Jonathan Barros vs. Celestino Caballero 2
When one fighter is screwed in another’s hometown, it rarely works out that vengeance is had. A distance defeat to Yuriorkis Gamboa likely means Barros has a good chin. Therefore, Caballero will probably have to stop his man to get the decision. Sure, there could be overcorrection after the outcry from the last match… but it’s not likely in a country like Germany or Argentina… where promoters will make no effort to even give the illusuion of fairness. They have already conceded by moving to the nation’s capital of Buenos Aires, not Barros hometown of Mendoza. In analyzing the bout, if anything, Barros will be able to make it an even closer fight this time around, as “Pelenchin” rarely does anything differently. Barros by another close decision.
Jorge Linares vs. Antonio De Marco
De Marco’s failure against the late Edwin Valero, as well as Linares’ greater hype, will have us believe this is not a hard fight for comebacking Jorge. However, the extra couple of years De Marco has seasoned, added to the question marks surrounding Linares’ chin, make a recipe for a much more interesting fight. Obviously, Golden Boy executives know that Hopkins vs. Dawson has a great chance of stinking out the joint. This would be a bad move anywhere, but it is even more unforgiveable in Los Angeles, where fans are used to the face-first attacks of many Mexican and Armenian battlers. Enter Linares and De Marco. Linares figures to outclass his Mexican challenger, yet De Marco never goes quickly or quietly, and we have yet to see where Linares’ sound barrier truly is. This is probably because he went from untested to a 1-round KO victim in less time that it takes a fight fan to say “Tommy Morrison”. This is finally a fan-friendly test, that he can pass. Linares by 10th round TKO.
Tony Thompson vs. Eddie Chambers
They teased us for a while, went rounds with Wladimir, and got KO’d late. This is a third chance for Chambers, and a second chance for Thompson. Chambers seems to keep finding his way to Germany and hasn’t always lost. However, these eliminator chances (Povetkin, Dimitrenko, and now Thompson) are coming so fast in his career, he has barely had the chance to change or improve anything. Thompson, however, was avoided all the way to his first mandated shot, and has been avoided since. He is not usually exciting, doesn’t draw fans, and beats everyone except the very best. With a formula like that, he will only get a shot if the sanctioning bodies force it. This is also likely to be his last chance, as he is in his late 30’s. After a spirited early KO win over Maurice Harris, he has now shown the motivation he is capable of. Thompson by UD.