Weekend preview, we'll start in England.
-Carl Froch (29-2, 21 KOs) vs. Yusaf Mack (31-4-2, 17 KOs) - for Froch's IBF super middleweight title
This isn't a stay busy fight for Carl for nothing. Mack hasn't got a chance to hurt Froch, and with enough shots taken, Mack has shown he'll slow the boxing down to the point of getting caught. He's also got a glass chin, which isn't a good thing to bring to a Carl Froch fight (see Lucian Bute). I think Froch goes a few rounds with him, then disposes of Mack Attack around the 6th.
HBO card in AC:
-Seth Mitchell (25-0, 19 KOs) vs. Johnathon Banks (28-1, 18 KOs) - heavyweights
I really like this match up. It's not going to be a war, by any means. But, it's a great test for Mitchell, and it's a great fight for Banks to see where he's at. He's been in there with bombers, and he's shown the ability to box them well, and in some case, stop them. Mitchell, on the other hand, is facing a vastly experienced boxer who has been with Manny Steward for 15 years, and has been a chief sparring partner for the Klits, and a number of other champs. The one thing I question, is how well prepared is Banks? He spent the past 6 weeks training Wlad in Steward's absence, and while he was putting in some work, he wasn't technically training for his own fight. With that being the case, I see this going deeper than normal, and I see the body shots from Seth wearing down Banks to get the stoppage later on in the fight.
-Antonio DeMarco (28-2-1, 21 KOs) vs. Adrien Broner (24-0, 20 KOs) - for DeMarco's WBC lightweight title
Raise your hand if you've heard this is a lot like DeMarco/Valero? Yeah, it really isn't, in my eyes. Broner is fast, powerful, and when he thinks he's got you, the pressure is poured on. Tony, though, is a battle tested war horse who will give no quarter at all. He's also shown the ability to dig real deep, and pull a fight out with sheer guts and heart. I posted it on the RING, but I really feel the key to DeMarco winning is a mix of timing and pressure.Time Broner to negate the speed, and then pressure him to get him going straight back. Force mistakes. Broner, it's easy, use the superior foot and hand speed to get in, and wear down the Mexican warrior. It's that simple for him. I don't think this will be as bad a blowout as Valero/DeMarco, because Tony isn't nearly as green as he was. He's matured a lot, and has the power to have a chance. I'll be rooting for DeMarco, but I doubt it'll matter. I'll take Broner by a decision or late stoppage.
Also, I haven't touched on it, or cover the division, simply because it gets 0 press really and is a tough one to follow, but two of the best flyweights (2 divisions south of bantam weight at 112) in the world are going to go to war Saturday night in a unification bout
Brian "Hawaiian Punch" Viloria (31-3, 18 KOs) puts his WBO belt up against Hernan "Tyson" Marquez (34-2, 25 KOs) and his WBA belt.
It will not be for the feint of heart, and will be a nasty, give/take war for however long it lasts. I believe this will be on Integrated PPV or something like that. It's in LA, so if you have issues sleeping, snag a stream for this one. You will not disappointed with the action from these little guys.