Predictions: Campbell-Funeka, Martinez-Cintron and Angulo-Rivera

The Franchise says...

Much as I was looking forward to seeing Ricardo Mayorga get pounded by rising star Alfredo Angulo this weekend, there's still some intrigue in HBO's Boxing After Dark tripleheader from Florida.

Lightweight champion and BoxingWatchers favorite Nate Campbell moves up to the main event, defending his belts against Ali Funeka. I don't know much about the South African, but Campbell broke him down for MaxBoxing's Steve Kim this way: tall and rangy but straightforward.

Style questions aside, Campbell's biggest obstacle could be inside his own head. He hasn't fought in almost a year, but his 2008 did include getting married, declaring bankruptcy and having his fight with Joan Guzman fall apart at the absolute last minute.

Nate says he's raring to go, so maybe he'll use the distractions as motivation a la Shane Mosley. I think he will, so I like Campbell to win by unanimous decision.

Before the main event is a 154-pound scrap between two men whose only career losses have come at the hands of the recently suspended Antonio Margarito. For Argentinian southpaw Sergio Martinez, the loss came back in 2000, which may as well have been a lifetime ago.

Kermit Cintron fell twice to Margarito, most recently to a devastating body shot last April. But now that there's at least a chance that the punch was aided by the loaded glove wraps that got the Tijuana Tornado suspended, Cintron has to be holding his head a little higher.

There are plenty of reasons to pick Martinez, including his 44-1-1 record and Cintron having to step up from his usual 147. I just can't shake the feeling that The Killer is a little bit of a different animal than most of the guys Martinez has tangled with over the last couple years, so I'll stick my neck out and pick the upset with a late-round Cintron KO.

And Angulo? He's on his third different opponent after Mayorga and Danny Perez apparently both decided it wasn't worth what they were being offered to become Perro's latest victim. It might take him a while to whittle down tough veteran Cosme Rivera - who's only been stopped once in 45 career fights - but Angulo is coming away with another knockout and continuing his ascent.

UPDATE: Viewers of Friday Night Fights found out that Campbell failed to make weight for his fight, coming in over the 135-pound limit twice. All three sanctioning bodies have stripped him of their belts, though the fight is still going forward and Funeka can claim the IBF and WBO straps if he wins.

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