This weekend, airing live on HBO, is a triple header which takes place in two different countries. Tomorrow afternoon (US time) Heavyweight king Wladamir Klitschko will face 2004 Olympic gold medalist Alexander Povetkin. Tomorrow night, in Orlando Florida; lightweight prospect Terrance Crawford will face the eastern European Andrey Klimov, and in the main event Miguel Cotto will face Delvin Rodriguez.
Look for Wladamir Klitschko to stop Povetkin by the mid rounds; Povetkin doesn’t have the size or ability to get past the long Kilitschko jab, and will eventually be worn down and stopped, in an uneventful fight.
Look for Crawford to get the win against Klimov, Crawford has too much speed and skill not to look good in what is a showcase bout. A KO is very possible, but don’t be surprised if it goes the distance.
In the Cotto vs Rodriguez fight, I expect Rodriguez to give Cotto troubles with his size and range, but the veteran Cotto will get the decision victory; whether he deserves it or not. Rodriguez would need to pitch a near shutout in order to get the win and derail all the high hopes that HBO and Top Rank have for the Puerto-Rican star. As we have seen in the past few weeks, there is no low that boxing judges will not stoop to to make sure that the “right” man wins.