December 10 – Playoffs of Boxing
By Xavier Porter, Brooklynfights.com
December 5, 2016
Brooklyn, N.Y. – In five days fight fans will be glued to their televisions, Snapchats, Instagrams, Twitter, and Facebook feeds as they to keep tabs on all the fights scheduled to take place on December 10. Top Rank Boxing, Premier Boxing Champions, and Matchroom Boxing are going head-to-head in showcasing the best of their stable of fighters in the last month of the year. Each fight card is headlined with a championship fight that will surely put the winner in a position to continue their dominance or transcend the challenger to newer heights in their career. HBO Boxing, Showtime Boxing, and Sky Sports viewership will skyrocket through the roof on “Super-Saturday.”
Crawford, the undefeated 140lb champion, will be making the first defense of his WBC and Ring championship belt while defending his WBO title for a 4th time in front of his hometown fans at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Crawford has been electrifying and dominating in each of his last fights, scoring spectacular knock out wins in two of the four victories in front of his hometown fans. He is a technical and solid fighter all around. With great boxing skill he possesses the ability to switch stances from orthodox to southpaw, while methodically taking his time to defeat his opponents. He’s an intelligent fighter and places his shots with superb accuracy. Simply put Crawford is the best of the best at 140lbs and his stock continues to rise as one of the best fighters on the pound for pound list.
In Crawford’s path of continued glory is the tough rugged John Molina Jr. Molina is a fighter who never backs down from his opponents, always coming forward; taking two punches to land one. He has fought some of the best opposition between the 135lb and 140lb division which has granted him his #2 ranking in the WBC and #3 ranking in the WBO as the top super lightweight in the world. He’s gone a full 12 rounds with both former WBA super lightweight champion Adrien Broner and former WBO super lightweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov.
We can only expect lots of action from both men on fight night with a possibility of a stoppage.
Menard, the current WBO-NABO lightweight champion, will be taking on the veteran Beltran in a scheduled 10-round matchup. This is by far the best competition that Menard has faced in his career. His opponent Beltran is a former title holder of the WBO-NABO championship belt. He’s fought the (2) best super lightweight champions in the world in Terence Crawford and Ricky Burns. Although he came up short of a win in both fights he is battle tested and will be sure to bring the fight to the young lion. Menard has scored some of the best highlight-reel knockout wins in recent and will look to add to that list. This winner of this fight will be one step closer to shot at a world title within the 135lb division.
Reed, the undefeated contender, is making his return back to Omaha while fighting on the undercard of his stablemate Terence Crawford. Reed has been impressive in defeating all his opponents while utilizing all his boxing skill (combination punching, head-body attack, slick footwork). The young southpaw from Waldorf, Maryland who “can fight anywhere between 135lbs-140lbs” is poised for a title shot. “Fights like this I have to win,” Reed said, “Put me anywhere, I don’t care. As long as there’s a ring Yes Indeed will fight anywhere.” With a couple more wins we can expect to see him fighting for a world title sometime towards the end of 2017. For now he’ll have to defeat an opponent who was once defeated by Crawford, via technical knockout on Nov 10, 2012.
Monaghan has been eager to get back into the ring since his last fight (a knockout win) this past February. With the current state of the light heavyweight division Monaghan looks to stay busy against a well-traveled veteran in Castaneda. With another win Monaghan, the current WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight champion, will be one fight closer to a shot at a world title.
Cuellar vs Mares championships fight was scheduled to take place earlier this year on the undercard of the Keith Thurman-Shawn Porter championship fight. For medical and personal reasons the fight was rescheduled for December 10. Mares, the former 2x IBF bantamweight champion, former WBC super-bantamweight champion, and former WBC featherweight champion has not fought since his majority decision loss to Leo Santa Cruz on 8/29/15. Mares’ is looking to win a second belt within the featherweight division, which would make him a 4x world champion. To do so he will need to get through the tough Argentinian champion if Cuellar, who has remained active and will be well prepared for this fight. This winner of this matchup has a great opportunity to unify the belt against another champion and increase their fan base.
Charlo and Williams is an ideal matchup for boxing fans. Both men are undefeated and are in the prime of their careers. This is a classic matchup of #1 (Charlo) vs #2 (Williams). The 154lb division appears the most stacked division in boxing. The winner of this fight doesn’t have to look any further than preparing himself for the next challenger as there are plenty others in the wing awaiting their shot at a title. On paper this fight has the makings of being fight of the year. Both men have expressed an interest to move up in weight and campaign at 160lbs, but not before cleaning out their division and defeating all challengers. This fight has major stakes at hand which will ultimately reshape the entire the division.
“This is the Roy Jones and Bernard Hopkins back in the day middleweight-type fight,” Williams said, this is part of our legacy. We’re going to get down and get ready.”
“It’s a fight that had to happen,” Williams said, “I’m confident because of what I can do. It’s going to be a test for both fighters”
Charlo, the current IBF champion, is sure to be accompanied to the ring by his twin brother Jermell (current WBC super welterweight champion).
Joshua has been a dominating force within the heavyweight division since he arrived. The undefeated champion has a 100% knockout rate. What’s even more impressive about Joshua is that he’s only going to get better. At 6’6, with an arm reach of 82”, there’s a reason why all his opponents have not lasted the distance with him. He’s an Olympic gold medalist, has a great amateur background, and remains calm in the ring, even when getting hit with hard, flush punch, which at its best is rare. Molina is getting a second shot a world title after face the current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Molina gave Wilder a good fight but eventually Wilder found his niche dispatched Molina in knockout fashion that he’s done throughout his career. Molina will bring the fight to Joshua. The question is will Joshua take the bait and go on the offensive or take his time in breaking down Molina as he has done with several of his other opponents.
The Cuban southpaw and current WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight champion Ortiz is getting closer and closer to a title fight as he continues to defeat opponent put in front of him. By signing a promotional contract with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing Ortiz is able to maintain his presence in the ring and remain sharp. Allen aka “The White Rhino” will have a big task in defeating the highly skilled southpaw that many believe will eventually take on Deontay Wilder (WBC heavyweight champion).
The current British heavyweight champion Whyte and Chisora clearly do not like each other and the back and forth wordplay leading up to the fight has only built up the tension for an explosion of sorts to take place on fight night. Chisora will be looking to not only take Whyte’s belt but to also show everyone in the United Kingdom that he’s the best fighter from London. Whyte has won three-straight fights since his 7-rd technical knockout loss to current IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. Whyte fought hard and gave Joshua all he could handle until the power of Joshua caught up to him in the seventh round. Whyte vs Chisora will surely bring a lot of excitement come fight night.
Cindy, one half of the dynamic duo of the championship fighting Serrano Sisters, will be fighting Sigado vacant WBO featherweight championship belt, a belt that that was previous held by her sister Amanda. In fact, Amanda defeated Silgado earlier this year on July 30 at the Barclays Center to retain her championship belt. Amanda has vacated the belt to pursue her goal fighting for the WBO super-bantamweight championship. Both sisters have a plan and that’s to dominate women’s boxing. With Amanda’s next fight (January 14, 2017 at the Barclays Center) being televised on Showtime for millions of boxing fans to see. The plan of both sisters becoming successful in grabbing world championships in their respective fights would is a dream come true. The drive, motivation, and inspiration that they each give one another are what family is all about. Hopefully the powers that be can create an all-female fight card, with both sisters headlining the card, and defending their championship belts, to be shown on a television network.