Smarten yourself up, we’re off to Monte Carlo for this weekend’s boxing.
The French Riviera’s tax haven is hosting a world title bout between Jamie McDonnell and Liborio Solis, another championship contest featuring Jason Sosa and Stephen Smith as well as Luis Ortiz and Malik Scott’s heavyweight dual.
This biggest fight this Saturday is between some of the smallest guys. Bantamweight world champion McDonnell is facing former super flyweight title-holder Solis in a fight that is set to be fast and furious.
Don’t expect a knockout though, the championship contest is a big fat to go the distance.
For a bantamweight McDonnell is not actually that small, standing 5’10, but weighing less than eight and a half stone he has the dimensions of a supermodel. The Yorkshire lad has developed a high pressure style by combining his Rolls Royce engine with his lanky limbs that’s almost impossible to beat.
Solis is wild and unorthodox, and will have to hurt McDonnell in the early going to stand a chance of winning some rounds. Having said that, for the Venezuelan to win on points sounds very interesting to me.
McDonnell has looked rock solid in his career until now and he can knock the fight out of Solis by the midway point. McDonnell to win in rounds 7-12 is , but the savvy bet is on the Brit to win by decision at .
Sosa is the super featherweight world champion, however he has to trek over to Europe from the US to take on Smith. British fighters are where boxing’s pot of gold is at the moment, but is it easy money?
Paddy doesn’t think so and makes it a fairly balanced fight, with Sosa to win and Smith to be victorious. The American announced himself on the world scene by grabbing a draw with the fearsome Nicholas Walters, even though every man and his dog, except for the judges, thought Walters whooped Sosa.
Then ‘El Canito’ won his trinket by digging deep and pulling out a last minute KO against Javier Fortuna earlier this year. So ‘Swifty’ Smith, who lost his first world title attempt only back in April to fighter much better than Sosa, doesn’t actually have too much to fear.
The Scouser can take the title on points, which is just , but he has to be wary of the champ’s power, who is a tight to win by KO.
Paddy has us in a bit of a headlock with the odds on this one, but there is a way out. British fighters have a long tradition of drawing world title bouts, especially when they are the challenger. Backing the draw is a strong .
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Ortiz has been promised lots of action and big fights but first he has to dispose of Scott, whose less than glittering career highlights include a six round beat-down and stoppage loss to Dereck Chisora and a first round farcical KO defeat by Deontay Wilder.
Scott is a fleet-footed, skillful heavyweight and that still won’t help him a dot this weekend. Those types of boxers would have been Ortiz’s bread and butter in the Cuban amateur system and now the head guards are off he’s knocking out opponents for fun.
The Cuban southpaw is just to win by KO in rounds 1-6.
Being a powder-puff puncher also won’t help the American’s chances and he has little means for fending off Ortiz. With a potential mega world title contest against Anthony Joshua in the pipeline Ortiz will be looking to impress, so I’ll be betting on the Cuban southpaw to win by stoppage in round 1-3 at .