Lightweight Michael "Lefty" Brooks is scheduled to face his toughest opponent to date, undefeated prospect Karl "Dynamite" Dargan. The battle is scheduled to take place on August 3 at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut on the undercard of card televised by NBC Sports Network that includes Tomasz Adamek and Eddie Chambers in separate bouts.
Dargan (13-0, 7 KOs), who is from Philadelphia, must be considered the favorite. A decorated amateur, Dargan has boxed in three more fights for a total of 13 more rounds than has Brooks. The great trainer, Nazim Richardson, is in Dargan's corner. Featuring superior hand speed and fleetness of foot, Dargan is also three inches taller than Brooks.
But Dargan's game does feature a few flaws. Against Ramesis Gil in February, Dargan suffered a flash knockdown almost immediately after the opening bell rang. Dargan often found himself square in that bout and was susceptible to body shots.
Brooks (9-0-1, 2 KOs) is a proficient body puncher. Though he can box, Brooks prefers to come forward at his opponents. Lefty, who is three years younger than Dargan, is coming off of an injury suffered in May. Dargan has faced the slightly tougher competition of late.
For Brooks to pull off the upset, he'll need to focus on Dargan's body. Once his opponent brings his hands down, Brooks may be able to hurt Dargan with a right hook and left cross when Karl squares up. Michael will need to keep his hands active and be the aggressor. Dargan's key to success will involve negating Lefty's body attack with movement and using his faster hands to land the harder punches during exchanges.
Both men signify each other's toughest test to date. This fight is scheduled for six rounds.