Preview: What to expect from every fight on the SuperFly 2 card
BY KID HERSH
HBO's SuperFly 2 is upon us at The Forum tomorrow in Inglewood, California. Here is my take for each fight on the card, while keeping it punchy:
Mario Ramos (3-0, 3KO's) vs Oscar Eduardo Quezada (7-5, 4KO'S). Ramos and his team apparently sold a pile of tickets according to Tom Loeffler. What that means is he will get more looks in the future, so long as he continues winning. Ramos trains out of Bound Boxing Academy in Chula Vista California under lead trainer Juan Medina Jr who seems like a great character, upon first impressions. Might be a real prospect to watch here - 360 promotions seems to be heavily backing him.
Louisa "LuLu BangBang" Hawton (7-0, 3KO's) vs Anahi Torres (16-17, 2KO's). Ok ok her nickname everywhere is Bang Bang Lulu but I think it looks and sounds even cooler when it is swapped, so I used improv as usual. LuLu is from Australia and has a personality a mile long, even going as far as to tell HBO Vice President of sports Peter Nelson that should she do well on the card he should give more female fighters a look. I think LuLu is set up to look good tomorrow and give womens boxing a boost if she can land more interviews....yeh, i'll go ahead and get on that.
Pedro Duran (16-0-2, 13KO's) vs Enrique Tinoco (16-5-3, 12KO's). Enrique Tinoco is one of those tough guys that you cannot ever count out, but yet not count on at the same time. The proverbial "opponent" but also a decent test. Pedro Duran I do not know much about - I see a couple of puzzling draws on his record. This should be an interesting fight between a known journeyman veteran and a prospect that still needs a notable win.
Brian Viloria (38-5, 22KO's) vs Artem Dalakian (15-0, 11KO's). Talk about known vs unknown from a viewership standpoint. The way I see it is that this is a 50/50 fight. On paper Viloria should win easily with his experience but in reality he is fighting an extremely young, strong, hungry, talented fighter in Dalakian. How much does Hawaiian Punch have left in the tank after 18 years in the professional ranks? That's what will matter and I suspect Dalakian could burst onto the scene with his Vic Darchinyan style of boxing. Not many actually know what to expect out of this fight because it really "depends". Don't miss this fight streamed live on Ring TV.
Donnie Nietes (40-1-4, 22KO's) vs Juan Carlos Reveco (39-3, 19KO's). The always underrated "Ahas" has another test in front of him in the highly experienced Reveco. Or does he? Reveco, to me, seems far more shopworn than Nietes who ages like a fine wine. Nietes has not lost since 2004. Let that sink in for a minute. To sum this one up I think that Reveco is too easy to hit for the straight punching, quicker, and more accurate Nietes.
Carlos Cuadras (36-2-1, 27KO's) vs McWilliams Arroyo (16-3, 14KO's). Talk about another tough fight for Cuadras. On paper it may seem like the "bounce-back" type of fight you would expect but I am not so sure it is going to be so easy. Arroyo is a very sturdy fighter with a punch and so despite coming up in weight I don't think it plays much of a role as he looks about the same size as Cuadras. I would expect Cuadras to circle and box Arroyo, but if Arroyo can get in the pocket on Cuadras frequently like Estrada and Chocolatito did he will make it a long night, as he always comes to fight. Arroyo's father Jose says that his son is in "perfect shape" and boy did he look sharp to my eyes during the media workout.
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (43-4-1, 39KO's) vs Juan Francisco Estrada (36-2, 25KO's). I have been saying for quite some time that Estrada is a top pound for pound fighter and now I believe he will finally make it on peoples lists. It would seem to me that he can do everything Rungvisai does and most of it better. He can box, he can bang, and he is also just as tough as the Thai tough-man. I believe Estrada's elite level conditioning will play the difference in this fight if the first half is close, seeing as how Estrada is a slow starter. Rungvisai's power is always his equalizer but I don't see it playing a role on El Gallo and I actually believe that El Gallo has very underrated power in his fists that is yet to come to fruition for a few different reasons. Perhaps the Thai fighter will prove me wrong but I really don't see it as even as the betting lines have it.
Let's hear your thoughts, comments, and picks for SuperFly 2