Originally written on The Queensbury Rules  |  Last updated 3/6/15
Mike Tyson and Street Fighter: it’s the best of the ’90s all in one place! The week ahead in boxing might not provide as much entertainment as Tyson with sound effects, but there’s a lot on. I guess you could describe the schedule this week as wide, not deep. As always, it’s a testament to boxing’s global reach, with fights in the US, Japan, Mexico, Northern Island and Argentina. Let’s get into it. Steve Cunningham vs. Amir Mansour, Friday, NBC Sports Net, Philadelphia. This one could be interesting. You’ve got a blown up cruiserweight in Cunningham (26-6, 12 KO) taking on an old but undefeated small heavyweight in Mansour (20-0, 15 KO). Mansour is relatively plodding, which I guess is what you’d expect from a 41-year-old, so there’s a chance that Cunningham could win this on pure activity. He’ll have to stay out of Mansour’s way a bit though, “Hardcore” has heavy hands. The thing is, though, that he hasn’t fought anyone near Cunningham’s level (even though Cunningham isn’t really that high level as a heavyweight). Give me Cunningham by not-that-close decision. On the undercard there’s a fun looking middleweight dust up between “Showtime” Curtis Stevens (26-4, 19 KO) and Tureano Johnson (14-0, 10 KO). Stevens is a bit of a minor fan favourite after his gutsy performance against Gennady Golovkin (I also recommenced you check out his Instagram — #pinot). Anyway, I couldn’t dig up much recent footage of Johnson, but if his earlier fights are anything to go by, he’s an aggressive and committed, a come-forward bodypuncher. He beat Willie Johnson, who was a bit of a fancied prospect himself, so I expect this to be a quality, action packed match-up. Carl Frampton vs. Hugo Cazares, Friday, Belfast. This junior featherweight bout could be a contender for bout of the weekend, with hometown hero Frampton (17-0, 12 KO) stepping up a level to take on lower weight veteran contender Cazares (40-7-2, 27 KO). Frampton can be an action fighter, but he’s also got great footwork when he needs it and throws beautiful combinations. Cazares, like a more skilled version of previous Frampton opponent Kiko Martinez, will be doing his utmost to drag the Belfast boy into a toe-to-toe situation. Frampton will take this by (possibly wider than justified) decision, methinks. Giovani Segura vs. Felipe Salguero, Saturday, UniMas, Tijuana. Flyweight Giovani Segura (31-3-1, 27 KO) successfully revived his career with a holy-****-is-this-fight-for-real win over Hernan Marquez and is now awaiting a quality dance partner at 112 lb. In the meantime, fringe contender Salguero (19-5-1, 14 KO) will have to do. Salguero likes to stand in front of people and bang, which is just about the worst thing you can do with a windmill like Segura. I don’t think he’ll make it past the 6th. The Rest. I didn’t think human sacrifice was legal anymore, but they’re feeding aged heavyweight Monte Barrett (35-10-2, 20 KO) to Cuban young gun Luis Ortiz (20-0, 17 KO) on Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes on Thursday night… On Friday in Mexico City flyweight Julian Rivera (13-8-1, 2 KO) fights Joebert Alvarez (13-0-1, 6 KO), to be televised on Telemundo… That same night Argentine welterweight contender Luis Carlos Abregu (35-1, 28 KO) meets Jean Carlos Prada (30-0-1, 21 KO), an unknown quantity from Venezuela… Seemingly perpetual light heavyweight knockout victim Enzo Maccarinelli (38-6, 30 KO) fights actual contender Juergen Braehmer (42-2, 31 KO) in a rather icky fight from Germany on Saturday. It should be over in short order… And finally top junior flyweight Adrian Hernandez (29-2-1, 18 KO) continues a run of weak competition by fighting a guy with five (5!) fights to his name in Tokyo on Monday. Sharing the bill is flyweight champ Akira Yaegashi, who’s generally a pleasure to watch but is fighting the overmatched but well named Odilon Zaleta (15-3, 8 KO).
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