My Final Predictions For Simms vs Alcine, Klitschko vs Brewster, Darchinyan vs Donaire

07.07.07 - By James Slater: Not long now until fight time. Whether you are watching the massively intriguing Klitschko-Brewster rematch, the clash of the undefeated in Simms-Alcine, or the fight on the under-card in Connecticut in Darchinyan-Donaire, you are only a few hours away from the opening bell. All three fights could prove to be great fights. The heavyweight showdown, in particular, has had a ton of ink devoted to it and its outcome..

Many people do indeed expect a great fight. The other two bouts, though neither as massive or as talked about, being that they are not heavyweight fights (proof once again that the heavyweight division is still, despite the criticism it has been subject to lately, the weight class the majority of fans turn to most loyally) are damn good match ups in their own right. So who will win these three potentially thrilling bouts? For what it’s worth, I give my final predictions here.

Fight one: Wladimir Klitschko Vs. Lamon Brewster II

Can lightening strike twice for Brewster? Despite what a good many fans/experts have written/said, I think not. In fact, I see a blow-out for the defending IBF champ. I do not think we will see anything like a competitive fight, not at all. With his ring-rust (I know Lamon entered his first fight with “The Steel Hammer” after having had a fair amount of time in which he was absent from the ring) eye problems (past or present) age at thirty-four and fighting style, a win is unlikely for Lamon this time around. All those expecting a great fight, will, in my opinion, be disappointed. Look for Wladimir to jump right on “Relentless” and get rid of him in shockingly easy fashion.

I see Klitschko winning inside three rounds - thus further enhancing his reputation as the heavyweight number one.

Fight Two: Vic Darchinyan Vs. Nonito Donaire

This battle at flyweight could be a tough one for defending IBF king Darchinyan. Donaire says he wants to avenge his brother, who was beaten on a technical decision by Vic last October in an exciting fight. The cut that led to Nonito’s brother Glenn losing was somewhat controversial, in that the champ says a punch caused it, while Glenn says an elbow was the real weapon. Now the younger of the two brothers gets his shot at the undefeated “Raging Bull.” Used to fighting at a weight above flyweight, the seven years younger man in Nonito feels he will be stronger than the southpaw champion. Also, at age thirty-one (no spring chicken for such a small fighter) Vic could feel his years in any given fight. Not in this one, though. I expect the champ to box in the early rounds, before stepping up the pressure at the half way stage. Whereupon he will get another KO victory.

I see Darchinyan stopping a game Donaire in about six or seven rounds. With punch-inducing knockdowns, by the way, not cuts.

Fight three: Travis Simms Vs. Joachim Alcine

This could be the fight of the night. Neither man has ever lost, and judging by the press conference last week, both men are willing to sacrifice a lot so as not to do so here. Both Travis and Joachim were stung by the other’ remarks when publicising the fight, and both have promised a victory. Alcine has a big reach advantage of five inches and is much the younger man at age thirty-one. Simms, though, is a southpaw who has mixed in much better company and even though he is thirty-six, Travis also looked very sharp last time out against Jose Rivera. He is a genuine and proven champion. We do no know how good Joachim is yet. He may well be the light-middleweight division’s next big thing. Both strong and at times explosive, the Canadian just might pull off the upset. It wouldn’t be a massive shocker if he did so. I don’t think he will, however. I expect a fast-paced and intense battle, with the possibility of one or two knockdowns along the way. But who for?

Simms really wants to make his man pay for what he feels is disrespect and I feel he will. Look for “Tremendous” to use every punch in his fine repertoire, as he wins a commanding points verdict. For his part, Alcine will win new fans with his up-off-the-canvas bravery.

Article posted on 07.07.2007

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