InstantBoxing.com’s staff today took a step back to review this weekend’s massive boxing schedule taking place in Las Vegas. Golden Boy Promotions’ card headlined by Khan Vs. Alexander was previewed first, check out what our writers had to say.
Amir Khan Vs. Devon Alexander
Albert Baker: Amir Khan Split Decision
This may be a chess match as both fighters have speed, power, and good movement. Khan gets the edge in a fight that features great exchanges that are few and far between. This may be the most intense match up as everyone waits to see if Alexander can land a big shot, Ibelieve it’s a shot that doesn’t come on Saturday.
Joseph McNally: Amir Khan Stoppage Mid-late rounds.
This is Khan’s fight to lose and as long as he doesn’t get caught between two fighting styles then he becomes the first man to stop Devon Alexander in the mid rounds with fast, accurate and powerful combinations.
Mark Turley: Amir Khan Points Decision
Khan to outpoint Alexander, possibly surviving a couple of scares on the way. I actually suspect this may not be a great fight.
Simon Markland: Amir Khan TKO Late rounds.
Amir Khan knock out late. He will be too fast, too strong and Devon will be taking too much punishment.
Gary Mushrow: Amir Khan Tight Points Decision.
Khan has all the tools to cause any 147lb fighter problems on his day. Alexander was overwhelmed by the work rate of Shawn Porter and subsequently lost his IBF title; if Khan can keep the work rate high, fast combinations in and out then he should come away with the W.
Keith Thurman vs Leonard Bundu
Albert Baker: Keith Thurman KO6
Bundu catches Thurman in the first round and builds hope only to see Thurman come out in the second to begin the thrashing.
Joseph McNally: Keith Thurman TKO8
Bundu will make the fight interesting early on and may nick a couple of rounds but by the 8th round this will be very one sided and Thurman will gain a stoppage win with Bundu’s corner potentially having to save their man.
Mark Turley: Keith Thurman TKO10
Keith Thurman will shine here. Stoppage in round 10, with youth and power winning through.
Simon Markland: Keith Thurman TKO
This man is far too skilled for the limited Leonard Bundu. That class will show.
Gary Mushrow: Keith Thurman TKO11
Leonard Bundu is a tough tough man, he has some good skills, but I seriously find it hard to pick against Keith Thurman at 147/154 unless the opponents name is Floyd Mayweather.
Victor Ortiz vs Manuel Perez
Albert Baker: Victor Ortiz KO2
Ortiz looks good in his ring return to get back in the win column.
Joseph McNally: Victor Ortiz via early KO
Ortiz knows the script, Perez is here for Ortiz to look good against. He will win via early KO before announcing he’s back and calling out a top ten welterweight.
Simon Markland: Victor Ortiz KO 3-4
This kid has power and decent hand speed and I expect him to win convincingly.
Gary Mushrow: Victor Ortiz TKO 5
Good businessmen don’t make the same mistake twice, sorry I mean three times. After routine outings against Lopez and Collazo went sour, Ortiz can’t afford to be in with anyone remotely dangerous. He needs to get back in that Win column.
Abner Mares vs Jose Ramirez
Albert Baker: Abner Mares Unanimous Decision
Mares shuts out Ramirez as he looks more aggressive in his return with his trainer Clemente Medina.
Joseph McNally: Abner Mares TKO6
I rate Mares very highly and think the KO loss to Gonzalez was a mere blip on his way to becoming an elite fighter. Ramierez carries on from the Lomanchenko fight and gets KO’d within six.
Mark Turley: Abner Mares Unanimous Decision
Mares should be comfortable here. Higher class should come through against Ramirez.
Simon Markland: Abner Mares TKO6
Mares easy win over a vastly over matched Ramirez.
Gary Mushrow: Abner Mares TKO9
Mares is a class act. Any fighter could have been knocked out by that Gonzalez shot, even a couple of divisions above. Ideally I’d like him at a lower weight but hey ho.