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10 April Fights Worth Watching
Truthfully, April is not shaping up to be a classic month for fight action. However, there are plenty of solid match-ups and crossroads fights that could lead to great things in the near future. Here's a look at 10 fights worth watching this month:
Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Serhiy Fedchenko (April 14)
Unless something crazy happens, this one should be a blow-out. But with a fighter at 38 years of age, nothing is taken for granted. Still, the biggest drama in this fight should be based around how impressive the Mexican legend, en route to a Summer showdown with Brandon Rios, looks against the overmatched fighter from the Ukraine.
Tyson Fury vs. Martin Rogan (April 14)
Forget about the superfluous Irish heavyweight title attached to this one, Fury-Rogan should be a nice little fight between the 23-year-old Fury looking to further establish his name and the 41-year-old former cinderella man and Belfast cab driver, Rogan.
Brandon Rios vs. Richard Abril (April 14)
Whether last month's press conference brawl was for real or just for show, Rios should walk right through a solid, but unexceptional Abril. Sharing the bill with the Marquez-Fedchenko bout, Rios will be looking to impress as he gets closer to a Summer showdown with Marquez.
Mike Alvarado vs. Mauricio Herrera (April 14)
This fight may be third on the bill, behind Marquez-Fedchenko and Rios Abril, but this junior welterweight match-up just may steal the show. Alvarado is coming off a thrilling win over Breidis Prescott last November and Herrera, a proven spoiler, is coming off upset wins against Ruslan
Provodnikov and Mike Dallas Jr.
Erislandy Lara vs. Ronald Hearns (April 20)
Lara, the slick and talented Cuban, should handle Hearns easily while continuing to march forward in search of a big opportunity. Against Paul Williams last year, Lara was the victim of one of the poorest decisions in recent memory and it'll be interesting to see whether the stylist will add more aggression to his game to prevent future robberies.
Abner Mares vs. Eric Morel (April 21)
Mares is moving up in weight, fighting for the vacant WBC junior featherweight title and aiming to land a big money bout against Nonito Donaire. Morel is a veteran former world titlist who is a legitimate top challenger and a potential spoiler if Mares is focused on future earnings rather than the actual fight.
Ismayl Sillakh vs. Denis Grachev (April 27)
Likely a one-sided blow-out, this may be Sillakh's last bout on the club scene before graduating to the main stage. The talented California-based light heavyweight from the Ukraine is a superstar in the making and one of the sport's best blue chip prospects.
Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson (April 28)
This rematch for Hopkins' WBC light heavyweight title could be the end of the line for the 47-year-old legend and a true passing of the torch to heir apparent, Dawson. It could also be another history-making performance for the ageless wonder.
Seth Mitchell vs. Chazz Witherspoon (April 28)
Carrying the heavy burden of "America's last heavyweight hope," the 29-year-old Mitchell faces his best opponent to date in the biggest showcase of his young career.
Paulie Malignaggi vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko (April 29)
The Ukraine's Senchenko defends his WBA welterweight belt against the former junior welterweight titlist, Malignaggi in a make or break bout for the fast-talking Brooklyn native. A win for Malignaggi gets him a paper world title and at least one more big money fight via unification against one of the other division titlists.
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Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. He is also a contributor to Fox Sports. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing.
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