Saturday, August 20, 2005

Vargas-Castillejo Prediction

At 37, the former WBC titlist Javier Castillejo is engaging in his last hurrah. In virtually every department Fernando Vargas is better that Castillejo was at his peak. It is certainly the case that with a seven fight win streak Castillejo has rebuilt some confidence since being essentially shutout by Oscar De La Hoya. But, each of those wins came against nominal opposition at home in Spain. The central difference in this fight is that Vargas is faster, punches much harder, and even boxes better than Castillejo.

Other than that …

Vargas is simply a fighter in a different class than Castillejo, who is no doubt a skilled and able journeyman. Vargas will out-punch and outwork his Spanish opponent throughout and, in the end, overwhelm him. Vargas by KO in 8.


Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

I agree JE with your assessment and prediction here JE.I expect Javier to be game,but ultimately 'finish second'...:-)

12:50 PM  

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