It’s a big night of fights in the boxing world tonight. Israel Vasquez and Rafael Marquez rematch on Showtime and Erik Morales takes on David Diaz on HBO PPV.
For those who were born in the Southern California area Vasquez/Marquez is going to look like a fight from Olympic Auditorium in the late 70’s. Their first matchup was a great battle where Marquez took the title in a seven round slugfest. Having to rise up off the canvas to do it and in the process displacing Vasquez’ nose. Tonight I expect to see more of the same with Vasquez hanging in longer. Vasquez has a shot to win, but I don’t expect him too. I think Marquez will hang on to his title with an 11th Round TKO. It should be a great fight. Must see TV.
David Diaz vs Erik Morales should be the last stand for El Terrible. It will probably end badly for Morales. Like Arturo Gatti and the late Diego Corrales, moving up so far in weight from where he started will likely prove to be a bad idea again. While David Diaz is not a technical fighter he is a big, rough and rugged fighter with heavy hands. Unfortunately this should be the last time we see Erik Morales in the ring. He has been a great warrior but I think he is biting off more than he can chew. He was stopped by Manny Pacquiao in his last fight at 135-lbs. Now he is moving up in weight against a naturally bigger man. Look for a late round stoppage or one sided decision by David Diaz.