By James Walton: Saturday’s stacked card in California represents old vs new. A chance to inject new undefeated vigour in the Middleweight and Cruiserweight divisions.
In the main event Antonio Tarver (29-6) takes on Lateef Kayode,(18-0), for the IBO Cruiserweight title. Kayode is something of a enigma, a skilled boxer with power, Kayode’s mind seems to wander during fights mental toughness doesn’t seem one of his strong points. At times you can see trainer Freddie Roach’s frustration at his charge in between rounds to pick up the pace.
Kayode has been comfortable in his unbeaten eighteen starts, still just 29 years old and less than four years as a pro there is probably improvement in him.
Any improvement from his 43 year old opponent is doubtful, but one thing for sure with Antonio Tarver is that he can never be written off.
Its almost six years since Bernard Hopkins took Tarver to school in a one sided affair as you would see. Many wondered where Tarver would go from there, but two wins later he was back fighting for the IBF title against Clinton Woods in what was believed a pick em fight. Tarver put on a master class winning comfortably on all three scorecards.
Back to back defeats against Chad Dawson and a brief foray to the heavyweight division for a unanimous decision win over Nagy Aguilera kept him busy.
Last time out was one of Tarver’s best efforts. Fighting at Cruiserweight for the first time, he went down under to fight IBO Cruiserweight Champion Danny Green.
Tarver destroyed Green, dropping him in the second round, Green’s corner had seen enough after nine rounds and retired their man.
The two fighters at this stage in their careers should be a lot closer with the bookmakers, with that in mind the 3-1 with Paddy Power about Lateef Kayode to take his unbeaten record to 19-0 is too big.
Match odds 2-9 Tarver 3-1 Kayode 25-1 draw
Another interesting fights on the California card is unbeaten Peter Quillin (26-0) V veteran Ronald "Winky" Wright (51-5-1) Those of you who haven’t being living on Mars for the past two months will know that Boxing is starting to take a harder line on drug testing.
Two fights have already been cancelled (Peterson V Khan and Berto v Ortiz) the last week has been shrouded in controversy regarding this fight.
With the full facts not yet known, all that is apparent at the moment is the drug testing has been scraped for the fight.
There is currently no method of victory market at this moment but Paddy Power is offering the best match odds on Peter Quillin at 2-9 to extend his unbeaten run, I believe that kid Chocolate will do just that on Saturday night
Match odds 2-9 Quillin 3-1 Wright draw 25-1
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May 31, 2012