TV Fights & Boxing Predictions: August 26 & 28, 2010
By Brian Gorman, Doghouse Boxing (Aug 26, 2010) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © / GBP)  
Thursday, August 26 in Los Angeles ( and Fox Sports Net):

Ronny Rios (11-0, 5 KOs) vs. Leivi Brea (18-8-3, 10 KOs), junior lightweights (130 lb.)

Prediction: Rios by TKO.

When is a supposed step-up fight not really a step-up? When your opponent lost 6 in a row, then beat two opponents with a combined record of 0-21, and now is coming back after almost two years off. Don't get me wrong - Golden Boy's "Fight Night Club" is good, because it gets young, exciting prospects on the air who otherwise might not. Having said that, its competitor "Top Rank Live" produces a far superior product in terms of competitive, quality matchmaking.

Saturday, August 28 in Montreal (ESPN 2):

Omri Lowther (14-1, 10 KOs) vs. Hank Lundy (18-1-1, 10 KOs), lightweights (135 lb.)

Prediction: Lundy by decision.

If HBO Sports is disgusted by their awful matchmaking and looking for a quick fix, here's one: Fire your matchmaker and hire ESPN's, the network that has been boxing's best this year. They lose headliner David Lemieux to an injury, then Edner Cherry drops out as Lowther's opponent, and they still bring in Lundy for an intriguing show. By the end of the fight, Lowther may be wishing the "Cherry Bomb" didn't drop out. IF Lundy has his head on straight and IF he's not still affected by the John Molina 11 round TKO upset last month, and IF he isn't the victim of hometown judging, he should pull off what shouldn't really be considered an upset. He's faced superior opposition and is a quality boxer. Plus, with apologies to Dr. Margaret Goodman, in the old days a TKO 6 weeks ago didn't stop anybody from getting back in the ring, and he's from Philly. Seriously though, one hopes Lundy head's not just mentally straight but has been medically cleared.

Saturday, August 28 in Puerto Rico (Integrated Sports PPV):
WBO-Ring Champ Ivan Calderon (34-0-1, 6 KOs) vs. WBA Champ Giovanni Segura (24-1-1, 20 KOs), junior flyweight (108 lb.) unification
Prediction: Calderon by decision.

The only thing more unlikely here than a Segura win by decision is a Calderon victory by stoppage. The "Iron Boy" hasn't stopped anyone in 4 years. This is arguably the most intriguing and important pairing of 108 pounders, a classic boxer vs. brawler matchup. If it goes to the cards, Calderon should cruise. Segura's only chances are to seriously hurt the little man, and surely he knows that and will try. Will Calderon box circles around Segura or will he finally show his age of 35?

Saturday, August 28 in Atlantic City (

Chazz Witherspoon (26-2, 18 KOs) vs. Livin Castillo (16-8, 10 KOs), heavyweights (201+ lb.)
Prediction: Witherspoon by TKO..

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