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IVAN CALDERON vs MIGUEL TELLEZ
Some might say that when youve seen one of Ivan Calderons fights, youve seen them all, but I do not mind this in the least.
True, there is a sameness about Calderons fights. The diminutive 105-pound champion makes opponents miss, counters them, even backs them up at times, piling up points, round after round, with the right jab and the combination punching from out of his southpaw stance. If you like good, fast-paced, intelligent boxing, though, you have to love Calderon.
Calderon is not a puncher, of course (just five opponents stopped in his 25 consecutive wins) but he has certainly perfected the art of hitting and not getting hit, and his talents will once again be on display when he defends his title for the 10th time in the main event on Top Ranks pay-per-view show.
Not much is known about Calderons opponent, the Nicaraguan Miguel Tellez, but he has won his last four fights and he looks a durable sort (all five of his losses were on points and he has been the 12-round distance on five occasions). In his only two fights outside of Nicaragua, Tellez was outpointed in 12-rounders in Panama and Venezuela.
We do know that Nicaraguan boxers tend to be game, willing and sturdy: they come to fight. For instance, a lot of people thought that the little-known Evert Briceno would be blown out by Fernando Montiel in Las Vegas, but the Nicaraguan was aggressive and fiercely competitive and he had the classier Montiel under pressure in the later rounds. So I would not be too surprised if Calderon has a bit of a fight on his hands.
Even so, the 31-year-old Puerto Rican should box his way to yet another of his landslide decision wins as he peppers and perplexes his opponent for 12 rounds.