The Fistic Mystic doesn’t smoke, drink, or bet. But he’s a big fight fan and he speculates.
Tonight we have the Klitschko-Ibragimov event at MSG in NYC and locally, the Jungle Boy-Carl Daniels event at Mortorelli Gym in Superior, WI. Here are my picks:
Jungle Boy Zach Walters beats Carl Daniels by KO. Walters is a fit, young, up-and-comer who is probably better than his record indicates. Daniels lays claim to certain advantages; he is a veteran and a southpaw, but his impressive record (50-11) hides the fact that from December 2004 to March 2007 he lost seven straight fights, and only broke the losing streak by beating Fred Moore, a man who had lost four straight coming in. Walters will continue his climb into the boxing elite by knocking Daniels out.
Ibragimov beats Klitschko. I’m picking Ibragimov because he’s deceptively fast, deceptively strong, and always fit. He has an intangible advantage over Klitschko: toughness. A lot of people (including most of the “experts”) are picking Klitschko, but I think it’s a glamor pick. They don’t seem to recognize that people just look different; you can’t judge a fighter by his cover. See for yourself the cosmetic difference between the two men: