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Raul Martinez v. Rodrigo Guerrero
Those who don't have HBO but do have Fox Sports Net have a decent alternative this weekend for live boxing, as a couple of top ten super flyweights fight an IBF eliminator in Thackerville, Oklahoma. San Antonio's Martinez (27-1, 16 KO) has quietly become one of the top 115-pounders in the world, in part because some have left the ranks and in part because he keeps winning. His only loss came in 2009 to Nonito Donaire (TKO-4) and he's lacking a signature win, but he looks like he has the goods. Guerrero (14-2-1, 9 KO) took a horrendous beating in a mismatch against Vic Darchinyan earlier this year on Showtime, but showed a solid chin and a lot of resolve staying in for 12 rounds in a fight that probably should have been stopped (oh no, I said it) at some point. Guerrero came back from that loss to defeat Federico Catubay in Mexico. I'm going with Martinez, and I think it might wind up being surprisingly easy. Martinez isn't Darchinyan, but Guerrero wasn't even close to Darchinyan's level. Guerrero does have wins over current titlist Juan Alberto Rosas and longtime contender Luis Concepcion, however. But I like Martinez, so I'm going with him. Scientific, no? Martinez UD-12
Our friend Corey Erdman recently interviewed Martinez, too.
Ruslan Chagaev v. Travis Walker
Chagaev (26-1-1, 17 KO) didn't look too hot against Kali Meehan earlier this year, but then Chagaev hasn't looked too hot since about 2006. Truth is he ain't that hot, but he remains a top ten heavyweight. Walker (34-5-1, 28 KO) has been stopped in all five of his losses and has been known to put on a show, notably in his three-round war with Cristobal Arreola. Mostly though he's just become a globetrotting punching bag since then, going 6-3 with six wins over terrible competition and losing by KO/TKO to Manuel Quezada (KO-1), Johnathon Banks (TKO-6) and Alex Leapai (TKO-4). Chagaev shouldn't have much problem with him, and it would kind of surprise me if Ruslan isn't David Haye's next challenger. The win over Meehan was an eliminator for Haye's belt, hilariously enough. Chagaev TKO-3
Prizefighter Super Featherweights
Fun lineup this time, and as usual with Prizefighter shows we'll be here with live coverage. It's just a different sort of atmosphere and concept that makes things entertaining almost every time out. Smart money, to me, seems to be on Gary Sykes, so I'll take him, but I'm not much concerned about who wins.
Robert Stieglitz v. Enrique Ornelas
Ornelas isn't all that good, but then neither is Stieglitz, who despite his title could be argued out of the top ten at 168. Stieglitz wants nothing to do with Lucian Bute despite a big-money offer earlier this year to unify titles with the Montreal-based Romanian, and he's basically trying to sit on his title and milk it at the same time. I don't know that I truly believe this (sometimes I have a hard time telling), but I'm going with Ornelas in this one. He's a hard-working, solid fighter, every bit as good as Stieglitz is, probably, and despite that he's on the infamous road in Germany against a titleholder, I think he's going to win this fight. I'd rather call Ornelas a titlist than Stieglitz, and I know for sure Ornelas would take a fight with Bute if he had the chance. Ornelas TKO-11