Sometimes, when picking out a fight to make a prediction on, many things come into play.
This week I chose the WBA title fight between Anselmo Moreno and Lorenzo Parra, taking place in Moreno’s native country, Panama. One of the things that make this fight interesting and difficult to predict is that Parra is from the neighboring country next door, Venezuela, so if there is a hometown edge here, it’s very difficult to find.
Moreno, 25, a southpaw, sports a record of 30-1 (10 KO’s) with 4 of his past 6 wins coming on split decisions. In short, he does well in close fights.
Parra, 32, 31-2-1 (18), has faced tougher foes and appears to be the better banger of the two combatants, although neither shows real knockout power.
At 5’8”, Moreno does have a significant size advantage.
So how does one break down a contest like this? Well, it’s not easy, which is why I chose this one to make the prediction on.
Based on facing tougher opponents and showing the power edge, I think this fight goes to Parra by decision, but it won’t be easy. This is a fight, and a decision that I think I would enjoy seeing.
There is also the ever-present danger of a cut stopping the bout as often happens when a conventional fighter takes on a southpaw. Head butts are common with conventional fighters taking on southpaws, particularly when there’s a significant size advantage.
I won’t talk myself out of making the tough call here. Parra by decision!
Glove 2 Glove:
A number of fine, boxing people have left us recently.
During this time period we have lost Australian welterweight Tommy Burns, 88; Willia Bessmanoff, German heavyweight, 78; Ricky Melton, heavy, 55; Felix Castillo, 51; flyweight; Anthony Jones, 28. heavyweight and Roger Williams, veteran boxing photographer.
Prayers for the souls of all of them would be much appreciated.
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Prayers for the recovery of the mother of Jacquie Richardson (Retired Boxers Assn.) and her father who is having hip replacement.
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Prayers requested for the return to health of Archie Wright, 2, who wandered into some dangerous substances.
Prayers for the complete return to good health to my old friend, promoter, and ex-wrestler Jack ‘Moe’ Smith who had complete reconstructive knee surgery a couple of weeks back. Moe’s a fighter and making a complete recovery.
Tough fighter and great competitor Scott LeDoux, who was always in shape (as I prefer to remember him). Scott has ALS and has been given less than six months to live.
Sad to report that Genaro Hernandez’ cancer has returned. We ask for your prayers to help “Chicanito” in his battle against this relentless foe.
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