by Jeremy "Fasttalker" Bjornberg
No surprises this weekend as Marco Antonio Barrera detonated the chin of African Mzonke Fana in less than 2 rounds. Doc's was right on target with our selection in this match.
This was becoming a brutal mismatch and Fana was actually lucky the fight ended on a one-punch KO rather than a slow methodical beating. Barrera and Morales must do it again for a fourth time -- there is nothing else that makes as much sense -- although Barrera may look to avenge his loss to Manny Pacquiao.
On the undercard, Fernando Montiel pounded Ivan Hernandez out with sharp combinations to regain the WBO super flyweight belt. Montiel looks a lot like a smaller Oscar De la Hoya and he is definitely a fighter to watch. The coming weekend brings nothing to get excited about for boxing, but the week after is much different. ESPN is making its first foray into boxing pay per view and they have a loaded card at Caesar's Palace on April 23.
Don't miss out on Doc's picks for this card, Doc's has won seven of its last eight boxing selections.
Calvin Brock faces Jameel Mccline in an interesting heavyweight matchup. Shane Mosley is working his way back down to welterweight with a fight against tough prospect David Estrada at 150. Lightweight titleholder Juan Diaz takes his first step up in class against live opponent Ebo Elder.
The main event is sure to have lots of fireworks as 147-pound WBO champ Antonio Margarito faces hammer fisted Kermit Cintron. ESPN has done a great job with its first foray into PPV. Every match is solid and at a price of only $29.95, it is actually a bargain compared to the usual $50 for one good fight all the major networks have been offering.
The night before, April 22, undefeated St. Paul prospect Jason Litzau will be featured. Litzau is 13-0 with all wins coming by knockout and he is working towards bigger things including an inevitable knockout against opponent Idenso Martinez.
On a final note, this week's episode of The Contender had 18-year-old Juan De La Rosa in against Tarick Salmaci. De la Rosa took the fight to the older and rusty Salmaci to get a close decision win. It looks like De la Rosa has a bright future in boxing but he has no chance of winning this competition. He has no jab and just uses a lot of pressure and wild punching which won't work against any of the final contestants. If he learns some actual boxing technique, he will be a future contender but he isn't ready for any of the veterans that are left in the competition.
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