Prediction: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr to beat Marco Antonio Rubio

We highlight the fights to watch this weekend and bring you our prediction for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr v Marco Antonio Rubio

By Mike Pope

Prediction: Chavez Jr to beat Rubio by late TKO

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr defends his WBC middleweight title for the second time against Marco Antonio Rubio on Saturday night in San Antonio. Rubio is the most accomplished and dangerous fighter Chavez Jr has faced so far in his career and will be a real test for the man with the famous father. Rubio has been a contender in the middleweight division for years and fought former division champ Kelly Pavlik in 2009. The challenger has legitimate punching power as his 46 knockout victories testify as well as decent boxing skills. However, Chavez Jr is taller, bigger, has the longer reach and can call upon Freddie Roach, the world’s best coach. Expect Chavez Jr to start slow gauging his opponent like his father, fighting from distance. As the fight progresses both boxers will trade more punches but Chavez will show considerable durability and punching power as he grinds down Rubio and forces a late technical stoppage.

Prediction: Donaire to beat Vazquez Jr by TKO

Nonito Donaire attempts to win a world title in his fourth weight division against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr on Saturday night on the undercard of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr v Marco Antonio Rubio. Fighting for the vacant WBO super-bantamweight title both fighters have similar builds but their styles differ vastly. Donaire is one of the sport’s best fighters pound-for-pound, with ferocious punching power, sublime boxing skills and almost unmatched agility and movement. Vazquez is a talented former world champ with impressive punching power and decent boxing skills but will likely be out of his depth against “The Filipino Flash”. Donaire will start quickly and begin troubling his opponent with rapid combinations and accurate power punches, from the left and right. Vazquez is tough and will try and respond in kind but he will be frustrated by Donaire’s ability to stay out of danger whilst on the attack. The fight could see an early stoppage but expect Donaire to force the referee to stop the fight in the middle rounds after Vazquez takes an increasing amount of punishment.

Prediction: Quigg to defeat Arthur by late TKO

Scott Quigg defends his British super-bantamweight title for the first time against former Commonwealth title holder Jamie Arthur in Bolton on Saturday night. Last time out, Quigg won a lot of fans in his demolition of Jason Booth and he will be hoping to carry that momentum into 2012 – and his much touted potential clash against Commonwealth title holder Carl Frampton. Expect Quigg to start quickly and try to overwhelm Arthur with his superior power and technique. Arthur is one of the most accomplished fighters Quigg has faced and the Welshman will prove to be a tough physical test. However, Quigg has the skills to grind down his opponent with sapping body blows and shots to the head. Arthur has only ever stopped four opponents in his professional career and as the fight progresses he will not have the power to stop Quigg’s assault and he will start to accumulate more and more damage. This will force the referee to stop the fight late on.

Friday 3 February 2012:

Ovill McKenzie v Tony Dodson
Manchester, England
12 rounds light heavyweight for McKenzie’s Commonwealth title

Isaac Chilemba v Edison Miranda
Las Vegas, USA
10 rounds light heavyweight

Hylon Williams Jr v Rances Barthelemy
Las Vegas, USA
8 rounds lightweight

Saturday 4 February 2012:

Yoan Pablo Hernandez v Steve Cunnigham
Frankfurt, Germany
12 rounds cruiserweight for Hernandez’s IBF title

Enad Licina v Alexander Alekseev
Frankfurt, Germany
12 rounds cruiserweight for vacant European title

Eduard Gutknecht v Vyacheslav Uzelkov
Frankfurt, Germany
12 rounds light heavyweight for vacant European title

Mateusz Masternak v Michael Simms
Frankfurt, Germany
8 rounds cruiserweight

Scott Quigg v Jamie Arthur
Bolton, England
12 rounds super bantamweight for Quigg’s British title

Rendall Munroe v Jose Saez
Bolton, England
8 rounds super bantamweight

Joe Hanks v Rafael Pedro
Albany, USA
10 rounds heavyweight

Ronny Rios v Jeremy McLaurin
Anaheim, USA
8 super bantemweight

Chazz Witherspoon v Evans Quinn
Atlantic City, USA
10 rounds heavyweight

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr v Marco Antonio Rubio
San Antonio, USA
12 rounds middleweight for Chavez Jr’s WBC title

Nonito Donaire v Wilfredo Vazquez Jr
San Antonio, USA
12 rounds super bantamweight for vacant WBO title

Vanes Martirosyan v Troy Lowry
San Antonio, USA
12 rounds light middleweight


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