All the attention is on the next installment of the Super Six 168-pound tournament, but there also a few good fights in the lower ranks from the southern end of Mexico. In Chiapas, Edgar Sosa, the 108-pound titlist who looks by turns very vulnerable and all-but-invinceable, squares off against Rodel Mayol, an awkward challenger who gave wizard Iván Calderón a pair of really tough fights earlier this year. I think Calderón's troubles have more to do with his advancing years and a bad style matchup than Mayol's abilities, and I see Sosa getting him out of there much more easily: late-round KO for the Mexican champ.
In Mérida, another Mexican 108-pound champ, Giovanni Segura, climbs between the ropes to face off against another Filipino challenger, Sonny Boy Jaro. Like Sosa, I see Segura having an entertaining and ultimately successful defense, ending in a later-round KO. On the undercard, I like yet another Mexican 108-pound titlist (albeit a former belt-holder), Ulises Solis, to find success in his leap up to 112 pounds, with a decision win over very faded former title challenger Gilberto Keb Bass.
Elsewhere, I like the Filipino rising star Marvin Sonsona to take care of business in Ontario with a knockout of the never-before-stopped Alejandro Hernández.
And in the Super Six, I think Kessler leaves Oakland with an impressive decision over Andre Ward, which would be a solid win against a really tricky opponent on his home turf. The Americans, 0-3 with the Ward loss, will need to step up in the second round of the Super Six.
Gancho is 84 up, 28 down on the year.