This Weekend in the Ring (April 9th 2016) – Pac/Bradley; Ramirez/Abraham; Martin/Joshua; More

By Todd Creel – Boxing fans, we have ahead of us an entertaining weekend inside the ring. There are some interesting match-ups scheduled, including a few title bouts, a fight between two pound-for-pound ranked pugilists, and some entertaining regional scraps (in the Washington D.C. Area at least). Let’s take a few minutes to have an unbiased look at some of these.

At the top of the list, we have a match that has been discussed ad nauseam. I am of course referring to the third fight in the trilogy between Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao and Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley. Regardless of anyone’s opinion on the first two fights, we enter this bout with a record split with one win a piece. The winner of this one will, on paper, walk away with the bragging rights. This is an intriguing bout, bringing with it a few questions needing to be answered. Bradley is now training with the veteran Teddy Atlas. This will be a defining bout for the pair, as a clear win will prove that the addition of Atlas has brought Bradley’s game up a notch. Will having Atlas in his corner give Bradley the edge in this third installment? On Pacquiao’s end, we have the tried and true trainer Freddie Roach. Roach has prepared Manny for numerous fights, and judging by pictures and videos, Pacquiao appears to be in excellent condition. However Pac-Man has been in a great many entertaining fights and wars that may have taken their toll. In any case, this fight has the potential to be a memorable one as neither fighter is known for backing down.

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Charles Martin: Tyson Fury will beat Wladimir Klitschko again

wladimir#6By Allan Fox: IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin is just one of money people who feel that IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) will do a number on the aging Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) when they meet up again in a rematch this year.

Klitschko will be turning 40-year-old next month on March 25, and he’s not a young 40 like his brother Vitali Klitschko when he was still fighting. Vitali was still in his prime when he was 42 at the end of his career. If Wladimir aged as well as Vitali, he would have never lost to Fury in the first place.

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