Summer is always a great time for boxing, and the scorching season often includes many of the biggest fights of the year. In 2012, while Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao won't be competing, there is still plenty of exciting action. Here, you'll find a quick guide to the 5 must-see boxing bouts of July and August.
The list doesn't include every single fight for the next few months, nor does it automatically include televised contests which, in all honesty, shouldn't be of much interest to you (I'm looking at you, Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tony Thompson II and Alexander Povetkin vs. Hasim Rahman).
Instead, this is a list of the top 5 boxing bouts to watch over the new two months, based on their potential for excitement, and their value and importance to the sport. In other words, if you could only watch 5 fights in July and August, with a busy summer schedule to go out and enjoy, then jot down the following contests to be sure you don't miss out.
July 7 on HBO - Nonito Donaire vs. Jeffrey Mathebula
Whenever Nonito Donaire is fighting, you should carve out time in your personal schedule. He's one of the best fighters in the world, and he is usually good for a dynamic, exciting performance. Mathebula isn't a big name, but he's a tough customer, having just won the IBF Super Bantamweight strap with a Split Decision over Takalani Ndlovu, avenging a previous Split Decision loss.
July 14 on EPIX - David Haye vs. Dereck Chisora
Haye vs. Chisora is the ultimate grudge match. The first encounter between the two British heavyweights took place at the post-fight press conference following Chisora's fight against Vitali Klitschko, and it included bare-fisted punches, broken glasses, swinging camera tripods and several arrests. This time, the two meet in the squared circle, despite a ban from the BBBoC, the British Boxing Board of Control.
July 14 on HBO - Amir Khan vs. Danny Garcia
Khan was supposed to meet Lamont Peterson in a rematch of their exciting and controversial December 2011 fight, however, Peterson failed a pre-fight drug test, scuttling the bout. Now, Khan looks to regain a title against undefeated Danny "Swift" Garcia of Philadelphia. Garcia is a physically gifted fighter, but let's see if he can take a big step up and handle the likes of Khan, who has his eyes on big fights in the Welterweight division.
July 28 on Showtime - Robert Guerrero vs. Selcuk Aydin
As I recently wrote, Robert Guerrero is looking to use his Welterweight debut against the undefeated Selcuk Aydin to springboard into a huge fight, and payday, against Floyd Mayweather. Aydin is no pushover though. He's an aggressive, heavy-handed Turkish fighter with a series of credible wins, while Guerrero has only fought once above Lightweight. The winner here has an interim title and is an immediate player at 147 pounds.
August 11 on Showtime - Tavoris Cloud vs. Jean Pascal
Cloud and Pascal are regarded as two of the top five or six Light Heavyweights in the world. Each man has an abundance of raw physical skill, along with a series of potential flaws. That makes for an exciting match, and places the winner in solid position to meet another big name in the winter.
Sources: Boxrec.com, ESPN Boxing, ProBoxing-Fans.com Boxing Schedule
Jake Emen runs the boxing news website ProBoxing-Fans.com. You can find more of his writing, along with interviews, rankings and breaking news stories at the site, or you can follow ProBoxing-Fans.com on Twitter, @ProBoxingFans.
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