Saturday, 18 August 2012
18/08/2012 An Incredible Month ahead....
Saturday, August 25 -- at Berlin, Germany
WBO super middleweight title: Robert Stieglitz vs. Arthur Abraham
Both men looking to make a statement here in this division, Abraham seems to have found his feet again after his loss to Britain's Carl Froch and with a win in the bag goes into this fight looking good. Stieglitz has had to put up with his name going under the raider for a while, but now gets the chance to really put on a show and gain an impressive win over one of the Super middles top opponents. A win here could see either one of these men step in the ring for another World title, most likely against Carl Froch who will now be the man to beat if Andre Ward stays competing with the Light Heavyweights. I have Stieglitz winning this fight over 12 rounds, i can not see a very entertaining fight here but it will be long and brutal.
Saturday, Sept. 1 -- at Oberhausen, Germany
WBA/IBF middleweight titles: Felix Sturm vs. Daniel Geale
Unfortunately i cant see anything but a Sturm win here and it ultimately boils down to him fighting again in Germany. I hate to say it because it should have no place in the sport but decisions do seem to sway towards Strum when he fights here. Luckily for the sake of Boxing i don't feel that this will be close enough for there to be any dubious decisions and i feel that Strum offers a little too much for Geale who goes into this fight with a little less experience. I don't doubt that the Australian can cause a few problems for Sturm, but this will be a very tough test for him, especially when he is not only fighting against the man in the ring, but the men surrounding the ring as well.
Saturday, Sept. 8 -- at Moscow, Ukraine (HBO)
WBC heavyweight title: Vitali Klitschko vs. Manuel Charr
Any takers on a Charr win here?.......my thoughts exactly, this unfortunately might be the last we see of the big Ukrainian and it seems that he is happy to go out on a minor pay day. One half of the most dominant brothers currently competing in the sport, now looking to change his career path completely and go into the world of politics. Many of us wanted to see David Haye's name headlining this event alongside Klitschko but it wasn't meant to be. Rumours have it that we may see it in 2013 but i wouldn't hold out for it. The Knockout king will no doubt prove his power again here and i believe pick up a very easy and early win.
Saturday, Sept. 8 -- at Oakland, CA (HBO)
WBC/WBA super middleweight title: Andre Ward vs. Chad Dawson
An encounter i am very much looking forward to, after dominating the Super Middleweight division Ward was left with no option but to try his skills elsewhere, and where else but the division that sits above him. Dawson recently picked up a solid win over legend Bernard Hopkins and after getting that demon of his back will want to move on and further his career in the ring. Ward has not stepped foot inside the ring since defeating Carl Froch in December 2011, will this affect him, probably not. A classy fighter who one day will no doubt be amongst the best P4P fighters around, Ward surely comes in the favourite here, both men have no problems when going the distance but Dawson will probably be more favoured if the fight goes this far, but i cant help but feel Ward will work himself into a great position by out scoring Dawson through the early stages of the fight.
Saturday, Sept. 15 -- at Las Vegas, NV (Showtime)
WBC light middleweight title: Saul Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez
Does this match up to the Pay per view headlines we were all promised...no it doesn't, but that's to no fault of either of these men. It was a day that the young Mexican was to come up against his toughest opponent yet in Paul Williams. Sadly Williams was involved in a horrific crash that has left him unable to walk and will most defiantly never fight again. Attention was then turned to Victor Ortiz, who was favourite when going up against Josesito Lopez. What no one saw coming was Ortiz yet again refusing to come out of the corner mid-fight this time because of a broken jaw. This left Lopez the favourite to step in the ring with 'Canelo'. If Lopez can replicate his round by round ability against Ortiz then he will be very much in this fight, but Alvarez will always be the favourite and the Young gun that seems to have the world at his feet right now. The Mexican can not put a foot wrong and i believe will continue to impress, Floyd Mayweather will soon be in his sights.
Saturday, Sept. 15 -- at Las Vegas, NV(HBO-PPV)
WBC middleweight title: Sergio Martinez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
This promises to be one of the fights of the year, and will leave me trying to guess the outcome right until the final bell. Both men coming off great wins, Martinez currently ranked 3rd best P4P boxer in the world broke down Matthew Maklin round by round and the son of legend Ceasr Chavez, picked apart Andy Lee with ease. It s a true test of Strength, Power, Speed and age will play a big factor here. Is Chavez literally punching above his weight here? Is Martinez too slow for the young Mexican? Who holds the most power? The Argentinian 49-2-2 fighter has seen it all and will soon be looking to step aside but not without proving he is the best around, a win for Chavez will surely set up a mouth watering encounter with fellow countryman Canelo Alvarez.