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Can Abdullah Mason's youth and agility outmatch Luis Lebron's experience in the ring?

Remember how Canelo Alvarez built his career fighting older opponents? Abdullah Mason is doing the same. He stands tall among a crop of older and more experienced fighters. The American boxer continues his quest to mold himself into a better boxer, and it seems the sky is the limit for him. Will he continue his rapid ascent when he faces Luis Lebron?

Not only the fans but also Bob Arum and Shakur Stevenson have put their chips on Mason to be a future star and are already touting him as the hottest prospect in boxing right now. So, what happens when Mason meets Lebron in the middle of the squared circle on July 6 at the Prudential Center in Newark on the Shakur Stevenson vs. Artem Harutyunyan undercard? Rest assured, there will be fireworks on offer. But who will bag a win? Will Lebron’s resurrection of his boxing career come to a halt? Before we make a call on it, let’s have a look at how both boxers stack up.

Abdullah Mason vs. Luis Lebron: Tale of the Tape

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What separates Mason from the rest, which has swayed fans and pros? He can dismantle older opponents, and that too in a splendid fashion. Would you believe the Bedford native is only 20? Despite making his debut a little over two years ago, he has already raced up to a record of 13-0. And that’s not it. 11 of those wins came through KOs, as he floored his rivals with his brutal left hooks. You add into the mix the stat of his KO ratio of 85%, and you might realize what Arum and Stevenson see in him.

In addition, the lightweight boxer has measurements of 5’9″ (175 cm) and a reach of 74.0″ (188 cm), which helps him impose his will on his foes and put on a show for the fans. As a result, he has already earned a long following due to his exciting fan-friendly style. So, he spells trouble for any fighter who stands across from him in the boxing ring. The same is true for Lebron, who at 31, has had a second splendid run at the top.

The Puerto Rican boxer has had a tumultuous career in recent years, failing to fulfill the potential and promise he exhibited in his early days. What saddened the fans was his rough patch of 3 consecutive losses, but he bounced back strongly with two KO wins in his last two fights, propelling him to a record of 20-5-1 with 13 KOs. It surely turned his fans jubilant. While the San Juan resident has only pumped up KO victories in his recent fights, he largely remains a well-balanced fighter with a KO ratio of 65%. However, it might be interesting for the fans to witness how he finds a way to negate Mason’s measurements; as he cedes ground in size advantage and stands at 5’8″ (174 cm).

Moreover, Lebron might be the heavier boxer at 140.0 lbs (63.5 kg), who has to cut down his weight to fit into the limits of 135, whereas Mason also barely makes the weight and clocked 134.6 lbs (61.1 kg) for his last fight. Will these numbers translate into how the two boxers perform?

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Prediction: What to look forward to and where the fight will be won

You have one look at Mason and you see a young, hot prospect who does everything right. He is focused, disciplined, and possesses all the tools necessary to push for a title shot a few years from now. Mason has racked up highlight-reel finishes and boasts one-punch knockout power. What’s more? He has already faced opponents of all kinds, be they boxers or punchers, with more fights under their belt. And he has excelled against them all.

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The southpaw boxer punches hard, has speed, and has timing and a faster pair of hands to overwhelm anyone who fights him. These are the traits against which Lebron has struggled in his last few fights. Lebron faces the uphill battle of overcoming the speed and power of Mason. How well he copes with these dangerous tools will decide the fate of the fight. Meanwhile, ‘Popeye’ has a solid chin and you can expect him to absorb whatever Mason throws at him. So, what happens when Mason’s power goes to waste and his not-so-polished technical attributes are put to the test? It’s an exhilarating fight with a touch-and-go result.

What do you make of this coming fight between Abdullah Mason and Luis Lebron? Who do you think will emerge victorious? Will Mason continue his winning momentum? Let us know in the comments below.