SAN DIEGO – October 19, 2012 – The fall 2012 boxing season will fill up a fan’s plate like your grandma at Thanksgiving. And while I’m thankful for all the matchups, I’m also a bit disappointed there aren’t more blockbusters in the mix.
Nevertheless, fights that seem dull as dirt on paper can end up being wildly competitive and entertaining. Boxers who are shoe-ins to win end up losing. Think Danny Garcia over Amir Khan, or Josesito Lopez over Victor Ortiz.
So double check your schedule and make sure nothing’s getting in between you and your TV set for these upcoming bouts the rest of the year.
Danny Garcia vs. Erik Morales II; Paulie Malignaggi vs. Pablo Cesar Cano; Hassan N’Dam vs. Peter Quillan; Devon Alexander vs. Randall Bailey
Saturday, October 20, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn NY; Showtime, 8 p.m. Eastern
Danny Garcia put on one of the best fights of the year so far with his fourth round knockout upset over Amir Khan in July. Why is he taking a step backwards to fight the veteran Morales for a second time? Morales didn’t make weight the first fight and it was simply a mess. No one wanted to see the great champion go out like he did. Apparently Morales didn’t either. This time, Garcia made weight but failed a drug test; now we know why he made weight. As of press time, the fight was in doubt; check the Ringside Seat column for updates. The pressure is on Garcia to prove he is the real deal with a decisive, knockout victory over Morales, or he will damage the upward momentum he’s had since his win over Khan.
Should popular Brooklyn native Paulie Malignaggi win, he may become the next opponent for the returning British superstar Ricky Hatton should Hatton win his comeback fight against Vyacheslav Senchenko on November 24th. But Cano failed to make weight; the fight is still on in a non-title status.
Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillan is another New York native thrilled to be boxing at home. He and middleweight N’Dam should put on a great show for fans, with Quillan promising a big win. Both boxers are undefeated.
Devon Alexander should have the youth and talent to outpoint the almost 40-year-old champion Randall Bailey to grab his newly acquired IBF welterweight title won by knocking out undefeated contender Mike Jones. Bailey has some stamina issues, but still has dangerous knockout power. Personally, I would love for Bailey to knock out Alexander as he did Jones, but Alexander may be just too fast for him and have the stamina to simply outpoint him.
Lucien Bute vs. Denis Grachev
Saturday, November 3, Bell Centre, Montreal; WealthTV.com, 10 p.m. Eastern
Former IBF Super Middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-1, 24 KOs), who was stopped by Carl Froch last May for his first career defeat, needs to beat the undefeated Denis Grachev will take on undefeated Denis Grachev in a 12-round fight for the NABF Light Heavyweight championship in his home tome of Montreal. Russian native Grachev now lives in San Diego. His record is 12-0-1 with eight knockouts. The Bute-Grachev fight can be seen on Wealth TV nationally on Verizon FiOS TV channel 169 and 669 HD; AT&T U-Verse TV channels 470 and 1470 HD; and 100 additional cable systems across the country. It is also available online at www.wealthtv.com
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Mariusz Wach
Saturday, November 10, O2 World Arena, Hamburg, Germany; EpixHD.com, 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 50 KOs) will be able to look up against 6’7-1/2″ undefeated challenger Mariusz Wach (27-0, 15 KO’s). A recent report on BoxingNews24.com said Klitschko is sparring against guys between 6-6 and 6-8 to get ready. Wach is a slow, deliberate, bulldozer sort of fighter. He has a powerful right hand and he has the potential although small to knockout Klitschko. European fans will turn out in droves no matter what. EpixHD.com is available via a free trial online; its coverage of brother Vitali’s last fight featured ESPN boxing analyst Dan Rafael and trainer Freddie Roach, a pair I’d like to hear commentating live on a major platform more often.
Abner Mares vs. Anselmo Moreno; Alfredo Angulo vs. Raul Casarez
Saturday, November 10, Showtime, 10 p.m. Eastern
Abner Mares, the WBC 122-pound champion, is putting his belt up against the WBA 118-pound champion Anselmo Moreno.
Hardcore boxing heads will love this one. Moreno has momentum from a lopsided victory over veteran powerhouse Vic Darchinyan last December. The last fighter to beat Darchinyan so bad was Nonito Donaire in 2007. Moreno had a win in April as well. Mares is the winner of the Showtime Bantamweight Tournament and has been improving with each fight. After Donaire’s win on October 13, many fans have been talking about a Donaire vs. Mares matchup. But he better not take Moreno lightly or he won’t stay undefeated. This is not a walkover for Mares. Moreno is taller with a greater reach and a good counterpuncher. Mares may have the same problems Donaire had with Toshioko Nishioka, as in lack of a target. If Mares gets Moreno to engage, it could be fun.
Plus, on the undercard is the long-awaited return of Alfredo “Perro” Angulo taking on Raul Casarez. Angulo has been dealing with immigration issues barring him from fighting in the United States ever since his fight-of-the-year war with James Kirkland last November. Pretty much anytime Perro is in the ring you will be entertained in an exciting brawl.
Carl Froch vs. Yusaf Mack
Saturday, November 17, SKY PPV (Great Britain); FightTV online (see www.fightnow.com for details)
Carl Froch (29-2, 21 KOs) destroyed Lucian Bute in April. Froch stopped the undefeated super middleweight champion Bute in round five. This fight against Mack (31-4-2, 17 KOs) is meant mainly to keep Froch in the public eye, fought at home in the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham. No reason he shouldn’t breeze through this and give his local fans a fun night out. Then Froch can get serious about trying to get Andre Ward in the ring with him.
Antonio DeMarco vs. Adrien Broner; Seth Mitchell vs. Johnathon Banks
Saturday, November 17, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ; HBO, 10 p.m. Eastern
Adrien Broner is a love him or hate him sort of fighter. He’s a larger than life personality outside the ring, and a crazy showboater in the ring who can back it up with mad skills. But he failed to make weight for his last fight, and in my opinion the fight should never have taken place. The win meant nothing. Broner needs to get serious about his profession. He needs to make the weight with ease, pretty basic stuff, and then win the fight while showing some focus. Antonio DeMarco is the WBC lightweight champion and he’ll give Broner a real challenge. Broner needs to make this an entertaining, dominating win to back up his claims that he’s the heir apparent to Floyd Mayweather.
Also on the card is rising American heavyweight Seth Mitchell vs. Johnathon Banks. This fight has been delayed five months due to scheduling problems and an injury to Mitchell’s right hand. Mitchell, age 30, (25-0-1, 19 knockouts) was a linebacker for Michigan State’s football team, turning to boxing after he got his college degree. Banks, also 30 with a 28-1-1, 18 KOs record, has trained with Emanuel Steward and Wladimir Klitschko. It’s a must fight for both boxers if they want to ascend through the ranks. Klitschko has indicated interest in fighting Mitchell, perhaps later next year.
NEXT: In Part Two, Ringside Seat will give you the lineup from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
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.
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