11.04.05 - By Jim Amato: Boxing fans...There are some great match ups in store in the weeks to come. Let's start with April 23rd on ESPN-PPV. Antonio Margarito and Puerto Rican sensation Kermit Cintron meet for the WBO 147 pound title. Mr. Margarito is one BAD dude. Just ask Mr. Lujan who's still waiting for his ear to completely re-attach itself to his head. This is a big step for Cintron but there is something special about this kid.. He's still a little rough around the edges but he is big, strong and he hits hard. Although my head says Margarito, my heart says to go with Cintron. I've just got this feeling that Kermit's a future superstar.
On April 30th on HBO John Ruiz puts his WBA heavyweight title on the line against James Toney. My pick is Toney who I feel will take control in the middle rounds and then dominate. It won't be easy though because Ruiz is a rugged individual and he will hang tough.
On May 5th on FoxSports, Julio Gonzalez and Montell Griffin, two former light heavyweight titleholders will meet in an IBF title eliminator. Griffin is boxing on memory these days. Gonzalez is reaching his peak. Still Montell should not be taken lightly.If Julio is on top of his game he should win handily.
Then on May 7th on Showtime, The potential Fight Of The Year...Jose Luis Castillo-vs-Diego Corrales in a bout that should be subtitled "Someone's Gotta Go". I'll be amazed if this bout goes the twelve round distance. Who will win ? I have to go with the chin. Castillo has the better whiskers.