Odds of an Upset: One Round Brunson vs. Cintron Philadelphia Card Preview
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Philadelphia, PA (June 24th, 2017)– In a unique all-Philadelphia matchup main event tonight, June 24, 2017, Saturdsy, at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tyrone ‘One Round’ Brunson puts it all on the table against former IBF World Welterweight champion Kermit Cintron in the 10 round junior middleweight main event in which Cintron will either win by 10 round decision, or Brunson will knock the aging former champion out and retire him for good.
Brunson, age 32, 24-6-2 with 22 knockouts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has fought junior middleweight to light heavyweight. He began his career with 18 consecutive first round knockouts between 2005 and 2008. Brunson then lost six of his next 10 bouts against better opposition, though he won an eight round decision over Marcos Primera, the same Marcos Primera whose record includes an eight round TKO win over Curtis Stevens. Five recent Brunson opponents had a high quality combined record of 78 wins, one loss and one draw.
In his most recent three outings against fighters with a combined 38 wins, Brunson has a fourth round knockout in which he came off the canvas to win, an eight round draw, and an eight round points win.
Nicknamed ‘El Asesino’, Cintron, 39-5-3 with 30 knockouts, Reading, Pennsylvania, will turn 38 years old in October. His record is six wins and two draws since making a comeback in 2013. In his last outing in March 2017, Cintron came off the canvas in round five against 15-1 David Grayton, in a bout declared a technical draw. An accidental cut from a Grayton butt leaning in caused a cut above Cintron’s right eyelid which ended the bout as Cintron was unable to continue. Two judges had the bout 47-47 when it was stopped, causing a technical draw on the cards.
Cintron has won bouts by decision at six, eight and ten rounds in his comeback, and to defeat Brunson, Cintron will need to exercise caution and outbox Brunson. Cintron has height advantage, while Brunson has a two and a half reach advantage.
The reach advantage will be key, and Brunson will try to outwork the aging Cintron, and perhaps knockout Cintron if he gets careless. Brunson has proven to be a better technical boxer of later, and is finding himself. He hopes to catch the aging Cintron by surprise in a long draw out bout. Superior condition could enable Cintron to stop Brunson in a bout which raises many question marks. The bout is bound to be a Philadelphia thriller. For Cintron, it’s a must win to get a final world title shot at 147 or 154 pounds.
For Brunson, the bout is a chance to prove he is an improving better boxer and can play the part of spoiler. If Kermit lets Brunson get inside like he did Grayton, Kermit will fall behind on the cards. Outboxing Brunson is Kermit’s best chance. Explosive hell will probably result in this bout, and the outcome, like the matchup, is unpredictable. The vacant Pennsylvania State Junior Middleweight title is also on the table in this bout, an added treat. If behind on the cards, Brunson will swing away and go for broke, which is exactly what the hungry Philadelphia boxing fans want to see. Cintron by 10 round decision, or Brunson by knockout between rounds six and nine if Cintron’s stamina and ability faded in the second half of the bout. A cut could send the bout to the cards earlier.
Undercard Prospects Bout Predictions
Colby Madison Win 6 Joel Caudle, Heavyweights
Brandon Robinson TKO 4 Rafael Valencia, Super Middleweights
Gregory Clark Win 6 Darryl Bunting, Super Middleweights
Anthony Burgin Win 6 Victor Vazquez, Super Lightweights
Steven Ortiz Win 6 Tyrome Jones, Lightweights
Jerome Conquest Win 6 Jae Ho Kim, Lightweights
Marcus Bates Win 6 Roberto Pucheta, Featherweights
Chaise Nelson Win 4 Jordan Peters, Featherweights
Kermit Cintron 153.8 – Tyrone Brunson 153.6
Victor Vazquez 138 – Anthony Burgin 137.3
Steven Ortiz 134.1 – Tyrome Jones 135.5
Brandon Robinson 163.3 – Rafael Valencia 166.4
Daryl Bunting 164.9 – Gregory Clark 162.8
Marcus Bates 123 – Roberto Pucheta 123.1
Colby Madison 244.6 – Joel Caudle 267
1st Bell: 7:00 PM ET