Showtime boxing 12/10 preview

December 8, 2016

By CJ Russell

The title fights of Jesus Cuellar vs Abner Mares and Jermall Charlo vs Julian Williams on Showtime are probably the best two matchups taking place this coming Saturday.  There are bigger names like Anthony Joshua and Terence Crawford in action, but these two fights have big significance in their respective weight classes.  Below is our preview!

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Cuellar vs Mares

Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO’s) will be defending his WBA featherweight (regular) title against Abner Mares.  The Argentinian Cuellar hasn’t beaten anyone of note at this point and had only fought outside of Argentina once before 2013.  Despite being unproven, Cuellar is thought to be one of the more promising talents in the division, and Mares will certainly be his biggest test.  Cuellar is 29 so the time is now.

Mares, on the other hand, was a proven commodity, but the question is whether or not his best days are behind him.  Since being KO’d by Johnny Gonzalez in the first round of their bout in 2013, Mares beat three mediocre opponents. He then fought hard but lost convincingly by decision to Leo Santa Cruz last year.  Mares hasn’t fought since then, and although he is only 31 his career seems a bit stalled.  A win against Cuellar would show that he is still a big contender in the division.

The other thing about Mares could be that he just isn’t the same guy at featherweight as he was at 122 and 118.  He  moved to featherweight in 2013 where he beat Daniel Ponce de Leon to win the WBC strap, but immediately after that was the loss to Gonzalez.  It will be interesting to see how he looks against Cuellar.  The featherweight division is loaded, and what these guys do this weekend will have big repercussions in the 126lb weight class.

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Charlo vs Williams

The other fight, which is technically not the main event, is maybe the most interesting fight of the busy day of boxing.  Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18KO’s) is only 26 but already has a big win against Austin Trout on his record.  Charlo is a smart boxer-puncher with great power, and figures to be a candidate to move up in weight class soonc as he looks pretty big when compared to others at junior middleweight.  If Charlo continues to win, he could be getting into some really significant fights soon.  He is easily confused with his identical twin brother Jermell, who fights in the same weight class.

The challenger for Charlo’s IBF strap is Philadelphia native Julian Williams.  Williams’ success is quite the feel-good story, as he was homeless growing up.  I highly recommend reading this article on him.  As far as his boxing goes, he is 22-0-1 with 14 KO’s and is a pretty entertaining fighter, but he is very unproven and hasn’t faced anyone of note.  It will be very interesting to see how he does against a guy with the skills of Charlo.  This fight is really important in determining the pecking order in the crowded and talented 154 pound division.

The broadcast for these two fights starts at 10PM on Showtime!  Don’t miss out!