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Aug 05th
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boxing imageDecember 7 is such a busy week of boxing, many predictions were left out of my prediction section.  Also, the schedule has taken shape, leaving the closest thing to mega cards we have come (barring Floyd canelo card) in a long time.  When Austin Trout vs. Erislandy Lara is getting third billing, you know you have one heck of a card... and this week, we have two.  Let's look at a few more fights that I did not get a chance to break down in my predictions for December.

Matthew Macklin vs. Lamar Russ
Macklin and Kirkland deserve respect for coming off of a defeat and a layoff, respectively, and jumping right back in with dangerous, undefeated prospects.  They are both pick em fights, however, I am picking both to be unwise choices by their management.  Macklin is never afraid to shy away from a challenge, but I think his two losses to Martinez and Golovkin will have him ripe for a hungry Lamar Russ.  In Russ, I like the skills, the movement, and the ability to take out wounded prey if the opportunity presents itself.  Macklin should be the sternest test for Russ, but I just think he doesn't have much left.  Russ will out box him, break him down, and other than getting tagged by some smart counters, not face much resistance.  Russ by late round TKO.

Kirkland is coming off of one of his many layoffs.  He technically got the win over Carlos Molina, but it might as well have been a loss.  Molina notched two more wins and a title belt, while Kirkland has been silent for nearly a year and a half.  Glen Tapia's level of opposition has not been great yet, but his management has taken enough of the right steps to ensure he will develop, and that they are not afraid of matching him tough.  Kirkland can knock anyone out, regardless of chin, and can be knocked out by anyone, because he himself does not possess one.  However, those who go about their business and typical style have the best chance at landing on him.  He has now been outboxed by Molina, and blown out by Ishida.  I see both happening to him in this fight.  He is always live with one big shot, but I pick Tapia to pounce on Kirkland, and get him out of there early... relegating Kirkland to this generation's Tommy Morrison.

Sakio Bika vs. Andre Dirrell
If Dirrell gets this win, Ward suddenly has an opponent worth sticking around for at 168lbs.  The division will get exciting again.  I still say, Chavez, Golovkin, and Stevenson-Kovalev winner is the best 2014 for Ward, but he has back up plans if the Dirrell brothers can right the ship.  Bika is a awkward, strong, and durable.  Dirrell has all the skills to win, but his level of opposition has been quite sad, to say the least.  Bika will do what he always does, and it will be Anthony's job to stay calm, be ready to go a full 12 rounds, and punch inside Bika's wide shots, all while avoiding that head.  I think between overcoming cancer and a motorcycle accident, he will have the motivation to finally do so.  Dirrell by sloppy UD.



Chris Strait

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