Friday, 22 August 2014

Upcoming bouts: Saturday August 23rd-Briggs takes on Phelps

This Saturday is a quiet day in world boxing though it's very disappointing in terms of Heavyweight action.

The most notable bout of the day sees the heavy handed Shannon Briggs (55-6-1-1, 48)  continue his campaign of fighting scrubs to get a world title fight. This week's "Victim of Briggs" will be Cory Phelps (16-6-1, 8), a former Super Middleweight who has been stopped 5 times in 23 bouts with all 5 of those stoppages coming inside 2 rounds. Briggs might talk the talk about doing "what the chap does" but this is genuinely a disgrace for Briggs to be fighting such over-matched foes whilst talking the big talk.

Briggs isn't the only notable Heavyweight in action in the US and in another fight Ty Cobb (17-5, 10) will be taking on the infamous Richard Dawson (5-1-2, 3). Dawson may not be as experienced as Cobb but is certainly more infamous courtesy of his bout with Englishman Freddie Fintoff. Flintoff managed to take a decision over Dawson before retiring though it did appear that Dawson was holding back and had been told to "help" Flintoff. With that in mind we favour Dawson here who is much better than he looked against the Englishman.

Another US bout will see Joe Cusumano (7-1, 5) taking on Randy Easton (2-3-1, 2). Cusumano isn't the greatest but should easily over-come Easton here. This is the least interesting of the 3 Heavyweight bouts in the states.

In Brazil we have two bouts both on the same card. The most interesting of those bouts will see Vanderlei De Oliveira (16-4, 15) battle against the unbeaten Romildo Dos Santos (7-0, 6) in a 10 round bout for the International Boxing Council Americas title. Both of these guys appear to have power though of course with the Brazilian fight scene it's hard to know just how good either man really is and neither is coming into this bout with much in terms of activity.

The other Heavyweight bout will see Fernando De Oliveira (15-8, 13) taking on Jose Augusto Dos Santos (15-9, 15) in what should be another explosive encounter despite neither man being particularly great. Sometimes the match ups can be better at this level though of course the skills on show are usually limited.

The rest of the action is in Germany where we expect a trio of Heavyweight bouts.

One bout will be an all-debutant bout as Mike Weser (0-0) takes on Sascha Buetzow (0-0) whilst we are also expecting Alexander Frank (3-0, 2) and Andrei Mazanik (9-6, 8) to be in action though against yet to be named opponents.

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