by Jeremy "Fasttalker" Bjornberg - 02/17/2006
When Golden Boy Promotions announced that fellow Californians Fernando Vargas (26-2, 22 KOs) and Shane Mosley (41-4, 35 KOs) were squaring off on Feb. 25, it didn't exactly catch the excitement of the general boxing public. Mosley looked lackluster in both of his losses to Winky Wright and he seemingly continued the downward spiral with two decision wins over fringe contenders. Vargas has never looked the same since his KO loss to none other than Oscar De La Hoya. Besides looking bloated and slow, Vargas has had a lot of trouble making weight. This battle could be billed as the ultimate crossroads fight, but rather has been called "The Showdown."
As I have admitted before, these two fighters are quite possibly my favorite two who are still active. It comes as no surprise that I am looking forward to this battle. Mosley is definitely best at 147 and this fight will be at 154, making a size advantage for Vargas a possibility. Vargas has stunned the experts by looking lean and trim and making weight well ahead of schedule. He is only 28 and may not be as shot as he has been labeled. Shane on the other hand is 34, but he does have the advantage in speed, boxing ability and he has a much stronger chin.
Mosley's superior ability has him pegged as a -180 favorite. Despite Fernando's size and youth he is locked in right now at +158. This fight probably should be more of an even line and don't be alarmed if the odds get much closer as the fight approaches. Doc's has spent the last month analyzing this match-up and we have come up with the winning formula as always, as well as a great value. Don't miss out on this week's undisputed pick. The experts seem to be split 50-50 and everyone has a different opinion of what each fighter has left. Luckily we are able to analyze every fight with the most information available to us because this battle will cost a lot of people some serious money. I wouldn't be surprised if more money is waged on this fight than any other one this year.
The undercard isn't loaded by any means, but has a few potentially decent battles. WBO Champion Jhonny Gonzalez squares off against former pound-for-pound entrant Mark Johnson. Undefeated Heavyweight Calvin Brock will also face journeyman Zuri Lawrence in a setup to a potential title shot. Brock was close to a few big name fights but elected to be featured on a PPV to build on his value as a top contender.
This upcoming Saturday welterweight champ Antonio Margarito (32-4, 23 KOs) takes on Manuel Gomez (28-10-2, 19 KOs) in an ill-fated attempt at a PPV. Brian Viloria and Ivan Calderon will also fight in separate bouts. We are going to do a free pick on the Margarito vs. Gomez fight in which we deciphered the best possible value for everyone to enjoy.
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