The Extreme Maximus: Halloween Fightfest boxing event on Saturday, October 30, at the Wild Rose Casino & Hotel in Jefferson, Iowa. The event features several professional boxing matches, including two featuring UFC veterans.
Jeremy Horn (1-0) vs. Ryan Antle (0-2)
In the heavyweight boxing division, UFC legend Jeremy Horn competes in boxing for the second time when he takes on fellow MMA veteran Ryan Antle. Horn is 46 years old, and last year he made his pro boxing debut and picked up a TKO win over Marty Lindquist. It was an impressive performance by an older fighter who is still trying to evolve his overall game. Overall, Horn’s longevity in combat sports is pretty remarkable given the number of fights he’s had.
Horn made his MMA debut back in 1996, so he’s 25 years into his combat sports career at this point. Horn, in fact, returned to MMA last year following his win in boxing, and he picked up a head kick knockout. Horn went 92-22-5-1 during his time in MMA, so he is someone who is a winner. Although he has just 17 knockouts compared to 63 submission wins, Horn showed in his boxing match last year that he has the skills and KO power.
The 39-year-old Antle is also a respected MMA veteran, having gone 16-13 in MMA. Five of those wins came by knockout, but he also suffered another six losses by knockout. In pro boxing, however, Antle is 0-2, and one of those losses was by knockout. It does trouble me how many times that Antle has been knocked out. When you compare it to Horn, who has only been knocked out twice in 100+ fights, Horn seems to be the more durable fighter.
This should be an entertaining boxing match between MMA veterans, but I have to go with Horn. He has more combat sports experience, and he also has a better chin which I think will help lead him to victory.
Johnny Case (1-0) vs. Joseph Borys (2-1)
In the super middleweight boxing division, UFC veteran Johnny Case competes for the second time as a pro boxer when he takes on Joseph Borys. The 32-year-old Case is a longtime MMA veteran who has a 27-7-1 record in that sport. With RIZIN not holding any events due to COVID-19, Case decided to keep busy in combat sports. He made his professional boxing debut back in July, winning the fight by knockout. Case won 19 fights by knockout during his MMA career, so he certainly has heavy hands.
Unlike the other fights discussed in this article, Borys is not an MMA veteran but is a boxer. He is 2-1 as a pro boxer, so he has more experience than Case, and his wins have come by knockout. At 38 years of age, Borys is an older fighter, but he has performed reasonably well in boxing. That being said, while he scored a knockout in his last fight in September, he was knocked out back in February, which makes me worried about his durability.
Borys certainly has a chance to win this fight, but given how many knockouts Case has had in combat sports, it feels like Case should be the favorited\ to win this fight.