This weekend sees a very interesting clash of exciting super-middleweight contenders, both looking to get back in the picture for a world title shot – with both men having just come off the back of defeats in world title fights.
The pair in question are of course Anthony Dirrell and Marco Antonio Rubio.
American Dirrell, lost a close majority decision to Badou Jack back in April for his previously held WBC super middleweight title.
Mexican Rubio, is moving up from middleweight having succumb (like everyone else) to the power of GGG at the end of last year. He’s had a brief stint at 168lbs before, but would be naturally a middleweight.
The two men traditionally have always been in (for the most part) entertaining fights to watch, which bodes very well for fans this weekend.
Both combatants are also big hitters which always creates for fun fights. Between them, they have a cool 73 professional knockouts in total, so expect a few hard shots to go in this weekend.
Rubio is the more seasoned and experienced of the two and at the age of 35, has been in the ring with some quality opposition over the years, including the likes of Gennady Golovkin, Kelly Pavlik, David Lemieux and Chavez Jr.
Dirrell aged 30, is slightly less experienced and to be fair, has not fought some of the same level of opposition as Rubio, but will be hungry to bounce back from a recent narrow points defeat where he lost his world title to badou Jack (some highlights of the fight below).
The American will also enjoy a size and reach advantage, and no doubt will be gunning to close the show inside the distance – with a 76% knockout rate in his professional career to date (the exact same KO percentage as Rubio as it turns out).
Where, When and Where To Watch
Location: American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.
Date: Sunday, September 6th.
Time: Coverage starts at 4pm west Coast, 1pm East coast.
TV Info: CBS and will also be available in live stream.
It’s a fight that undeniably should serve up some action for spectators, but there’s a few things to consider when trying to call this weekend’s match up.
The fight will be in Texas it must be pointed out, so likely Rubio will have a lot of Mexican support there,which in the past has been shown to help fighters raise their game to a different level and fight ‘out of their skin’. 122lbs bantamweight world champion Carl Frampton can attest to this after his recent trip to Texas.
However, Dirrell will definitely come into this as a warm favourite. And rightly so.
He’ll be the bigger man and possibly the more hungry man, with Rubio coming into the bout after nearly a year out of the ring. Ring rust can always be a factor, at any level of the noble art.
Take into account also the fact that Rubio was conclusively stopped the last time he was in a ring and with the power Dirrell hits with, an edge can be given to the American in this department, furthermore.
Granted, it was Golovkin who Rubio was stopped by, which there is no shame in at all, but one always has to wonder what kind of impact a stoppage defeat like that will have on a prize fighter in his next contest.
Dirrell is the fresher protagonist of the two, who has not been as many grueling battles over the years like Rubio has, and it’s for that reason I think the American will pip the Mexican to the post on this particular occasion.
It should be a highly exciting fight for as long as it lasts however, and is part of an excellent overall card that will also feature bantamweight world title action.
Prediction – Anthony Dirrell by KO/TKO
(Image credit: PBC)
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