AZ Front Row Magazine: October 13-17 highlighted boxing fight picks

By: Albert Alvarez

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Tuesday, October 13 2015
Little Creek Resort Casino, Shelton, Wa
Gerald Washington (16-0) vs Amir Mansour (22-1) (heavyweights)- I don’t feel that Washington has ever faced the higher level of caliber fighter that Mansour currently is. Now that’s not to say that Mansour is a world beater type of fighter, but he clearly is more experienced than El Gallo Negro.

Tough fight to call for me, I can see Mansour digging enough heat to the body to bend the waist of Washington enough to land a vicious right hook up top. But if Washington is smart, he will use his reach and keep tagging his shorter foe with jabs and straight rights to set him up with a heavy short left hook. Going off memory here, I remember Steve Cunningham hurting Mansour often, and Steve to me is in between cruiserweight and heavyweight. Going off of that, give me Washington by decision.

Wednesday, October 14 2015
Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona
Lee Selby (21-1) vs. Fernando Montiel (54-4-2) (IBF featherweight title)- Look for Selby to circle and tag Montiel with right crosses all night long. Montiel will likely go into the center and try to box but will then realize that Selby’s hand speed will overwhelm him.

Montiel must press hard and eliminate distance if he plans on upsetting the Welshman. Give me Selby by clear unanimous decision, his clean landing shots and clear control of the real estate will be too much to ignore.

Devon Alexander (26-3) vs. Aaron Martinez (19-4-1)(welterweight)- Martinez is going to be there all night right on top of Alexander. And he will have to be working non stop to take it in this one.

Unfortunately for Martinez, I see Alexander in control of the fight behind his jab and blitzing Martinez with a speedy impacting left hand. I will take Alexander by split decision.

Friday, October 16 2015
UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Andrzej Fonfara (27-3) vs. Nathan Cleverly (29-2) (light heavyweight title)- The plan seems to be for Cleverly to get the win here and be right back in the mix of things. But the tough as nails Fonfara has entirely different plans. This will be a very tough back and forth fight that will have very close rounds.

It’s a coin flipping fight for me, but I am taking Cleverly in a controversial split decision. I keep seeing Cleverly slightly out working his foe.

Saturday, October 17 2015
EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Virginia
Lamont Peterson (33-3-1) vs. Felix Diaz (17-0) (welterweight)- Diaz has a good right cross that he throws, but I see Peterson attacking Diaz to the body enough to really hurt Diaz and force Diaz to box. I see Peterson blanking Diaz and stopping him in the 8th round by tko. Peterson to me very strangely seems to get stronger and stronger as the fight sees second half action.

Saturday, October 17 2015
Madison Square Garden, New York City
Gennady Golovkin (33-0 ) vs. David Lemieux ( 34-2 ) (WBA/IBF middleweight titles)- Lemieux does a great job at punching through his target to get the very most out of his shots, but Golovkin does a better job than most think at blocking close range shots to take most of the mustard off of his opponents shots.

I see a good 4 rounds of back and forth action packed toe to toe clash before Golovkin lands a thunderous right hook to stop Lemieux in the 6th round.

Chocolatito Gonzalez (43-0) vs Brian Viloria ( 36-4) (WBC flyweight strap)- Viloria is a very game fighter, but I feel Chocolatito will devour him inside 8 rounds by tattooing his foe with an arsenal of booming shots.