SAN DIEGO – September 3, 2012 – The fall 2012 boxing season gets underway right after Labor Day, with a calendar of non-stop action featuring some of boxing’s best in all weight divisions over the next few months.
But the one fight fans are still clamoring for – Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather – is nowhere in sight. Still, there’s plenty of talk and a lot of hope it might happen, perhaps in December. Golden Boy Promotions has reserved December 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a Pacquiao bout. Although Mayweather now works with new promoter TMT run by his pal, rapper 50 Cent, Mayweather has not severed any of his ties to Oscar de La Hoya’s Golden Boy. Mayweather hasn’t committed to a fight this year. He’s been out of jail a month and needs to start thinking about his next move.
But boxing fans don’t need to hold out for this fight to get the kind of action they crave. There are some terrific fights scheduled in the months to come. Count on some knockout action, a changing of the guard, some rising stars and a few surprises. Ringside Seat runs down the September highlights:
September 8: Vitali Klitschko (44-2-0, 40 KOs) vs Manuel Charr (21-0-0. 11 KOs) Heavyweights. Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia. HBO Boxing, 9:45 p.m. Eastern.
This is reportedly the 41-year-old Klitschko’s final fight of his impressive career before he transitions to a career in politics in his native Ukraine. He will defend his WBC title against Charr, born in Lebanon of Syrian descent who lives in Germany. President Vladimir Putin is expected to be in the audience of 35,000. Surprisingly, it is the Ukranian’s first fight in Russia. Charr is undefeated but has half the experience of Klitschko and a fraction of the knockouts. His winning stream is likely to end. HBO will air the bout on delay prior to the Ward-Dawson bout.
September 8: Andre Ward (25-0-0, 13 KOs) vs. Chad Dawson (31-1-0, 17 KOs), Oracle Arena, Oakland. HBO Boxing, 9:45 p.m. Eastern.
Dawson is moving down to 168 pounds to fight Ward for the unified super middleweight title. Due credit to these two for giving us a champion versus champion fight and for Dawson for agreeing to the fight. Dawson has an advantage in height and reach, but will the drop in weight hurt him? Ward is fighting in his hometown, which never hurts. It’s sure to be entertaining although don’t look for a knockout here.
September 15: Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs) vs. Julio Caesar Chavez (46-0-1, 32 KOs), Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas. HBO PPV, 9 p.m. Eastern.
Even if there was a Pacquiao or Mayweather fight on the schedule, this middleweight title contest is likely to be the biggest draw and a superb bit of boxing entertainment. The 37-year-old Argentinean Martinez is hard as nails with tremendous stamina and work ethic. He can be hit, but he’s shown that he can come back and wield knockout power at any time. Chavez has a career on the line in this fight. He is still trying to prove he deserves to be called a champion, and isn’t just riding on his father’s famous name. A win over Martinez would vault him into the top echelon of boxers.
September 15: Canelo Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KOs) vs. Josesito Lopez (30-4-0, 18 KOs), MGM Grand, Las Vegas. Showtime Boxing, 9 p.m. Eastern
Although Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has many admirers, there is far more interest among serious fans in the Martinez vs. Chavez bout. But this fight is free to Showtime’s 21 million subscribers. So more fans will likely see this fight, because they don’t have to pay the $54.95 in PPV fees. Still, it’s a shame to make fans choose. There is also a decent undercard with the Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Daniel Ponce de Leon featheweight bout and the welterweight fight between Marcos Maidana and Jesus Soto Karass. Lopez earned the right to face Alvarez by destroying the erratic Victor Ortiz, but he’s not going to have as easy a night against Alvarez.
Ahead in 2012, “Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire will take on the veteran Japanese boxer Toshiaki Noshioka, and hard-hitting Mike Alvarado will face Brandon Rios in Los Angeles on October 13. Danny Garcia grants Erik Morales a rematch of their decision on October 20, while the fan favorite Paulie Malignaggi faces Pablo Cesar Cano, in the first major boxing event staged in Brooklyn’s Barclay Center in decades.
Wladimir Klitschko is now on the schedule for a November 10 bout in Hamburg, Germany against Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach. Fast-forward to December 1, and Miguel Cotto will return to Madison Square Garden for a bout with undefeated Austin Trout.
Manny Pacquiao’s hold on November 10 was moved to December 8. With Cotto out of the running as a possible opponant, it seems he will likely schedule a rematch with Timothy Bradley; but a fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez is also a possibility. Marquez is a bigger draw and moneymaker, but the controversial decision won by Bradley over Pacquiao is a score that needs settling.
As for Floyd Mayweather, his prospects are more of a mystery as his team isn’t saying much. In a recent radio interview, Mayweather says he plans to take part in Wrestlemania 29 next April. Meanwhile he’s catching up on his party time, and counting his cash, as this Instagram photo posted by Mayweather depicts.
Pacquiao and Mayweather aren’t top draws if they aren’t in the ring. Meanwhile, count on seeing Gennady Golovkin again before the end of the year after his sensational fight on HBO Saturday, September 1. Fans were knocked out by his strong performance and he’s a character without being too full of himself. There are numerous potential opponents for him, including the winner of Martinez/Chavez Jr. Golovkin also said he’d fight Andre Ward or Chad Dawson. Whatever way it shakes out, Golovkin against anybody worthy of him is a fight fans will eagerly look forward to seeing.
Look for our live chats on Communities at Washington Times throughout the fall boxing season. We invite our readers to have their say and join us as we take in the action. Keep reading Ringside Seat for the latest schedule of chats.
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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