Boxing is dead? Huh? That is a phrase often thrown around with no basis or merit. If you believe Boxing is dead I have a bridge to sell you that goes from Alaska to Turkey backwards in half an hour during rush hour traffic. My advice to you is do not be a sheep. Do not let a conjunction of an every once in a while unknowledgeable boxing watchers (not fans) sway you into believing the sweet science is flat lined. “It’s Boxing Season”, but then again it always is.
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This weekend Gennady Golovkin (32-0 29 kos) the baby faced assassin will duke it out with Willie Monroe Jr. at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood California the former home of the “Showtime Lakers.” If you are familiar with old school Los Angeles boxing then you know about the Olympic Auditorium downtown and Forum boxing in Inglewood. GGG will be fighting in his fifth fight since 2014 and his second fight in slightly over 3 months. That’s old school as well. The New Yorker Willie Monroe Jr. (19-1 6 kos) is a slick southpaw that is coming off a win over Brian Vera last January. Can Monroe Jr. pull off the upset by out boxing GGG with his slight reach advantage all by staying out of harm’s way? Or, will Monroe Jr. bite the dust like 29 others have and 19 in a row becoming number 20?
“Chocolatito” is finally getting his props and exposure from HBO. All of a sudden they finally paid attention, and their execs claim to know boxing. I guess that is what happens when it feels like old men in the sales department at a major network set up fights as well. I don’t do laughing out louds but I am chuckling my butt off. Roman Gonzalez (42-0 36 kos) will take on the veteran Edgar Sosa (51-8 30 kos) for the WBC World Flyweight title on the Gennady Golovkin vs Willie Monroe Jr. undercard. Gonzalez has knocked out 8 men in a row will Sosa fall victim as well? “Chocolatito” is at the top of the sweet science hierarchy and he wants to show the world.
Cuban School!!! Erislandy Lara (20-2-2 12 kos) will get down with Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-4 16 kos) June 12th at the UIC Pavilion. Lara is back at the office after his win over Ishe Smith. With one of the most frustrating styles to solve Lara looks to put another Jr. Middleweight feather under his cap. Rodriguez is returning from a split decision draw with Joachim Alcine over a year ago last May. Before that he was stopped by Miguel Cotto in October of 2013. This is a great opportunity for Rodriguez to impress or even come away with the WBA Jr. Middleweight belt. That is going to be a daunting task.
May 29th Amir Khan (30-3 19 kos) and Chris Algieri (20-1 8 kos) meet at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York. Two technical boxers face off, but my question is how will Khan’s performance compare with that of his former sparring partner Manny Pacquiao? This will be a good barometer for Khan to use for leverage for his future fights. But, Algieri is no free meal Khan will have to take his food he’s not going to give it to him.
Nicholas Walters (25-0 21 kos) will try to axe down Miguel Marriaga (20-0 18 kos) at Madison Square Garden on June 13th. Walter’s WBA Super World Featherweight belt is up for grabs and Marriaga has some pop on his punches to try to snatch it. Walter’s is looking to stay unblemished to set up a clash with Vasyl Lomachenko sometime later this year. That is a fight that every hard core fight would like to see. Walter’s had an exciting 2014 with knockouts over Vic Darchinyan and Nonito Donaire. How much of a threat does Marriaga offer to Walters?
After a year layoff Miguel Cotto (39-4 32 kos) steps back into the ring against the Australian Daniel Geale (31-1 16 kos) June 6th at The Barclay Center for Cotto’s WBC Middleweight strap. Signing with ROC Nation Sports Miguel Cotto has Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez wanting a showdown with “Junito” ASAP. Cotto loves to fight during the week of the Puerto Rican day parade, and this year he will again try to please his fan base.
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-1-1 18 kos) will challenge Aaron Martinez (19-3-1 4 kos) at the Stub Hub Center in Carson California June 6th. Guerrero will try to get back in the winning column since losing to Keith Thurman in March. A dazzling stoppage would put Guerrero right back in the mix of the Haymon stable.
Do not forget Adrien Broner (30-1 22 kos) vs Shawn Porter (25-1-1 16 kos) June 20th in Las Vegas Nevada at the MGM Grand. This is an intriguing match that I did not see coming at all. However, I could see the winner fighting Danny Garcia and the loser possibly fighting Lamont Peterson or even throwing Robert Guerrero or Amir Khan in the mix as well. Will Shawn Porter try to bully what will be the smaller man in stature Adrien Broner like Marcos Maidana did at (147lbs)? Or, will it be Broner who will box in spots like Kell Brook did against Porter? The catch weight is 145 lbs which neither fighter is allowed to re-hydrate to over 155lbs.
Deontay Wilder (33-0 32 kos) will get a home state fight at the Bartow Arena June 13th in Birmingham Alabama vs Eric Molina (27-2 17 kos) for the WBC Heavyweight title. An hour drive from his hometown of Tuscaloosa Wilder will try for his 33rd knockout in 34 fights. Molina will try to be more than a showcase for Wilder. Molina’s biggest fight was against Chris Arreola in 2012 where he was knocked out in the first round.
June 20th Andre Ward (27-0 14 kos) will fight in the Oracle Arena in Oakland California basically in his backyard. In the opposing corner will be Paul Smith (35-5 20 kos). This fight will be at a catch weight of 172 lbs possibly transitioning Ward into the Light Heavyweight Division. His signing with ROC Nation Sports should put Ward in nontraditional outlets exposing him to more face time allowing him to develop a larger core audience. The best way to do that is with a fantastic performance. Ward has been inactive since November of 2013.
Timothy Bradley (31-1-1 12 kos) will take on Jesse Vargas (26-0 9 kos) June 27th at the Stub Hub Center in Carson California. Bradley fought to a draw with Diego Chaves in a fight that everyone thought Bradley won last December. Vargas is young and undefeated. He has a decent tool belt however, he is moving up in weight to line it up with a made man and battle tested Timothy Bradley. Neither man in known for their knockout power, but sometimes that makes for a great fight.
The “Krusher” Sergey Kovalev (27-0-1 24 kos) has a date with Nadjib Mohammedi (37-3 23 kos) on July 18th from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada. After his impressive win over Jean Pascal in March Kovalev hops right back in the ring to protect his Light Heavyweight crowns. As a pound for pound representative Kovalev seeks a duel with Adonis Stevenson, so we will see what the future beholds.
Some of these fights listed above are considered stay busy fights; nonetheless a slip up may cost you. I would not use the term stay busy but prerequisites in the ever changing landscape of the sport of boxing.
Kovalev is chasing Stevenson. Ward is chasing Golovkin. Golovkin is chasing Canelo. Canelo is chasing Cotto, and everybody is chasing Mayweather so on and so forth. Boxing will never die now run and tell that!