Television: 3+ (Denmark), TV 10 (Sweden), TV 3 Sport 2 (Denmark), Viasat 4 (Norway), Sport 1 (Hungary), PolSat Sport HD (Poland), Al Jazeera Sport (Middle East)
Time: 3:00PM ET / 12:00PM PT
WBA Inter-Continental middleweight title
Patrick Nielsen 19(9)-0 vs. Patrick Majewski 21(13)-1
I know Majewski is being groomed to become Denmark’s next big superstar — perhaps the hair to Mikkel Kessler’s throne — but it’s hard for me to get excited about him.
For me, he has no “it” factor. He’s not particularly quick nor all that powerful, but he is a well-studied boxer with decent fundamentals. At least he’s good enough to decisively defeat Patrick Mendy — who recently drew against well-regarded prospect Dmitry Chudinov.
In a sense, this is why I’m glad he’s taking on Majewski. I’m not going to say that Majewski is a world beater, but after seeing him retire Chris Fitzpatrick after Round 5, I’m confident that Majewski can take Nielsen into deep waters and force him to find his heart.
Majewski comes to fight. Nielsen won’t be able to win this through a paint-by-numbers routine. If he wants to be considered as a serious prospect, he’s going to need to find his “it” factor.
Prediction: Nielsen by SD.
WBC female welterweight title
WBA female welterweight title
WBO female welterweight title
Cecilia Braekhus 22(6)-0 vs. Oxandia Castillo 12(9)-0-2
This is the best fight on the bill — and it mystifies me why this is not the main event.
Braekhus should be considered the #1 pound-for-pound female boxer in the world. She’s fought in 12 title fights, winning all of them, and unifying three of the major belts. Along the way, she’s dismantled a who’s who: Mia St John, Ann Sophie Mathis, Jessica Balogun, amongst others — while also handing three undefeated fighters their first loss.
But Braekhus best achievement should be who she’s not fought. Holly Holm, elite fighter that she is, was so terrified of Braekhus that she decided to retire rather than face her.
Thankfully, Castillo has shown more chutzpah than Holm. Though only 18-years-old, she has already proved herself as the #1 light middleweight fighter in women’s boxing — and now has the wherewithal to move down in weight to face Braekhus.
Castillo’s best achievement was in her last fight. Facing off against Hanna Gabriel, Castillo blitzed Gabriel in 2 rounds — knocking her down then forcing the stoppage. In the process she won the WBO light middleweight title, setting herself up for a second title attempt at welterweight.
Is Castillo too young, too powerful, too hungry for Braekhus? Or will Braekhus’ class make the difference in this close match-up?
Prediction: Braekhus by UD.