Preview, schedule: Boxing action hotter than July this month

The big names are off for the summer, but stay cool boxing fans. July provides plenty of hot action. We've got your ringside rundown. Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

SAN DIEGO, July 1, 2012 – Floyd Mayweather is still in jail for the rest of July as far as anyone knows.

Manny Pacquiao is still the loser on the scorecards to Timothy Bradley.

Canelo Alvarez will be fighting someone on September 15 in Las Vegas, but no one seems to be able to figure out who it’s going to be. Stay tuned. 

But never mind all this. Fans can look forward to plenty of boxing action ahead in the month of July. Ringside Seat runs it down for you:

July 7: Wladimir Klitschko vs Tony Thompson II. Heavyweights. Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland Epix and EpixHD.com, 4:30 p.m. Eastern. 

Klitschko (57-3, 50 KO) fights Thompson (36-2, 24 KO) for a second time. Klitschko knocked Thompson out in the 11th round in July 2008. But Thompson, 40, has not lost since then. He hasn’t fought any significant names and he hasn’t had a fight at all in over a year. Klitschko is in little danger of losing.

I’d say no danger, but it’s not smart to take anything for granted in boxing these days. The six-foot-five southpaw Thompson blamed his earlier loss to Kitschko on a knee injury at the time. Klitschko’s response is that Thompson needs to suck it up, and beat him if he wants to prove a point. It’s not going to happen.

The month kicks off with heavyweights Wladimir Klitschko and Tony Thompson.

This fight will draw a crowd of over 30,000 fans in Bern’s soccer stadium, and will be televised in 160 countries. In the U.S., the fight will be seen on the Epix network and on EpixHD.com. Note the early hour of the fight due to the time difference to Switzerland.

July 7: Nonito Donaire vs. Jeffrey Mathebula. 122-pound featherweight unification fight. Undercard: Kelly Pavlik vs. Will Rosinsky. 10 rounds, 168-pounds. Home Depot Center, Carson, California. HBO Boxing After Dark, 10 p.m. Eastern.

Donaire (28-1, 18 KOs), the Filipino Flash, will take on South African boxer Mathebula. Donaire has knocked out ten of his last 12 opponents including the impressive second round knockout of champion Fernando Montiel in February 2011, consider one of the top bouts all year. Donaire has earned his way into the top of the pound-for-pound best ratings. In his last fight in February 2012, he won a split decision against Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr.

Nonito Donaire uses some unorthodox training methods, like simulating altitude training by breathing an air mix with 20 percent less oxygen. Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

South African 2000 Olympian champion Mathebula (26-3-2, 14KOs), is a shockingly tall fighter for this division. Some say he’s six feet tall, others list him at 5-10. Either way he will tower over Donaire. Height helps make him a formidable opponent and he had over 100 bouts as an amateur. Donaire needs to be flashy and live up to his nickname by demonstrating good skills while pleasing the crowd to keep up the level of excitement he created against Montiel.

On the undercard, former world champion Kelly Pavlik (39-2, 34 KOs) fights up-and-coming challenger Will Rosinsky from Queens, New York (16-1, 9 KOS), a former U.S. national amateur champion. Pavlik is now working in Oxnard in the camp of trainer Robert Garcia.

July 14: Amir Khan vs. Danny Garcia. Super lightweight. Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. HBO, 11 p.m. Eastern.

Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) was supposed to get his rematch against Lamont Peterson, who beat him in an upset at the end of 2011. Peterson failed a drug test, so now Khan faces junior welterweight Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs).  Garcia beat Erik Morales in March, but Khan will present Garcia a much faster, tougher opponent. The 24-year-old Garcia has a chance to show he’s the real deal here, but it’s asking a lot against Khan. It’s not a bad replacement fight, well worth watching. (What else will you be doing, anyway?)

July 14: David Haye vs. Dereck Chisora and Alexander Povetkin vs. Hasim Rahman, London, England. Epix and EpixHD.com

These are big fights in Europe but aren’t getting a lot of attention in the United States. But if you’re hard core enough to seek these bouts out, they are available for fans to see.

July 21: Adrian Broner vs. Vicente Escobedo, junior lightweight title. U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio. HBO, 10 p.m. Eastern.

It’s hard to figure out whether Broner is crazy like a fox, or just plain crazy. His showboating is off the charts. His father played hairdresser during his last post-fight interview, during which he told HBO’s Max Kellerman he should be on Dancing With the Stars. This stuff threatens to distract from the fact he’s got tremendous talent. He’s undefeated in 23 fights with 19 knockouts. There isn’t a doubt you can’t take your eyes off him, but most people can’t take their eyes off traffic accidents either. Escobedo (26-3, 15 KOs) will present some challenge but if Broner can keep the showboating and distractions under control, he should take care of Escobedo without much trouble.

Boxer Adrian Broner’s antics are off the charts, but as long as his skills match, let him have his fun. Photo: HBO.

July 28: Robert Gurrero vs. Selcuk Aydin, welterweight. HP Pavillion, San Jose, California.

Showtime, 10 p.m. Eastern

Aydin is an undefeated fighter from Turkey with a 23-0, 17 KOs record. Guerrero is going up two weight classes to face Aydin at 147 pounds. Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs) has not fought since April 2011. Aydin hasn’t beaten any big names, but he is a legitimate opponant for Guerrero who could find this fight challenging on many levels. It should be a fun one for fans to watch.

As the month closes, Floyd Mayweather will be getting out of the slammer and perhaps the fall boxing schedule will be coming into better focus. Until then, enjoy the action being offered and let’s hope there are enough fireworks left to get us by.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

 

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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.

 

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