Once again there is some terrific WBO boxing action this weekend, with action in both Puerto Rico and Berlin.
First off, Ivan Calderon takes on Moises Fuentes for the WBO minimumweight title in Puerto Rico. Fuentes is currently the WBO mini-flyweight champion after beating Raul García by a unanimous decision on August 27th last year in Guadalajara, Mexico. Calderon meanwhile has come a long way since representing Puerto Rico at the 2000 Olympics, having successfully defended the WBO Minimumweight title 11 times to earn him the accolade of “Super Champion”.
After stepping up to light-flyweight, Calderon won and retained the belt five times before eventually losing twice in succession to Giovanni Segura of Mexico. He returned to the lower weight division on his return in April 2011 and captured the vacant Latino minimumweight belt by beating another Mexican Felipe Rivas on a 10-round split-decision. Now aged 37, Calderon’s career record reads 35-2-1, 6 KO’s, while Fuentes can boast a record of 15-1, 7 KO’s, and at the age of 26, he will be a lot tougher opponent.
Meanwhile, former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham will be out to prove that he still has what it takes when he steps in to the ring to face the current WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz at the O2 World Arena in Berlin this weekend.
Abraham, now 32-years-old, lost his form badly between 2009 and 2011, losing three of his four fights, but some confidence-boosting wins against much lesser opponents has helped him reach a showdown with the year-younger Stieglitz. It is a make-or-break bout for Abraham, who in truth would have to drop down a division if failing here, as he is not in the same league as the likes of Carl Froch and co.
He should be fairly confident of taking the German though, having worked hard to reach number one in the rankings, and in truth his opponent does not possess a lot of power so will be susceptible to Abraham’s continued attack.
WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin was due to fight this weekend, but will now face 6th ranked WBO opponent Grzegorz Proksa on 1st September in New York. The Pole replaces Dmitriy Pirog, who injured his back while training. Golovkin will be favourite, but his Polish opponent has scored 21 K.Os in 28 fights, and the southpaw is dangerous when he swings that left, so the champion needs to make sure he has the blocker ready, while looking for a big shot himself, as Proksa has looked vulnerable when faced with a barrage of shots.
Also originally penciled in to make the first defence of his WBC super bantamweight title on Saturday in Mexico was Abner Mares. Originally down to fight Christian Esquivel, that match-up has now been shelved as Mares instead prepares for a showdown with Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno from Panama, who will move up a division to face the Mexican on 13th October.
A venue has yet to be arranged, but it will most likely be in New York, and given that Moreno has won 33 and lost just one of his 35 fights, he should be taken seriously by Mares, who himself is a former IBF bantamweight champion, and who is looking to get it together with IBF/WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire, who up to now does not want to know.
WBO Boxing Odds
Paddy Power have a selection of odds on the weekends WBO Boxing that is well worth taking a look at. Although Arthur Abraham is favourite at 1/4 in his bout Robert Stieglitzat 13/5 a may be worth a punt. Gennady Golovkin is a firm favourite to win his match at 1/3 and with his opponent Grzegorz Proksa at 9/4 the odds suggest an easy win but we think that Grzegorz Proksa has a strong chance of coming away with a win.
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