This weekend we have notable fights on Friday and Saturday, with Shakur Stevenson defending his 130-pound belt against Robson Conceicao on Friday night, then Joe Joyce taking on Joseph Parker for the interim WBO heavyweight title from the United Kingdom on Saturday.
Those battles and three more! Who did you meet this weekend?
Scott Christ (63-29)
Robson Concecao does nothing better than Shakur Stevenson, I don’t think. Stevenson could go to a 12-round decision here, but I think he’ll be looking to do some damage, especially if he breaks the Brazilian’s spirit, dominating the first half or two-thirds of the fight and I expect him to.
So I’m going to break with Shakur. I think he’s getting to the point where he can take some more risks in a fight where he’s dominant. If I’m wrong, well, you know, whatever, man. Regardless, I see this as one sided. Stevenson TKO-10
Will Esco (73-19)
Shakur Stevenson is definitely one of the best young boxing talents in the game. His tactical style, based mostly on range and defensive prowess, doesn’t usually make for the most exciting fights to watch, but you can’t deny his effectiveness.
Robson Conceicao is a pretty decent fighter, but he doesn’t have anything special that I think will cause any real problems for Stevenson. Honestly, I expect this to be one-sided on the cards, something like 11-1. Stevenson UD-12
John Hansen (70-22)
Barring flu damage, Shakur Stevenson won this fight handily. Will the question be remotely interesting?
Shakur Stevenson is boring. If that’s inappropriate or gross, take it up with Shakur Stevenson. The man himself said he was very sorry for being bored. Since then, he has taken speculative steps in entertainment with fights against Jamel Herring and Oscar Valdez. It’s a very commendable effort, and we hope it continues.
Unfortunately, one of the biggest risks in recovery is the harmful relationships you have with people who fuel and encourage your unhealthy habits. And Robeson Conceicao vs Stevenson are like yin and yawn. Opposite forces, perfectly intertwined. Dance partners in drag.
Concecao fought against Oscar Valdez with a confusing strategy of limited engagement and obvious escape tactics. Stevenson later took control of Valdez, using his power and unable to shake or intimidate Stevenson for twelve rounds. Boxing isn’t completely rotund, but Concecao lacks Valdez’s power and aggression and at least some of his skill. It’s a recipe for tedium, and the reason why Scott and I competed to see who could squeeze the most words into the word “suck” in our wrestling podcast preview.
Shakur Stevenson is a very talented fighter, and I really want to enjoy his career. Hopefully, this is just a cheat day on his tired diet for Conceicao’s struggles, and not a full-on relapse into loneliness. Stevenson UD-12
Patrick Stumburg (75-17)
One of boxing’s saddest anecdotes is, “Man, what if he gets punched?” That’s what it says. There were so many great warriors who were just a step away from being true monsters. This is Robson Conceicao; He’s a great offensive fighter with visible and audible blood in his fists, but his lack of finishing ability puts a hard ceiling on his abilities.
This is especially clear here. While aggressiveness is the best way to counter Stevenson, Concecao doesn’t hit hard enough to prevent Stevenson from taking advantage of the openings he throws. If Concecao wants to win, Stevenson will have to hesitate to counter and be too hurt to move properly, and I’m not sure the latter can do that. He may find some early success on the front foot, but if Stevenson gets his timing right and gets his hands really quick, it could be a rush for Concecao. However, I expect him to have slightly more success than Oscar Valdez on the strength of his pedigree alone. Stevenson UD-12
Scott Christ (63-29)
Part of me wants to pick Parker here, and as far as any “competition” with this thing, I’m out of the running, mostly, “Part of me wants to pick ___ here.” ” And then I do it, and no!
Anyway, I’m going with Parker here. I think the smart money is on Joyce’s strength and breaking Parker down in the later rounds, either by getting a late stoppage to eliminate Parker and put him on the cards. But Joyce is also hard hitting and clean and Parker is a better boxer than Bryant Jennings, today’s Carlos Takam (still tough, mind you) or Christian Hammer. But I think Parker has to respond, but I don’t know if he’s going to be able to respond when he’s under pressure, when he’s on his feet and taking shots, or at least when he’s moving, because his last two fights against Derrick Chisora set him up terribly to fight anyone other than Derrick Chisora. This comes down to who’s style wins, and more than most fights. Parker UD-12
Will Esco (73-19)
In fairness, I don’t have a strong interest in who wins this fight because sometimes it can be difficult to judge what you’re getting from Joseph Parker. Joe Joyce may be limited in some areas, but he’s a tough, determined guy who, if nothing else, makes Parker work for him.
In theory I think Parker should be able to use his quick feet to keep Joyce from setting up the power, but I think Parker tends to slip into a distraction where Joyce can close the gap. I wouldn’t be surprised if this fight is a bit of a drag, but I think Joyce can make it on the card as he impresses the judges more with his striking. Joyce MD-12
John Hansen (70-22)
Joe Joyce’s win over Daniel DuBois made me appreciate him in a whole new way. One thing I didn’t remember before researching this poll, though, is that Joyce lost that fight on the cards when it stood.
Face-breaking power is a fantastic weapon for heavyweights. However, Joseph Parker, who will face Joyce on Saturday, is seven years older than Dubois, and will have more experience against top-level opposition. One of the biggest criticisms of Parker is the effort to pass/fail instead of trying to really shine, and it probably helps the chances here. He’s been handed cards and decisions against big hitters, and he’s the first man to go the distance with Anthony Joshua to finish Joshua’s 20 fights and start 20 knockouts.
Lots of reasons to second-guess my first instinct to definitely pick Joe Joyce. Fights like these make me happy that these predictions are strictly for entertainment purposes, and don’t force us to pay any real spending money. I’m going to flip with the big boy, still giving Parker his survivability. Joyce UD-12
Patrick Stumburg (75-17)
A fully dialed-in Joseph Parker runs circles around Joe Joyce. “The Juggernaut” is the slowest man in the universe; He’s a serious bag full of saws who wants to be a real boy. The ghost of Vangelis follows him around and beats his tune every time he crosses the road. His fights can be recorded at 10 fps. Every time the brain asks for a punch, the request must be submitted in triplicate and reviewed by two senior managers. He is the only living creature with 1200 ping. His 1-2s have commercial breaks in between. You are ticketed for using the left lane of the crosswalk. It floats like a Hindenburg and stabs like one.
But let’s be honest, when was the last time Parker got a call? Whether it’s a physical or mental block, the guy doesn’t seem to have the speed, technique and footwork to put together a full 12-round offense, and Joyce doesn’t need a lot of gaps to deal game-changing offense. . Also, while Joyce has an almost pathological aversion to protecting himself from right hands, Parker is the more likely of the two to hit the deck.
Parker awkwardly goes to use his head as a speed bag for a long time, but Joyce is pummeling him with jabs and crushing the midsection. A one-sided start for Parker, a late snowball for Joyce, and Joyce thanks to a crucial knockdown. Joyce SD-12
Amanda Serrano vs Sarah Mahfud
Scott: Serrano Tico-5 Will: Serrano Tico-6 John: Serrano Tico-7 Patrick: Serrano Tico-7
Hannah Rankin vs Terri Harper
Scott: Harper UD-10 Will: Harper UD-10 John: Harper UD-10 Patrick: Harper UD-10
Maxi Hughes vs Kid Galahad
Scott: Galahad UD-12 Will: Hughes SD-12 John: Hughes UD-12 Patrick: Galahad UD-12