|Doghouse Decides; Arnaoutis vs. Torres Predicitons
Compiled by Benny Henderson Jr - A.K.A "Big Dog" (Nov 19, 2006)
Tonight at the Thomas & Mack center in Las Vegas, NV live on HBO 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT two of the toughest hombres will square off for a third time when Manny Pacquiao 42-3-2 (33 KO’s) defends his WBC International Super Featherweight strap against Erick Morales 48-4 (34 KO’s) in a scheduled twelve round championship bash.
The two have faced off before in some barn burning brawls with ‘El Terrible’ taking the first go around unanimously but fell to defeat by the hand of the 'Pacman' in the tenth round January of this year. Will youth serve Pacquiao or will the savvy vet find glory once more?
Also on the show the undefeated 'Mighty' Mike Arnaoutis 17-0-2 (9 KO’s) tries to keep his record intact while winning the vacant WBO Light Welterweight strap, but standing in his way is the once beaten knock out artist Ricardo Torres 29-1 (27 KO's). Who will take the title and who will find rejection? The Doghouse decides!
I'll take Arnaoutis in a short war that finds both men on the canvas.
Mighty Mike in 5.
This under card has the makings of a show-stealer. Both combatants are young and have got lots to prove on an international showcase, and that often leads to a great contest. I think the southpaw style of Arnaoutis will be an advantage if he uses it correctly and doesn’t stand and slug too often with Torres. I like Arnaoutis by decision mainly
because I’ll always choose skill over power and I think Arnaoutis has a slight edge in skill.
Damn, I feel bad for this. I really like Mike Arnaoutis. I do. His manager Mike Michael is an absolute prince as well. You can look all you want in this sport and still be hard-pressed to find two classier cats in the sport. You might find some that are just as classy but this is boxing. Our Sport's full of good Joes.
Anyhow, Ricardo Torres is not just mean, he's stinky-mean and that isn’t good. With 27 out of his 29 victories effectuated within the distance and his one loss being an 'almost-win' against Miguel Cotto, who Torres came very close to deep-sixing in September of 2005, I see a very hungry Torres putting an end to Arnaoutis' undefeated streak with a surprise ninth-round knockout, to secure the vacant WBO junior welterweight title.
And by no means, is this an end to Arnaoutis' potential. A loss for Arnaoutis might just make him better in the long run than a win.
Arnaoutis by close UD.
This is the fight of the night. It will be exciting, while it last. I like Torres by mid round stoppage.
I'm thinking Mighty Mike outclasses the rugged and strong Torres. Torres
could land a big shot and walk away with the upset KO but I like the Greek
in this one. I like Arnaoutis by decision.
During his career "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis has faced pressure head on and always managed to come back utilizing his boxing skills to become victorious, as he was a work in progress. He is a fighter who is known for his stamina and he can punch with accuracy as well. He has never shied away from a challenge and has stayed fairly busy throughout his career. Combine this with added power and you have the formula for a fighter that is hard to beat.
On the other hand, you have Ricardo "Mochuelo" Torres who is no push over either. He did fall at the hands of Miguel Cotto last year, but if you look at his record he has knocked out 27 of his 30 opponents and his only loss was to Cotto. Granted some of his KO victories were over guys like Luis Cardozo who had a record of 1 - 15 and was starched in the first round, he still has a puncher's chance, which always exists.
I'll take "Mighty" Mike in this one. I think he is the far better boxer and he is going to systematically break Torres down throughout the fight. Torres likes to finish early and hasn't gone the distance as often as Mike has. Arnaoutis' durability and technical skills are going to win him this one by TKO victory I'm guessing. I'm not offering up a round because I'm just as curious as everyone else to see what plays out and I'm far from an "expert".
Benny Henderson Jr.
I have been covering ‘Mighty Mike’ for a few years now, he’s a good kid and from what I have seen he is a very talented fighter. To be honest I know nothing of Torres expect from what I have read, hard puncher. So all though it is a bit biased I am going to jump on the Arnaoutis bandwagon and predict that ‘Mighty Mike’ takes the W somewhere around the fifth to sixth round.
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