What? No one wants to chat about this matchup. I can see this
as being a very interesting fight
as being a very interesting fight
HBO's late-night boxing series showcases an explosive unification bout between two top lightweight champions when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: ACELINO FREITAS VS. JUAN DIAZ is presented SATURDAY, APRIL 28 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), from the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Ct., exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Lennox Lewis will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, as well as closed-captioned for the hearing impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
HBO2 playdates: April 29 (10:15 a.m., 5:30 p.m.) and May 1 (12:15 a.m.).
Acelino Freitas (38-1, 32 KOs) from Bahia, Brazil, is an elusive boxer with devastating knockout power. No stranger to big fights, this former super featherweight champ captured his lightweight title by defeating Zahir Raheem in the April 2006 edition of BOXING AFTER DARK. Still hungry for more, Freitas hopes to unify the splintered lightweight crown in what should be a dramatic showdown.
At just 23 years old, Houston's Juan Diaz (31-0, 15 KOs) has used his aggressive, straight-ahead style to compile an impressive undefeated record, with all but one of his 31 pro wins coming by knockout or unanimous decision. Having already defended his lightweight title six times, most recently defeating Fernando Angulo by unanimous decision, the personable Diaz now looks to take a huge step forward in his pursuit of the undisputed lightweight crown in this scheduled 12-round title unification bout.
How bout a little friendly wager:dunno:Pacstraightleft said:Diaz has clearly KOed only two guys in his pro career and both were no hopers. Freitas made it lights out for more than 30. Diaz fought nobody in his career with Cotto and Suico being half decent. Freitas fought plenty of top fighters. Diaz has the pressure style with zero power. Freitas has the footwork and quick hands. Freitas takes this one.. Freitas can outbox Diaz. He's alot faster and Diaz doesn't bring anything to the table that will trouble Freitas, like big punching power. Corrales showed that Freitas doesn't take getting blasted well at all but Diaz's punches won't bother him.
Diaz has nothing to intimidate Freitas with. Once Freitas learns he can handle Diaz's best shots, he's going to unload on Diaz if he pressures Freitas. If he gets tired, he can just stick and move. Can't see that Diaz has any hope. The any hope I have for him is that his been champ for 3 years. But I don't know much about his opposition -it sounds flaky though.
With Popo's unorthodox style and if he still has that supreme knock out power he will knock baby bull silly..I got to watch more of Diaz to make a more intelligent post..but I think popo always got a punchers chance.
I think Diaz will hang in there, but be stopped mid-rounds by Freitas. Acelino has had the better competition and that will pay off, and of course it hurts Diaz that he has very little power. I like Freitas by maybe 6th or 7th round stoppage.
BTW does anyone know if BAD is showing an undercard fight and if so, who's fighting? :dunno:
Who is the favorite?smallpig758 said:I think Diaz is the better fighter at this time but i could easily be wrong on this one, that's why i think it has the makings of an interesting fight. No one is giving it as much thought with the Mayweather-Delahoya match coming up next week.