challenger in a unanimous decision win by Nicky Cook. He thinks he was robbed but many thought the decision was fair he was beaten fair and square. He should be criticized for taking his opponents lightly and he paid the prize dearly.
Amir Khan was a prized amateur fighter and people are closely monitoring all his success. Amir went on 19-0 in all his professional fights coming into last weekend where in he was challenged by Breidis Prescott an undefeated Columbian fighter who holds an 89% KO ratio who drop his 17 opponents in all his 19 fights as a professional. The question would be how well Amir fares a KO artist like Prescott. The answer took only 30 seconds in round one and Amir’s glassy chin makes him vulnerable for power punchers. I hope his not a Fernando Vargas in the making. Hope not.
Jorge Barrios was a different fighter against the tested Rocky Juares. Juares was his usual self throwing precise counters and nice footwork but he was outwork by the Argentinian in most of the rounds. When everyone thought Jorge will cruise his way to victory but Juares concentrated on body shots which paved way for Juarez hard shots to the head which scored a knockdown and with a serious cut on Barrios mouth the fight was stop giving Juarez a TKO win. Hats off to Juarez his composure was tremendous after he was behind in points. Maybe Juarez could move up to lightweight and test his wares against Valero or better yet challenged Sotto for the WBC superfeather weight title.
Michael Katsidis rely on his one punch knockout to win against talented Juan Diaz. But Diaz has very good defense and left the Australian flat footed at times. Juan would shower Michael with a barrage of punches and Michael never knew what hit him. Michael’s Arturo Gatti like attitude made him a moving target against Diaz pressure punches. In the end although I scored the fight to Juan 10-2 he barely escaped a split decision win against Katsidis.
All in all boxing this weekend was in super high. I would love to see those fights made every weekend with beer and some chips in my hands… but then again I wouldn’t like to have my beer belly going bigger from lightweight to a welterweight… I’m sure my wife would curse boxing forever…hehe