October 18th-Golovkin Vs Rubio and Donaire Vs Walters...we're going to have explosions this Saturday!
This Saturday isn't a huge fay in boxing but it is one we're very excited about as we get a pair of world title fights with both of them involving massive punchers. As well as those two fights we get heavy handed Russian's in action on day that promises some explosive punching
This weekend's big action comes from the brilliant Stubhub Center, a venue that always seems to generate great fights and is quickly becoming one of the best venues in the sport.
The main action at the Stubhub consists of two world title fights, both of which feature Asian world champions and both of which look like genuine fantastic contests with fire works guaranteed in both contests.
The first will see Filipino star Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21) attempt to defend the WBA Featherweight "super" title against the unbeaten and very heavy handed Nicholas Walters (24-0, 20) of Jamaica. This bout promises excitement due to the power and ability of both men, and although it may have it's slow points with both men showing a lot of respect to the other man, the fight will be tense through out from the opening bell to the end, however that end comes. For Donaire this is a really dangerous bout and one that he'll know he needs to be at his best to survive, never mind win.
The other bout will arguably be even better as hard hitting Kazakh Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27) will take on Mexican veteran Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51). The bout will see Golovkin defending his WBA Middleweight super title whilst also hoping to add the interim WBC Middleweight title to his collection of belts. This bout may be about the WBA title first and foremost but at the end of the day the winner will become the WBC mandatory challenger, yes the WBC continue to make up the rules as they go along, and in theory the winner will be first in line to fight Miguel Cotto next year. A bout between Golovkin, or Rubio, and Cotto would decide the divisional kingpin and a unified champion.
We're expecting more fireworks in Russia as we have two more heavy handed fighters in actions.
One of those will be Heavyweight hopeful Apti Davtaev (8-0, 8) who appears to be in easy against the limited Ante Verunica (3-1, 1). Davtaev is a promising 25 year old though he's a man who will need to sort out his weight if he's going to make it to the next level, we like him but he's a very long way from being in any sort of a notable bout.
The other man will be the world ranked Cruiserweight destroyer Dmitry Kudryashov (14-0, 14) wh will be looking to extend his stoppage run to 15 fights. Kudryashov will be fighting against the experienced Romanian Giulian Ilie (20-7-2, 6), a man who has only been stopped once in 29 pro bouts, albeit that stoppage loss did come last time out against Rakhim Chakhkiev and at 37 Ilie could be there for the taking again here.
Another show of note comes from Laos as we get a title double.
The most interesting of the two bouts will see the heavy handed Kongthara KKP (3-0, 3)* fighting against the debuting Kin Fong Leong (0-0), of Macau, in a battle for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Super Bantamweight title. Kongthara has won 3 bouts this year, including a very notable victory over Japan's Shingo Kawamura back in May and he will be favoured here.
The other title contest Laos's very own Nampetch Kwanjaisrikod (2-1, 1) defending the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental female Light Flyweight title against the debuting Zongju Cai (0-0) of China.
*We have suspicions about how accurate Kongthara's record is and believe he has more experienced than indicated.
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