TV Fights & Boxing Predictions: October 28-30, 2010
By Brian Gorman, Doghouse Boxing (Oct 28, 2010) Doghouse Boxing
Thursday, October 28 in Los Angeles ( Gary Russell, Jr. (12-0, 9 KOs) vs. Guadalupe De Leon (8-11, 4 KOs), featherweights (126 lb.)

Prediction: Russell by TKO

Critics of boxing's current state of affairs sometimes point to the exaggeration of the importance of one loss to a fighter, because a solitary "L" can unjustifiably cause great damage to a boxer's reputation and status. On the flip side, though, a positive for today's boxers is that one good win can carry a fighter's career for a few years. It happened for Breidis Prescott and Bryan Vera, and to a lesser extent it's happening to De Leon, who decisioned then-undefeated prospect Derrick Wilson last year. However, Wilson's no Russell, the former 2008 Olympian who's stopped his last eight and seems to improve each bout.. Russell should just be too good and fast for De Leon.

Fidel Maldanado, Jr. (4-0, 4 KOs) vs. John Willoughby (2-5, 1 KO), lightweights (135 lb.)
Maldanado by KO

New Mexico's 19 year old Maldano's longest bout so far lasted 2 minutes, 3 seconds. Can Willoughby hang in for twelve minutes? Doubtful.

Trevor McCumby and Sharieff Hayes will each debut against each other in the opener.

Friday, October 29 in Montreal (
David Lemieux (23-0, 22 KOs) vs. Hector Camacho, Jr. (52-3-1, 28 KOs), middleweights (160 lb.)
Lemieux by decision

Lemieux is one of the most exciting young boxers and knockout artists in the world and could become a future star outside of Canada, and as he showed against Elvin Ayala, he's a heck of a finisher. But Camacho's only been stopped once, and he'll probably be content to go the distance without putting himself in enough of harm's way to get stopped. is turning into a very good online resource for B-level bouts.

Friday, October 29 in Butler, Pa. (
Brian Minto (34-4, 21 KOs) vs. Pierre Karam (18-3-1, 6 KOs), cruiserweights (200 lb.)
Minto by KO

Australia's Karam is a skilled boxer who had mild success as a middleweight and light heavyweight through 2004. He was then out of pro boxing for 5 years before returning with a win. Now, he'll come to Minto's hometown to try to knock him off. Minto (PICTURED ABOVE)  had won 7 in a row before getting stopped for the first two times, in December against Chris Arreola and in May against WBO cruiserweight titlist Marco Huck in Germany. Minto's looking to make another run at a shot at cruiserweight, hoping to use Karam as a springboard back into contention. He should be too strong and hit too hard for Karam to handle over 10 rounds.

Saturday, October 30 in Atlantic City (
Jorge Diaz (14-0, 9 KOs) vs. Emmanueal Lucero (24-5-1, 14 KOs), featherweights (126 lb.)
Diaz by TKO

Diaz, who owns impressive wins over Cuban Olympic Gold medalist Yan Barthelemy and then-undefeated Alejandro Lopez, is an exciting 23 year old prospect. Lucero's only losses have been quality ones, including to Manny Pacquiao, Daniel Ponce de Leon, Rocky Juarez and Jason Litzau. But all of those mentioned have KO'd Lucero. He should at a minimum provide a worthy litmus test for New Jersey's Diaz.

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