TV Fights & Boxing Predictions: September 4, 2010
By Brian Gorman, Doghouse Boxing (Sept 4, 2010) Doghouse Boxing  
Saturday, September 4 in Germany ( WBA Champ Felix Sturm (33-2-1, 14 KOs) vs. Giovanni Lorenzo (29-2, 21 KOs), middleweights (160 lb.)

Prediction: Sturm by decision.

Sometimes it's better to be an undeserving, second-tier contender; Giovanni Lorenzo will get his second trip to Germany for a title challenge because of it. Sturm, once a well-respected ring technician who six years ago gave Oscar De La Hoya fits in a controversial decision loss, doesn't even consider challenging himself at this point in his career, avoiding meaningful bouts against the likes of Arthur Abraham, Kelly Pavlik and Sergio Martinez. With almost ten years of ring experience and refined skills, most notably a solid jab, he should pound out a fairly comfortable decision over the Dominican, who appears to be the perfect opponent for a titlist's hometown celebration.

Saturday, September 4 in Mexico (Fox Sports Net/Espanol):

Jorge Solis (39-2-2, 28 KOs) vs. Francisco Cordero (23-0, 15 KOs), junior lightweights (130 lb.)

Prediction: Solis by TKO.

Cordero's impressive-looking resume consists of only three victories over opponents with winning records, and he's boxed only about one-third of the rounds of old Mexican war horse. Solis has fared well against solid competition, and his only losses include a controversial, foul-filled title challenge to Cristobal Cruz and a KO at the hands of one of the greatest ever, Manny Pacquiao. School's in session Saturday night in Solis' Mexican hometown.

WBC Champ Omar Nino (29-3-2, 11 KOs) vs. Ronald Barrera (27-7-2, 17 KOs), junior flyweight (108 lb.)

Nino by decision.

Like Cordero, Barrera's a Colombian going into the fighting town of Guadalajara, attempting to knock off a hometown favorite, and like Cordero, odds are against him. Nino's been mixing it up with the who's who of the little guys, including wins over Rodel Mayol, Edgar Sosa and Brian Viloria (though his second win over Viloria was voided when he tested positive for a performance-ehancer). After a three-bout winless streak, Barrera received this title fight by upsetting a young,undefeated Mexican. Nino hasn't stopped an opponent in six years but has beaten everyone he's faced during that stretch, including easily avenging that period's only loss.

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