Summer Boxing: Alexander-Matthysse, Klitschko-Haye, Williams-Lara, Marquez-Ramos, Klitschko-Adamek
By Alexis Aviles: Boxing in the summer is usually the slow point of the year gearing you for the more anticipated fights happening later in the fall. A year ago the most we got was Juan Diaz vs Juan Manuel Marquez in their second fight, which failed to live up to their first fight. We also had Miguel Cotto vs Yuri Foreman which saw Cotto win by body-shot KO after Foremans leg gave out a few times. Jean Pascal vs Chad Dawson in a fight that as Pascal was getting knocked out, the fight was stopped and the technical decision was given to Pascal. Those are only a few examples of the lackluster summer of 2010 in boxing we had. This year is a totally different story.
The summer kicks off with this Saturday night’s bout between Devon Alexander vs Lucas Matthysse. Two good up and coming fighters with one defeat on their records, looking to get big fights.
Just one week later the most highly anticipated Heavyweight showdown since Tyson-Lewis is happening in Hamburg, Germany on July 2nd. Wladimir Klitschko goes up against the David Haye in a title unification bout, in a true test to both combatants looking at their toughest challenges of their careers. Best part of this? It’s free to HBO subscribers! 4:45pm on the East Coast.
On July 9th, Paul Williams tries to reclaim what ever glory he has left following the brutal 2nd round KO at the hands of Sergio Martinez last November as he goes one-on-one Erislandy Lara. But the main attraction on that night is actually not on HBO, but on Showtime. Brandon Rios vs Urbano Antillon for Rios’ WBA title which is clearly the more exciting fight on the night of the 9th.
July 16th Juan Manuel Marquez has his tune-up bout Vs. Likar Ramos in Mexico to prep for his third fight against Manny Pacquiao this November.
On July 23rd, it was supposed to be Amir Khan taking on Timothy Bradley. But after supposed disputes, they could not reach a deal. So we got the next best thing, in which in my opinion is the better fight. Amir Khan vs Zab Judah is a solid fight and I personally can’t wait.
The month of July was stacked. Can’t say the same for August but there are a couple notable fights happening. Such as the August 13th Bantamweight Final where Joseph Agbeko takes on Abner Mares for Agbeko’s IBF belt.
August 27th we have the hard hitting and always exciting Marcos Maidana up against Robert Guerrero coming off his one sided victory over Michael Katsidis. You can be sure Maidana will be making his case for an Amir Khan rematch on that night.
The Summer is not over! On September 10th Vitali Klitschko will give Polish star Tomasz Adamek the opportunity of a lifetime in front of his home country Wroclaw, Poland.
Finally on September 17th, the fitting end to a great summer boxing schedule we’ll see the return of Floyd Mayweather go against hard-hitting young lefty “Vicious” Victor Ortiz coming off a Fight of the Year candidate fight against Andre Berto. Is this a possible tune-up for Mayweather for a possible fight with the Filipino superstar?
The summer is stacked! It is only a set up of what’s coming this fall and the rest of the year on what has been looking like a great year in boxing.
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