Jesus Cuellar vs Ruben Tamayo Preview Dec 20th
Jesus Cuellar of Argentina will attempt to defend his interim WBA Featherweight Title this Saturday, December 20th when he takes on Ruben Tamayo of Mexico at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington. The 27-year-old Cuellar enters the ring with a fine record of 25-1 with 19 Kos while Tamayo has a mark of 25-4-4 along with 17 Kos to his name. The 12-round bout can be seen in the U.S. live on Showtime Extra.
Cuellar is hoping to become a fulltime world champion and is aiming at some big-money paydays against the best fighters in the featherweight division such as WBA boss Nicholas Walters of Jamaica. However, he will have to get past fellow southpaw Tamayo first. Cuellar isn’t too well known outside of South America and this will be a great opportunity for him to impress North American fans. He has better-than-average power in his fists and also has a fan-friendly style.
Cuellar, who is trained by Robert Garcia, turned pro in 2008 and has beaten the likes of Rico Ramos and Juan Manuel Lopez via a second-round stoppage in September. His only loss came back in 2011 when Oscar Escandon stopped him in the seventh round. Tamayo turned pro in 2007 and has been beaten by Jesus Ruiz, Jesus Navarro, Cesar Lopez, and Genaro Camargo. His four draws have come against Rugelio Jun Doliguez, Jesus Ruiz, Jesus Badillo and Francisco Navarro. When it comes to pro experience by rounds, Cuellar has under his belt and Tamayo has gone 156. However, most of Tamayo’s bouts have been eight-rounders.
Tamayo also has pretty good power, but he hasn’t fought anybody in the upper echelon of the division. His chin is quite questionable since he’s been stopped three times and that could prove to be the difference in this fight. Cuellar has the better boxing skills, including footwork, and he also has more power than Tamayo. This doesn’t really bode well for the challenger’s chances here and he’s going to have to come up with the fight of his life if he hopes to upset the up-and-coming Cuellar.
At this stage of their careers it looks like Tamayo has more or less been handpicked as an opponent for the interim champ. Cuellar is expected to win this fight by a spectacular knockout on American TV to gain exposure with fans outside of Argentina, much like Lucas Matthysse has done. The plan should work as Cuellar will likely be able to stop Tamayo anytime after the opening bell rings.
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