TV Fights & Boxing Predictions: May 27-28, 2011
By Brian Gorman, Doghouse Boxing (May 27, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
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Friday, May 27 in Reno, NV (ESPN 2): Cris Arreola (31-2, 27 KOs) vs. Kedrick Releford (22-14-2, 10 KOs), heavyweights (201+ lb.)

Prediction: Arreola by TKO

I love "Friday Night Fights," but I'm torn about this show and about Arreola.  People who gave him too hard of a time about being fat before - this is who he is, for better or worse - are now canonizing him for dropping 20 pounds.  In the Klitschko-led heavyweight universe, he's a second tier contender, and there's nothing wrong with that. 

Arreola's fun to watch.  He puts his punches together with bad intention, usually stopping his opponent.  Releford has skills and experience, and he's stayed upright in all but two of his 38 outings, but Arreola should get to him to cause a stoppage with his left uppercut, straight right combination, his left hook or his overhand right, or maybe all of the above.

It would be nice to see Arreola against co-headlining Thompson in a Klitschko loser's bracket for the right to face Philadelphia's Eddie Chambers for the IBF's #1 contender slot, but ESPN wouldn't be able to afford a bout pitting them against each other.  That's just business, so let's take what we can and enjoy one of the more fun boxers in the country in his second scrap this month.

Tony Thompson (35-2, 23 KOs) vs. Maurice Harris (24-14-2, 10 KOs), heavyweights (201 + lb.)
Prediction: Thompson by TKO

Here's why this one could get interesting.  Of course, they're heavyweights, where anything can happen due to punching power, but Harris' resume is interesting: He's been stopped ten times, yes, but he's on a four bout mini-run, including a win over Nagy Aguilera, and he owns a knockout over former WBO champ Sergei Liakhovich.

Thompson should prove too savvy and smart to fall victim to upset, though, working his right jab and straight left to soften up Harris, then getting to him in the mid to late rounds.

Saturday, May 28 in Baja California, Mexico (Fox Deportes):

Omar Chavez (25-0-1, 18 KOs)  vs. Genaro Tranzancos (22-14-1, 13 KOs), welterweights (147 lb.)
Prediction: Chavez by KO

What a waste of time.  If you're not a huge Chavez family boxing fan, you can skip this certain beating.  For all of the Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. fanfare, Omar's a pretty decent fighter too, and Tranzancos shouldn't even be licensed anymore.  He's lost nine of ten, eight by knockout, with his lone win over an 0-6 boxer.  The ref had better be ready to intervene

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