Closing Out The Year In Style

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This Saturday night Showtime will be closing out a record breaking year with a blockbuster quadruple header from San Antonio, Texas. The card will be opened by the underachieving Beibut Shumenov defending his WBA light heavyweight title against Slovakian Tamas Kovacs. Kovacs has done nothing to deserve the shot, but when has that stopped any boxing commission? Shumenov looks to be in line for a shot at Bernard Hopkins should he win this Saturday.

Next up WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz will face Cesar Sada in a fight that promises excitement, although not much competition. Sada, much like Kovacs, has done very little to warrant a title shot. If Santa Cruz wants to be taken seriously in the super bantamweight division, he needs to step up the competition.

In the co-featured bout of the evening Keith “One Time” Thurman will be taking on the resurgent Jesus Soto Karass. Karass is a far better fighter than his 28-8-3 record entails, which he has proven this year by upsetting Selcuk Aydin and Andre Berto. A win by Karass would make him a candidate for fighter of the year. This will be a big test for Thurman, and should give us a really good idea of where he is as a fighter.

In the main event Adrien “The Problem” Broner defends his WBA welterweight title against Marcos “Chino” Maidana. There has been no shortage of trash talking leading up to the fight, which has come to be expected from Broner. Maidana seems to have allowed Broner to get under his skin, which may effect him in the fight. Many boxing insiders see this as a very dangerous fight Broner, with quite a number picking Maidana to win. Whoever wins Saturday night certainly wont have a “Problem” getting a big fight.

What fight are you most looking forward to? Who do you think will win? Let me know in the comments section below, and look out for predictions closer to fight time.

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