Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Upcoming bouts: Friday July 18th-A big Dong makes his debut, Rodriguez returns from defeat

Although this weekend's major action is all in Macau, China there is some a Heavyweight action this weekend.

Arguably the biggest name Heavyweight in action is the one time contender David Rodriguez (36-1, 34) who will who will be looking to bounce back from his sole career defeat as he battles against the highly experienced, though limited, power puncher Raymond Ochieng (24-17-3, 19). Ochieng isn't great but does have power and if he tags Rodriguez we could see "El Nino" suffering back to back defeats. With the interim WBC Latino Heavyweight title on the line both men know that a win could help them get a world ranking but in all honesty both are a long way short of the world level.

Although Rodriguez is likely the biggest name he's not the biggest fighter in action, instead that will be man mountain Taishan Dong (0-0) a 6'11" Chinese Heavyweight debutant. Dong will be facing the limited Alex Rozman (2-6, 1) and it's clear that Golden Boy Promotions will be trying to get Dong an easy win in the hopes of building his record gradually. With his size and nationality Dong is potentially the most marketable Heavyweight out there though he needs promoting and matching up expertly by his team who need to know about his limitations and not just the potential money he could make.

On yet another US card there will be two low level bouts. One of these will see the unbeaten Donnie Palmer (5-0-1, 5) facing the limited Pedro Martinez (7-7, 3) in what appears to be a clear mismatch. The other bout will see Nick Kisner (12-1-1, 5) attempting to bounce back from his first career defeat,though his opponent has yet to be named.

Staying in North America we are expecting some interesting action in Canada. One of the bouts scheduled will see Shane Andreesen (12-4, 7) battling against the once beaten Rob Nichols (6-1, 4) in a fairly level looking bout on paper.

In Australia fans will get the chance to see debutants colliding as Weber Sou (0-0) battles Mitch Therle (0-0) in a 3 round contest.

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