Wright-Quillin, Tarver-Kayode, Bika-Davis, Trout-Rodriguez on Saturday
By Allan Fox: This Saturday night, Antonio Tarver vs. Lateef Kayode will be headlining a huge fight card televised by Showtime at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The main event is a decent fight, but the whole card is loaded with good fights.
Here’s the entire fight card:
Sakio Bika vs. Dyah Davis
Austin Trout vs. Delvin Rodriguez
Ronald Wright vs. Peter Quillin
Leo Santa Cruz vs. Vusi Malinga
Sharif Bogere vs. Manuel Leyva
Omar Figueroa vs. TBA
Juan Reynoso vs. Beau Hamilton
Bika, 33, will be fighting for the first time this year against super middleweight contender Dyeh Davis. This is going to be an interesting fight to see if Bika can cut off the ring on Davis, because if he doesn’t force Davis to fight, he’ll have a lot of problems with his movement. Davis isn’t the fastest guy nor the best puncher, but he hit and move. Picture Amir Khan fighting underwater and you get Davis. Still, even a slow Davis could be problems for Bika because he likes to fight in close.
Winky Wright, 40, will be fighting for the first time since losing a lopsided 12 round decision against Paul Williams three years ago. Wright will be facing middleweight contender Peter Quillin (26-0, 20 KO’s) in a fight that will tell us whether Quillin is the real deal. Quillin, trained by Freddie Roach, seems to be a decent puncher but he’s still so badly flawed. It’s pretty shocking how flawed. At 28, Quillin doesn’t throw combinations, can’t fight on the inside and can’t jab. It’s disappointing that Roach hasn’t made any improvements with him. Wright could win this fight if he’s 60% of what he used to be, but at this point, Wright is likely closer 50% and should lose.
43-year-old Antonio Tarver fights the muscular cruiserweight contender Lateef Kayode in a 12 round bout. Kayode is another Freddie Roach trained fighter with a lot of muscles but also a lot of flaws in his game. He’s more of an arm puncher and he lacks boxing skills. I can’t see Kayode winning this fight, even thought Tarver is a lot older than him. I don’t see Kayode getting any better, but he’s had a nice run against weak opposition. His run will end on Saturday.
WBA World light middleweight champion Austin Trout will be defending his title for the third time against Delvin Rodriguez. I like Rodriguez when facing guys like Pawel Wolak, but he struggles when facing guys that can box. He’ll be way out of his class against Trout and will end up getting dominated. If Trout was a stationary fighter like Wolak, then I’d give Rodriguez a decent chance of winning. However, Trout knows how to box and he’ll make Rodriguez look bad on Saturday.
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