Spence vs Porter: I’ve been in the camp of people who have nothing but superlatives for Spence since the first time I watched him fight (it was either Van Heerden or that stocky guy Khan later starched in a round.) But what really made me a believer was his somewhat come from behind victory over Kell Brook. I thought he showed incredible poise and resilience in that fight, going to Kell’s back yard, not having everything go his way early, but sticking to his gameplan and hanging tough till he broke the Brit down. His body attack is truly a thing of beauty and his jab is very underrated. In my opinion, Spence shares similarities to GGG. He’s such a badass that people sometimes sleep on his pure boxing ability, something he occasionally reminds people he has in spades. (Much like GGG.)
As for Porter, you have to respect him. He’s really challenged himself and has faced almost all of the top welterweights. Personally, I don’t like his style but I admire his old school “take on all comers” attitude, and his work ethic. I don’t think he’s going to win this fight but I think he’ll make it more competitive than some expect. His swarming “football” style hustle and his great chin make him no easy night for anyone in my opinion. You don’t have super close fights with Brook, Thurman, Garcia and Ugas and then just get blown out.
Lastly I’d like to clarify my opinion on Canelo vs Kovalev. I know you feel both guys get too much hate (I’m not a fan of either of them personally but respect their skills and always tune in for their fights) and that people are pre-emptively predicting Canelo will kill him as a way of dismissing both at once. I should say that although I think Canelo will KO Kovalev that doesn’t mean it won’t be an impressive win, or that he won’t have to overcome some adversity first (Sergey’s jab won’t be easy to get past no matter how slick your head movement.) I just don’t think Kovalev will be able to eat more than a few big right hands on the button from Canelo. This has more to do with Canelo’s speed and precision than his raw power. I didn’t mean to sound dismissive; this is the theater of the unexpected after all, but I’ll be putting my money where my mouth is. I’m very much looking forward to the fight too, despite the fact I’m a somewhat salty GGG fan lol.
I’m also looking forward to Canelo vs. Kovalev, I also favor the redhead (like pretty much everybody else), but I also think it’s a very dangerous fight and the odds/media/fan favorite will have to put on one of the best performances of his career to get the “W.” Canelo is the quicker, more-complete fighter and the more versatile boxer. However, I just don’t see him as a light-heavyweight puncher. I don’t think he can get rid of Kovalev by landing “a few big right hands on the button” and even if Canelo did possess world-class 175-pound power I don’t think the Russian veteran will be easily dismissed. But we’ll see, and we’ll have plenty of time to analyze this matchup.
Benavidez vs Dirrell: this is an interesting crossroads type fight, one I expect David will win. Me too, but I am (like you) curious to see how much Dirrell’s speed, mobility and experience will trouble the young gun (who, in my opinion, is on par with Ring champ Callum Smith in terms of being the most physical threat in the 168-pound division).
He may struggle a bit early with Dirrell’s boxing (as he did with Gavril) but I just envision him over powering Dirrell at some point and hurting him with those fast and powerful combinations. It is downright SCARY the way Benavidez puts his punches together when he goes for the kill. Honestly, I wouldn’t blame any super middleweight (or the management of that super middleweight) for swerving away from Benavidez. He seems like the kind of ring force that can ruin a career with one beatdown.
David’s so young too that I expect him to look better with each fight as he continues to learn and gain experience. Tomorrow night’s title fight should be a growth experience for him. I don’t expect Dirrell to go quietly.
Spence vs Porter: I’ve been in the camp of people who have nothing but superlatives for Spence since the first time I watched him fight (it was either Van Heerden or that stocky guy Khan later starched in a round.) That would be Phil LoGreco, who took Shawn Porter the 10-round distance in 2013. He lasted three vs. Spence in 2015.
But what really made me a believer was his somewhat come from behind victory over Kell Brook. The British standout remains the only legit top-five/top-10 welterweight that Spence has fought. Porter will be the second.
His body attack is truly a thing of beauty and his jab is very underrated. Really? I think it’s one of his best punches, maybe his best.
In my opinion, Spence shares similarities to GGG. He’s such a badass that people sometimes sleep on his pure boxing ability, something he occasionally reminds people he has in spades. (Much like GGG.) I agree. I also think he’s similar to Golovkin in that he’s been avoided by most of the top welterweights just as GGG was avoided by most of the top middleweights during his prime (2011-2015).
As for Porter, you have to respect him. Yes, indeed. Since 2013, he’s faced at least six Ring-rated welterweights (including then-undefeated Keith Thurman and Brook, Danny Garcia, Devon Alexander and Paulie Malignaggi), as well as several fringe contenders (such as Adrien Broner and Julio Diaz).
Personally, I don’t like his style but I admire his old school “take on all comers” attitude, and his work ethic. Ditto. I also like his personality. He’s a very warm and genuinely positive human being outside of the ring.
I don’t think he’s going to win this fight but I think he’ll make it more competitive than some expect. Ditto. I think he might test Spence’s whiskers if he’s able to get in close.
You don’t have super close fights with Brook, Thurman, Garcia and Ugas and then just get blown out. True, but those fights expose how a world-class boxer can neutralize Porter’s “football” aggression and either outpoint him or give him fits. I think Spence can do a lot more than give Porter fits.
SPENCE NO. 6 POUND FOR POUND?
I can’t understand how can you have Errol Spence at no. 6 P4P, ahead of GGG and Estrada.
I know he passes the eye test but his resume is not as good as GGG or Estrada or Kovalev or Pacquiao. I know they are past their best, but they are High Class.
And it’s not like they fight fringe fighters. GGG going at Derevyanchenko, Kovalev scheduled to fight Alvarez and beat one recently also, along with young lion in Yarde. Pacquiao overcomes Thurman and Estrada beat Rungvisai. These are some quality names there.
Anyway, Canelo Alvarez challenging Krusher is a badass move but I don’t think he can pull it off. I don’t understand people who place lil ginger as the favorite. Canelo is to me a great fighter but one with at least three decisions he should not have gotten. But if he manages to beat Kovalev – wow, I’ll be impressed. On the record I must say that I would favor GGG against Kovalev but not Canelo (strange no?)
Joe Smith Jr. Vs Anthony Yarde
Thanks. – Luke
That’s not a Mythical Matchup, that’s a clash of light heavyweight fringe contenders that could happen. I don’t have a strong favorite in that matchup, but I know it would be entertaining. I think I might lean slightly toward Smith due to his solid chin and experience.
Bold call picking Kovalev to upset Canelo. Many fans agree with you that Canelo should have three losses on his record that aren’t there thanks to favorable judging (I only think there should one extra loss on his ledger, the first bout with GGG), but that’s why many are picking him to beat Kovalev. They don’t think the Russian can get a fair shake with the judges, and I can’t fault them for that kind of negative thinking. Kovalev has been screwed before in Vegas.