TV Fights & Boxing Predictions: January 14, 2011
By Brian Gorman, Doghouse Boxing (Jan 14, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
Friday, January 14 in Key West, Fla. (ESPN 2):

Peter Manfredo, Jr. (36-6, 20 KOs) vs. Daniel Edouard (23-3-2, 13 KOs), super middleweights (168 lb.)

Prediction: Manfredo by decision

The rap against Manfredo is that, though he beats most if not all B and C level competition, he loses against the elite.... Or you could say that, though he's not an elite fighter, Manfredo deserves praise for consistently beating those at or below his level. The same things can possibly be said about his opponent Edouard, who's generally thought a notch below Manfredo.

It says here thought that he's good and tough enough to make things interesting and give Manfredo trouble in spots. Manfredo has some underrated albeit inconsistent skills, including combination punching, that should carry him to a hard-earned but deserved decision when he finds that neither he nor Edouard can hurt each other.

Edwin Rodriguez (17-0, 13 KOs) vs. Aaron Pryor, Jr. (15-2, 11 KOs), super middleweights (168 lb.)

Rodriguez by TKO

The most interesting pairing on this card matches two-time national amateur champion Rodriguez versus the legendary "Hawk's" namesake, who shares neither his prodigiousness nor his modest height. At 6'4", Pryor makes for a towering super middleweight, and he earned a career-best win in November against Philadelphia's tough Dyah Davis.

Pryor, with some limited amateur success and two losses to mediocre opposition, just doesn't seem to possess Rodriguez's package of skill and power. Rodriguez has stopped eight of his last nine over the past two years, the lone decision over durable veteran Darnell Boone. Of his 13 stoppages though, only two have come in the opening round and 11 have been TKOs, meaning that he breaks his opponents down rather than stop them with one punch power. If Pryor mixes it up to any extent, the same will happen to him.

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