By: Albert Alvarez
Photos: Albert Alvarez
New York (HBO)
Terence Crawford (27-0) vs. Henry Lundy (26-5-1)
12 rounds – Junior welterweight division (for Crawford’s WBO title)- Lundy is a skilled and tough fighter with some dog in him that always looks to face the real threats head on. In Bud Crawford however, Lundy may have bitten off a little more than he can actually chew. Lundy has fast hand speed but Crawford is quicker, meaning Bud will see openings and react to it as Lundy is preparing to fire. I see Lundy trying to outwork Crawford, Bud however, will respond with fierce timed heavy shots to pick The Hammer apart. I’m taking Crawford to stop Lundy in the 7th round with a perfectly placed left cross to then jump on his battered foe and forcing the referee to stop the assault. Hard to bet against Crawford’s higher ring IQ.
Anaheim, Calif. (Showtime)
Julio Ceja (30-1) vs. Hugo Ruiz (35-3)
12 rounds – Junior featherweight division (for Ceja’s WBC title)- These two warriors gave us quite a treat when they locked horns with one another in their first encounter. So can both combatants be able to take off from where they left off? The question I have is how will Ruiz be able to box at a safer distance and keep it at his pace? Ceja will touch Ruiz downstairs and will then come up top with a left hook and will need to make that his finisher in order to once again stop Ruiz. I feel that in this one, Ruiz will move more and will box more intelligently to win a close split decision in an entertaining clash. Ruiz’s left to the body and right cross combo is going to have to be his key.
As for the Leo Santa Cruz vs. Kiko Martinez fight, being totally honest here, I’m really not all that interested in it. But for those that are, I see Leo handling and out working Kiko to a unanimous decision.
Manchester, England (Showtime, Sky)
Scott Quigg (31-0-2) vs. Carl Frampton (21-0)
12 rounds – Junior featherweight division (for IBF and WBA titles)- I really enjoy watching Frampton do work, he can punch very well with both hands and when the going gets tough the kid keeps on fighting. Frampton likes to rip a left hook then follows it with a right cross but against a sharp shooter like Quigg, that cross better land hard and fast. If that right hand of Frampton doesn’t get there in time, Quigg will shift early and often to throw his foe off balance to land clean hard counters over the top. Give me Quigg over Frampton in a thriller by 8th round stoppage.