June promises to bring plenty of quality action for fight fans and several solid match-ups.
Here are the six best bouts in the month of June:
Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley (June 9)
On the surface, this may be Pacquiao's least commercially viable opponent since attaining superstar status. However, competitively, the undefeated 28-year-old Bradley should be Pacquiao's stiffest challenge in a long while. This bout will feature the Filipino legend's freshest opponent since, probably, his first contest with Erik Morales in 2005. This will also be only Pacquiao's second 20-something opponent in five years and eleven contests. Bradley does lack punching power and it will be a real struggle to get a decision against Pacquiao in Las Vegas, but it should be a spirited bout nonetheless.
Mike Jones vs. Randall Bailey (June 9)
This battle for the vacant IBF welterweight title on the Pacquiao-Bradley undercard will be for higher stakes than just a belt. Mike Jones, if he wins impressively, could very well be in the running for a big money showdown with Manny Pacquiao. For Bailey, a former junior welterweight champ, this win likely represents his last chance at a world title.
Tomasz Adamek vs. Eddie Chambers (June 16)
This heavyweight clash of recent Klitschko Bros. victims is about as evenly-matched as any bout could be. Both are smallish heavyweights with less-than-stellar punching power, but both are also solid Top 10 fighters. The winner will likely get back in line for a chance to be beaten silly by a Klitschko brother.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Andy Lee (June 16)
For Chavez Jr.'s WBC middleweight title, this bout is being regarded as the second generation star's toughest challenge to date. Chavez Jr. has developed into a solid fighter in spite off plenty of criticism early in his career. Ireland's Andy Lee is an all-around talent who could very well push the defending champ to his limits.
Victor Ortiz vs. Josesito Lopez (June 23)
Ortiz was originally scheduled to take on Andre Berto in a rematch of their 2011 Fight of the Year candidate. However, Berto tested positive for a banned substance and Lopez was chosen to step in. While Josesito Lopez is hardly a household name, the Riverside, California native is a solid and well-seasoned fighter. Ortiz should be legitimately challenged and if he shows up flat and suffering from a letdown due to the Berto situation, he could find himself beaten.
Humberto Soto vs. Lucas Matthysse (June 23)
Veteran Mexican star, Soto, has his first real challenge at the junior welterweight limit against Argentina's heavy-handed Matthysse. The winner of this bout could be in line for a shot at the WBC world title and that would mean a great deal for both big fight-hungry battlers. In terms of action, Soto-Matthysse should provide plenty of fireworks and could possibly steal the show as the co-feature to Ortiz-Lopez.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing.
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