Fight Predictions: Ward-Dawson, DeMarco-Molina, Klitschko-Charr

 By: Brandon Stubbs

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Saturday night, HBO delivers boxing fans a triple-header of action. We get fights from two different continents and three title fights in three different weight classes. We have two hungry young fighters wanting to stake their claim in their division and two men making their case in the Pound for Pound race.

Manuel Charr vs. Vitali Klitschko

Many of you were like me and wondered who in the world Manuel Charr is? And more importantly, how in the world did he get a title shot? Sadly, this is what the heavyweight division has turned into in this day and age; a bunch of nobodies and the Klitschko brothers. So who is Manuel Charr? Well, he’s tall standing 6’4”, a former Muay Thai champion, German and well…that’s about it. His record shows nothing to leave me to think he has any chance against the elder Vitali. Is Vitali getting older; yes. Is Vitali getting slower, sure. But Vitali still has all the right skills to pick apart and break a relatively novice fighter like Charr. I see this going the way most of the Klitschko fights go. The first few rounds are for feeling out and finding range. Around the third or fourth   the pressure increases then breaking down Charr and his will  in the seventh or eighth. This one should end no later then early in the tenth and leaving the Klitschko’s on top of the heavyweight mountain still.

John Molina Jr. vs. Antonio DeMarco

It is always a treat when you have two humble yet hungry fighters square off in the same ring. On Saturday night you will get exactly that when John Molina Jr. will challenge Antonio DeMarco for his WBC Lightweight title. Both of these guys can lay the wood; 76% of Molina’s wins coming from knockout and DeMarco is no slouch having 67% of his W’s coming from the knockout. With that, said somebody is going to get laid out. In talking with Molina Jr. ( ) you just know he is hungry and ready for the limelight. He showed a ton of heart in his bout with Hank Lundy back in 2010 and I see him using that same heart to win this Saturday. Oddly I don’t see this ending via the knockout or even TKO.  I see it going the full 12 and being a true haymaker. It can be expected that both guys may hit the mat, but DeMarco maybe 2-3 times. Molina wins this slugfest on the cards and captures the WBC belt, setting up even larger paydays down the road; possibly with Andrien Broner.

Chad Dawson vs. Andre Ward

Some said that when Dawson vs. Ward was announced that this would be a boring fight. They said these two guys have boring personalities. They said this fight may not sell well with the boxing public. I say they were wrong all around. After HBO aired “Road to Dawson, Ward”, the boxing world got a chance to see these fighters debunk the boring label and help build a buzz for this fight. The fight did sell well, most for the fact that it is in Ward’s backyard of Oakland. As far as this being boring, that won’t happen. Matter of fact I’m going to go against the grain in my fight pick. The bout is for Ward’s WBA, WBC and The Ring Super Middleweight titles. So with Dawson coming down in weight, some think he will be the much slower fighter. Not I. Ward doesn’t have blazing speed and Dawson hands are much underrated. I see the naturally bigger fighter in Dawson imposing his will and working off of jab; using his 5 ½ inch reach advantage. With Dawson being on the fringe of true greatness, I see Dawson going out to make a major statement. I’m calling for Dawson to stop Ward in the 9th or 10 round and crowning a new king in the Pound for Pound argument. I just believe his size and power will be the defining factor. Ward is going to give him a good scrap, but will taste his first career defeat.

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