Friday 1 November 2013: Cartagena, Colombia

Santander Silgado

WBC Latino cruiserweight title
10 Rounds

Santander Silgado 24(19)-1 vs. Steve Herelius 21(12)-3-1

Silgado might still be a world level cruiserweight, but he was KOed in 4 rounds against Denis Lebedev when he tried for the WBA title.

Now Silgado is trying again to establish legitimacy as a contender. Last May, he came a long way by KOing Rodolfo De Dominicis in one round. But seeing how De Dominicis was 40-years-old and had never recorded a win against significant opposition, that win is less impressive than De Dominicis’ record indicates.

As indicated by his wins over Firat Arslan and Jean Marc Monrose, Herelius was once a world class cruiserweight. However, he’s lost his last two fights by KO against Yoan Pablo Hernandez and Dmytro Kucher. It will be interesting to see how much was taken out of Herelius by those losses.

Prediction: Silgado by KO4.

WBC Latino light heavyweight title
10 Rounds

Alejandro Berrio 33(30)-6 vs. Fulgencio Zuniga 25(22)-7-1 II

I’m not entirely sure why this fight is being made. Berrio and Zuniga have already fought, and Zuniga conclusively won by KO7.

Berrio is incredibly chinny. All 6 of his losses have been by KO. Hence, if Zuniga gets in a decent shot — which is more than possible — it’s lights out for Berrio.

His last fight against a name opponent was against Antwun Echols who was 1-5 in his last 6 fights. Previous to that, he lost by TKO11 against Lucian Bute in his lone IBF title defense.

Even so, if you were to ask me which fighter has the most momentum between Berrio and Zuniga, I’d pick Berrio. His best win remains over current WBO light heavyweight titlist Robert Stieglitz — which was the win that won him the IBF title. Though he immediately lost his title to Lucian Bute, Berrio was on a 6 fight win streak until he fought Zuniga.

Zuniga, on the other hand, looks to be on his last legs. Apart from his win over Berrio, Zuniga has lost wide decision in 3 of his last 4 fights. Even worse, he didn’t have so much of an argument in his losses against James DeGale, Thomas Oosthuizen, and Tavoris Cloud. This implies that against top opposition, Zuniga has nothing more than a puncher’s chance.

Which — fair enough — won him the first fight against Berrio. It just so happens that when an opponent has a weak chin, a puncher’s chance is more than a puncher’s chance.

Prediction: Zuniga by KO10.

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