Boxing in 2012 hasn't been at it's best. It has had some quality fights and shows in general but nothing truly outstanding compared to the previous years of pugilism. But all of the fans, Journalists, Promoters and every other man in the boxing world precisely see this Saturday the same - A major turnaround for Boxing in 2012. Donaire-Nishioka, Rios-Alvarado manage to leave the mind split on picking the winner. And so far I see only one '' unanimous '' winner so far on Saturday, The boxing fans!
The first fight of the evening has two well known action fighters " Mile High " Mike Alvarado and Former Lightweight champion Brandon " Bam Bam " Rios colliding over 12 rounds. Both men, Alvarado and Rios are blood-and-guts warriors to the strongest and truest definition. When you see these guys fight they never, ever give up in the ring and pitting them in the ring together is sure to produce fireworks. Besides that they are both undefeated, Rios is 30-0-0 at age 26, He held the WBA title at Lightweight but after weight mishaps and missing weight twice he finally decided to move up for this tough challenge where he could very well be much more comfortable. Expect him to come out with the pressure on seeing Alvarado can be a slow starter as proved in his fight with hard hitting Colombian Bredis Prescott. In the fight with Prescott it was proven though that while Alvarado can be broken down he has the heart of a champion and will fight until the end. It is a tough one to call. I'll pick Brandon Rios but Alvarado will give his best efforts.
The second bout is also of high quality. Although not as hyped up as Rios Vs. Alvarado, Pinoy-American Super Bantamweight Nonito Donaire's ( 29-1-0 ) fight with Japan's Toshiaki Nishioka ( 39-4-3 ) could be very good and competitive. Donaire started his career at Flyweight and Bantamweight where he showed tremendous speed and power but as he moved up to his current weight of Super Bantamweight, and switched trainers a bunch of times he hasn't looked nearly as good. Donaire got a lot less powerful and fast as of recent though. And Nishioka is very confident riding a massive 16-fight win streak over an 8 year course, His losses even then were to Thai great Veeraphol Sahaprom respectively so nothing to be ashamed of. I can see him very possibly beating Donaire at this state of Nishioka being at the top of his game and Nonito more near the bottom but we will see. Great contest.
I'll put myself on the line in this prediction. I am going to pick a razor thin win for *drumroll*.... Nishioka. I was impressed with him lately. Coming back to stop Mexican warrior Jhonny Gonzalez, outfighting Rafael Marquez. Just think he is slightly more hungry. But no guarantees of course.
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