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19 APRIL 2014

 

HBO Triple Header Preview


By Sean Waisglass: Nearly a year after their triple-header featuring litmus tests for a batch of the 'new generation' of heavyweights, HBO's broadcast tonight will again feature three bouts showcasing four up-and-comers practicing the sweet science scene.

Two of the bouts pair up a fan-friendly action-packed undefeated prospect with a grizzled vet, and the third matches two boxer-punchers battling to remain undefeated.  And not only are these young guns being put in good, tough 'prove your stuff' kind of fights, there's also the potential for them to show they can handle the championship distance - using stamina and skill while punching their in-ring time clock for twelve full rounds.

The card takes place at the Reliant Centre in Houston, Texas, and will be televised on HBO at 10pm Eastern Standard Time.

CINTRON VS REID

In the opener, Kermit "The Killer" Cintron, 23-0 (21 KO), of Carolinas, Puerto Rico, now fighting out of Reading, Pennsylvania, takes on Teddy Reid, 22-5-1 (16 KO), of Baltimore, Maryland in a welterweight bout for Reid's NABF title and the interim WBO title.

Cintron, 24, a crushing puncher who's frame looks like he should be a middleweight, is coming off a devastating win over the rugged Elio Ortiz that was televised on NBC in May. Cintron used his solid fundamentals and long, strong arms to keep Ortiz on the end of his punches until pounding him into submission in the sixth. Reid, 33, no slouch in the slugger department himself, is also coming off a KO win over Ortiz - a wild shootout that saw him down the feisty Venezuelan five times en route to a fourth round stoppage.

With such a nice set up for comparison, it's hard not to see things in favour of Cintron, who dominated Ortiz, while Reid, despite the multiple knockdowns, had his hands full and was seriously rocked a few times. Cintron also showed some nice ring smarts against Ortiz, not rushing his flow, and picking him apart on the outside before taking him out.

Ried, who's coming up from junior welter, will have a tough task ahead trying to get inside Cintron's reach, but has enough pop at welter and enough grit to weather a bit of Cintron's storm to make things interesting - we have yet to see the prospect take some serious fistic heat.  The one glaring stat is that Reid was stopped in four at 140 lbs by Ben Tackie, whose fists pale in comparison to the larger Cintron's. But Reid also seemed drained at that weight, and has enough seasoning to press the blooming Cintron in a manner that he's had yet to deal with - the rough and tumble North American Boxing Federation champ is known not only for heavy hands and a strong will, but for borderline and flat-out illegal tactics.

JUAREZ VS RAHEEM

In a very intriguing match of unbeaten Olympians, 2000 alumnae Ricardo 'Rocky' Juarez, 20-0 (14 KO), of Houston, Texas, takes on 1996 alumnae Zahir Raheem, 25-0 (15 KO) of Philadelphia, PA.  They'll contest the WBA Continental Featherweight title.

Both men have been the twelve round distance once, and both are solid boxer-punchers with good amateur pedigrees. Juarez, 24, was last seen on NBC working past an early knockdown at the hands of tough journeyman Joe Morales to win a ten round decision. Juarez has been fed a steady diet of solid competition, including Antonio Diaz and Frankie Archuleta, who just upset Johnny Tapia. Raheem, 27, hasn't quite had the testing Juarez has, but defeated Morales over twelve in 2002, and like Juarez, worked his way through a knockdown of his own against the faded but still dangerous ex-champ Luisito Espinoza later that year before stopping him in the eighth.

Juarez is more of a presser, working away while trying to land his big left hook, while Raheem likes to mix attacking and countering, using sharp punches and explosive bursts. The styles could complement each other nicely, and make for an interesting and intense match up that should see both men having to think between the ropes and make adjustments throughout the fight to gain the edge.

DIAZ VS SIM

In the main event, the exciting Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz, 24-0 (12 KO), of Houston meets WBA lightweight title holder Lavka Sim, 19-3-1 (16), of Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

Sim, 32, who won the vacant title by knocking out Miguel Callist in May (after Leonard Dorin didn't make weight and thusly left the division last year), is a solid, intense, and hard-hitting pro who likes to mix it up. Diaz, 20, is a mid-era-Gatti-esque swinger who has a solid jab and good fundamentals, but is wont to end up letting both fists fly as soon as he gets popped a few times.

Diaz was last seen blowing out the normally durable Martin O'Malley on NBC, crushing him in two rounds. He's mixed it up with a couple of good, hard-fighting journeymen in Urbaldo Hernandez and the always dangerous Eleazar Contreras, getting floored by both before outworking them to decision wins. But in Sim, he's facing a well-travelled foe with a good record whose just grabbed his belt and will be looking to keep it. This is a stern test for the young Diaz, who's had to really push things to eke out a win in tough situations a couple of times already in his fledgling career. But the fact is - the kid's got guts, and that '0' has stuck around in his loss column despite adversity.

Two of Sim's three losses were from a title challenge and losing defence against a couple of good Korean fighters on their home turf - and both were split decisions. He won the WBA 130 title in '99, on his second try, and lost it in his next fight to Korean Jong-Kwan Baek, who in turn lost it to Joel Cassamayor. Sim's third loss was in his third try for the same title, a unanimous twelve round decision for the then-vacant belt in 2002 versus Yodsanan Nanthachai, who's held on to it since.

Both Sim and Diaz are similarly sized and similarly scrappy, and it's no wonder why this one's the main event - it's a potentially explosive tussle in which knockdowns and fast and furious flurries seem a likely forecast.

By Sean Waisglass

Nearly a year after their triple-header featuring litmus tests for a batch of the 'new generation' of heavyweights, HBO's broadcast tonight will again feature three bouts showcasing four up-and-comers practicing the sweet science scene.

Two of the bouts pair up a fan-friendly action-packed undefeated prospect with a grizzled vet, and the third matches two boxer-punchers battling to remain undefeated.  And not only are these young guns being put in good, tough 'prove your stuff' kind of fights, there's also the potential for them to show they can handle the championship distance - using stamina and skill while punching their in-ring time clock for twelve full rounds.

The card takes place at the Reliant Centre in Houston, Texas, and will be televised on HBO at 10pm Eastern Standard Time.

CINTRON VS REID

In the opener, Kermit "The Killer" Cintron, 23-0 (21 KO), of Carolinas, Puerto Rico, now fighting out of Reading, Pennsylvania, takes on Teddy Reid, 22-5-1 (16 KO), of Baltimore, Maryland in a welterweight bout for Reid's NABF title and the interim WBO title.

Cintron, 24, a crushing puncher who's frame looks like he should be a middleweight, is coming off a devastating win over the rugged Elio Ortiz that was televised on NBC in May. Cintron used his solid fundamentals and long, strong arms to keep Ortiz on the end of his punches until pounding him into submission in the sixth. Reid, 33, no slouch in the slugger department himself, is also coming off a KO win over Ortiz - a wild shootout that saw him down the feisty Venezuelan five times en route to a fourth round stoppage.

With such a nice set up for comparison, it's hard not to see things in favour of Cintron, who dominated Ortiz, while Reid, despite the multiple knockdowns, had his hands full and was seriously rocked a few times. Cintron also showed some nice ring smarts against Ortiz, not rushing his flow, and picking him apart on the outside before taking him out.

Ried, who's coming up from junior welter, will have a tough task ahead trying to get inside Cintron's reach, but has enough pop at welter and enough grit to weather a bit of Cintron's storm to make things interesting - we have yet to see the prospect take some serious fistic heat.  The one glaring stat is that Reid was stopped in four at 140 lbs by Ben Tackie, whose fists pale in comparison to the larger Cintron's. But Reid also seemed drained at that weight, and has enough seasoning to press the blooming Cintron in a manner that he's had yet to deal with - the rough and tumble North American Boxing Federation champ is known not only for heavy hands and a strong will, but for borderline and flat-out illegal tactics.

JUAREZ VS RAHEEM

In a very intriguing match of unbeaten Olympians, 2000 alumnae Ricardo 'Rocky' Juarez, 20-0 (14 KO), of Houston, Texas, takes on 1996 alumnae Zahir Raheem, 25-0 (15 KO) of Philadelphia, PA.  They'll contest the WBA Continental Featherweight title.

Both men have been the twelve round distance once, and both are solid boxer-punchers with good amateur pedigrees. Juarez, 24, was last seen on NBC working past an early knockdown at the hands of tough journeyman Joe Morales to win a ten round decision. Juarez has been fed a steady diet of solid competition, including Antonio Diaz and Frankie Archuleta, who just upset Johnny Tapia. Raheem, 27, hasn't quite had the testing Juarez has, but defeated Morales over twelve in 2002, and like Juarez, worked his way through a knockdown of his own against the faded but still dangerous ex-champ Luisito Espinoza later that year before stopping him in the eighth.

Juarez is more of a presser, working away while trying to land his big left hook, while Raheem likes to mix attacking and countering, using sharp punches and explosive bursts. The styles could complement each other nicely, and make for an interesting and intense match up that should see both men having to think between the ropes and make adjustments throughout the fight to gain the edge.

DIAZ VS SIM

In the main event, the exciting Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz, 24-0 (12 KO), of Houston meets WBA lightweight title holder Lavka Sim, 19-3-1 (16), of Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

Sim, 32, who won the vacant title by knocking out Miguel Callist in May (after Leonard Dorin didn't make weight and thusly left the division last year), is a solid, intense, and hard-hitting pro who likes to mix it up. Diaz, 20, is a mid-era-Gatti-esque swinger who has a solid jab and good fundamentals, but is wont to end up letting both fists fly as soon as he gets popped a few times.

Diaz was last seen blowing out the normally durable Martin O'Malley on NBC, crushing him in two rounds. He's mixed it up with a couple of good, hard-fighting journeymen in Urbaldo Hernandez and the always dangerous Eleazar Contreras, getting floored by both before outworking them to decision wins. But in Sim, he's facing a well-travelled foe with a good record whose just grabbed his belt and will be looking to keep it. This is a stern test for the young Diaz, who's had to really push things to eke out a win in tough situations a couple of times already in his fledgling career. But the fact is - the kid's got guts, and that '0' has stuck around in his loss column despite adversity.

Two of Sim's three losses were from a title challenge and losing defence against a couple of good Korean fighters on their home turf - and both were split decisions. He won the WBA 130 title in '99, on his second try, and lost it in his next fight to Korean Jong-Kwan Baek, who in turn lost it to Joel Cassamayor. Sim's third loss was in his third try for the same title, a unanimous twelve round decision for the then-vacant belt in 2002 versus Yodsanan Nanthachai, who's held on to it since.

Both Sim and Diaz are similarly sized and similarly scrappy, and it's no wonder why this one's the main event - it's a potentially explosive tussle in which knockdowns and fast and furious flurries seem a likely forecast.



July 17, 2004.







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