There have been several shocking upsets in boxing so far in 2012. And there may be some more upsets in the big upcoming fights this year. Therefore, what are four fights to look forward to in September?
Devon Alexander vs. Randall Bailey
Devon Alexander and Randall Bailey are fighting on September 8. Bailey wants to prove that his upset victory over Mike Jones was not a fluke. Bailey will try to use his frightening punching power to upset Alexander.
Alexander has been mediocre in big fights throughout his career. He got some hometown decisions in victories over Andreas Kotelnik and Lucas Matthysse. However, he dominated Marcos Maidana in his last fight. So this bout will show if Alexander has truly improved as a fighter or if he just cannot live up to his potential.
Saul Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez
Saul Alvarez had several difficulties in trying to find an opponent; Josesito Lopez is his fourth option. Still, Lopez carries considerable risk for Alvarez after breaking Victor Ortiz's jaw in a shocking upset his last time out.
Lopez will be at a size disadvantage against Alvarez. He is a natural welterweight and he will be fighting at junior middleweight for the first time. Lopez will have to use excellent ring movement and his quick hands to outbox Alvarez and have a chance at pulling off an upset.
Alvarez has all the tools to beat Lopez. He has advantages in punching power, strength, and ring generalship. If he defeats Lopez, Alvarez could get the fight he wants against Mayweather.
Chad Dawson vs. Andre Ward
Chad Dawson and Andre Ward are fighting on September 8th. It will be a great boxing match between two boxers that are Ring Magazine champions and in their primes.
Ward is the definition of a winner. However, his fighting style is boring and often involves a lot of grappling. Still, if he keeps winning it won't matter that he's not an exciting fighter to watch. And a win over Dawson will move him even higher up on the pound-for-pound list.
Dawson is an underdog in this bout. And he will be fighting at super middleweight -- a weight that he has not fought at in over six years. Yet, if Dawson can keep Ward on the outside with his left jab and right cross, then he will be able to defeat him.
Sergio Martinez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. cannot wait to fight each other on September 15th. There is a lot of bad blood between them. And they do not respect or like each other.
Chavez proved that he is a legit fighter by knocking out championship contender Andy Lee in his last fight. However, he still has tons of haters. His critics think that he is just an overrated and overprotected fighter that grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth. But if Chavez beats Martinez, his critics won't have any ammunition left.
Martinez has been avoided by big name boxers such as Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto. Yet, he is finally getting the big fight that he has been waiting for his whole career. And Martinez can defeat Chavez by using his superior hand speed, ring movement and counter-punching skills.
Loren Robinson has studied boxing for the past 12 years. He has written for boxing websites such as boxingnews24.com, eastsideboxing.com and pinoygreats.com. You can find more of his writing at the site www.lorenrobinson.com or you can follow him on Twitter, @BestWriter_InPA.
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- Devon Alexander
- Randall Bailey
- Andre Ward
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- Chad Dawson
- Julio Cesar Chavez Jr