TV Fights & Boxing Predictions: Sept. 30 & Oct. 1, 2010
By Brian Gorman, Doghouse Boxing (Oct 1, 2010) Doghouse Boxing  
Thursday, September 30 in Los Angeles (FSN and Jesse Vargas (11-0, 6 KOs) vs. Pablo Sarmiento (34-13-2, 16 KOs), welterweights (147 lb.)

Prediction: Vargas by TKO

In the featured bout of Golden Boy's "Fight Night Club," a showcase for their prospects, Vargas faces veteran Sarmiento, who will probably play the gatekeeping role. Sarmiento has only been stopped four times in almost 50 bouts, but that many bouts and the fact that he's fighting an up-and-comer about half his age make you question whether he can last eight rounds with Vargas, who's stopped 4 of his last 5.

Anthony Martinez (5-0, 4 KOs) vs. Ronnie Peterson (3-3, 3 KOs), welterweights (147 lb.)

Martinez by KO.In twelve pro bouts, these two have only gone the distance a combined total of once (Martinez in his last fight, against Christian Favela, who has only been stopped once in 60 times in the ring). Peterson's been stopped in his last three fights.

Jamie Kavanagh (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Ricardo Malfavon (0-2), welterweights (147 lb.)

Kavanagh by TKO.

The one good thing you can say about Malfavon as a fighter, in addition to his name, is that he actually made it to the second round against Frankie Gomez, who's a killer. His crew should have the ice packs ready in the locker room.

Friday, October 1 in Santa Ynez, CA (Showtime):Patrick Lopez (20-2, 12 KOs) vs. Tim Coleman (17-1-1, 4 KOs), junior welterweights (140 lb.)

Lopez by decision.Gotta go with the hot hand(s) here - Lopez has won five straight, including a very impressive stoppage of then-undefeated Prenice Brewer in his last bout. On the other hand, Coleman took a very controversial decision in his last one from Mike Arnaoutis, a former contender who hasn't looked good in a couple years, during which time he's lost three other fights. That was in December, and he hasn't fought since.

Archie Ray Marquez (10-0, 7 KOs) vs. Juan Santiago (13-4-1, 8 KOs), lightweights (135 lb.)

Marquez by decision.Don't sleep on Santiago here. He's faced decent competition, and Marquez hasn't really fought anyone yet. Earlier this year, Santiago gave the arguably-underachieving but undefeated Vernon Paris everything he could handle. Marquez had better be well-trained for this one.

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