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Fightwriter: Guerrero-Nicklow

By Graham Houston

Showtime winds up an excellent year of fights on Friday with a three-fight card on ShoBox, headed by unbeaten middleweight Fernando Guerrero in a 10-rounder against an old amateur rival from Maryland, Jessie Nicklow. It seems they met five times in the amateurs, with Nicklow winning twice. Guerrero is one of those fun-to-watch fighters. A southpaw with an aggressive style, he has been meeting a tougher calibre of opposition in the past year, getting off the floor to beat Gabriel Rosado and, in his last fight, scraping through on a majority decision against the durable Ossie Duran (one round on one card from being a draw).

The setting of Hinckley, MN, is a neutral site for what should be a crowd-pleasing battle although I would imagine that the atmosphere would have been boisterous had the fight taken place in the Baltimore area, with supporters of both men able to be in attendance.

Nicklow has a good record (one loss in 22 bouts) but he is winless in his last two appearances, losing on points to George Rivera (whom he had previously beaten) and then boxing a draw with the 35-year-old southpaw John Mackey in his last fight. He hasn’t been too active, either: on Friday he will be having only his second bout in 13 months.

I haven’t had the chance to see Nicklow, but as he fought almost even-steven with Guerrero in the amateurs he should be able to put up a competitive fight. Their pro records indicate that the gulf in class has widened between the two boxers, though, and Guerrero should win, probably by decision.


Graham’s odds: Porter -400; Patterson +250
Over 7.5 -150; under 7.5 +135

Two unbeaten welterweights meet in an eight-rounder but Porter has the look of a fighter going places. I have heard good things about him from people whose opinions I value, and I expect him to win in good style on Friday.


Graham’s Odds: Lane +115, El Harrack -135
Over 7.5 -160; under 7.5 +140

I haven’t delved too deeply into this one. Again, we have two undefeated welters meeting in an eight-round bout. Philadelphian Lane has been a 147-pounder his whole career, the Moroccan El Harrack started off as a junior welter and his weight was listed as 157 pounds for his last fight. I haven’t seen either fighter but my suspicion is that El Harrack might be the one with the greater upside.


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