CHICAGO, IL — Mike Tyson was the host at yesterday’s weigh-in for tonight’s Friday Night Fights card headlined by veterans Roberto Garcia and Norberto Gonzalez in a middleweight bout. The undercard features a mix young fighters who range from journeyman to fledgling prospects. Onto the picks…
(MAIN EVENT) ROBERTO GARCIA (33-3, 22 KOs) VS. NORBERTO GONZALEZ (20-2, 13 KOs): Some of you will recall Garcia as the fighter Antonio Margarito launched his comeback against following a year-plus suspension for attempting to use illegal wraps against Shane Mosley. Gracia was dropped early in the Margarito fight but was never in serious trouble. And he surprisingly had the rusty Tijuana Tornado fighting off the backfoot.
Since losing that bout by a wide decision, Garcia has plied his trade fighting nondescript competition. His biggest scalp came in 2012 when he defeated former fringe contender Antwone Smith via a 10-round decision.
Turning pro late at the age of 26 in 2007, Norerto Gonzalez’s career has mostly been a quiet one. The biggest name on his resume is also Antwone Smith, who beat him via an 8-round unanimous decision in 2009. After dropping a wide decision to Mark Jason Melligen in 2010, Gonzalez went into retirement until launching a comeback last February. The second fight of his return, he got off the canvas in the second round to take a 10-round decision over Michael Oliveira, dropping the “The Brazilian Rocky” in the 10th to punctuate a decisive decision win.
This isn’t exactly a middleweight contest with significant division implications, but it’s a decent all-Mexican scrap. Garcia has proven to be more aggressive and appears to take a better punch, so I like those factors being decisive in him controlling most the action down the stretch to take a unanimous decision win.
ERICKSON LUBIN (2-0, 2 KOs) VS. ROBERTO ACEVEDO (13-12, 5 KOs): Here’s an obvious showcase/resume building fight for the 19-year old Lubin, who already has another fight pending on February 22. Acevedo hasn’t scored a KO since 2007 and was on an eight fight losing streak from 2009-2010. The threat to Lubin at this stage of his young career in minimal. LUBIN TKO1
KAMIL LASZCZYK (15-0, 7 KOs) vs. DANIEL DIAZ (20-5-1, 14 KOs): The 34-year old Diaz resurrected his waning career with a split decision win over Robert Marroquin last June. Marroquin isn’t a world-beater, but he’s a solid pro who went the distance with Guillermo Rigondeaux back in 2012.
Diaz will be the first real test for Laszczyk, who has split his time between the U.S. and his native Poland. The fact that Diaz has only been stopped once and Laszczyk isn’t a big puncher means we’ll likely get a full distance fight.
Laszczyk doesn’t had a varied arsenal of punches, but he’s solid at working off the backfoot and controlling the action with his jab. Diaz likes to box himself and is capable of doing some damage with his straight right. However, his slower feet will have him struggling to find Laszczyk consistently. Laszczyk UD Diaz