In October, it's not quantity over quality as there are not many main stage fights set for the month, but the few that are on the schedule promise to deliver on big-time action. Also interesting is the fact that all six major bouts take place on just two separate cards.
Here's a look at October's six fan-favorite battles:
Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado
Barring an early clash of heads or some other type of unforeseen occurrence, this one is a guaranteed war and, likely, a Fight of the Year candidate. Rios is moving up to the extremely deep waters of the junior welterweight division and immediately walking into a baptism of fire against tough battler, Alvarado. Both fighters know no finesse, take no steps backwards, and have plenty to prove against one another. Expect an edge-of-your-seat thriller.
Nonito Donaire vs. Toshiaki Nishioka
Some would've preferred the "Filipino Flash" to take on one of the bigger names in the junior featherweight division, like Abner Mares or Guillermo Rigondeaux. However, Japan's Nishioka is ranked No. 1 or No. 2 on most 122-pound rankings for a reason. The Japanese star has been a WBC titlist since 2008 and has scored wins over the likes of Jhonny Gonzalez, Rafael Marquez and Rendall Munroe. The 36-year-old is for real and should give Donaire a real test.
Danny Garcia vs. Erik Morales
Garcia and Morales have met before, with Garcia scoring a unanimous decision victory in March. This time, though, the Mexican warrior, Morales, knows that this will likely be his last chance at capturing a legitimate world title. Garcia is riding high off his TKO victory over Amir Khan and walks into this contest with WBA and WBC junior welterweight belts. Expect Morales to press the action a little more than when they first met and expect Garcia to push back.
Paul Malignaggi vs. Pablo Cesar Cano
This one will go a long way in telling fans whether Malignaggi has what it takes to be a legitimate world champ at welterweight. Cano is no killer and he's moving up from the junior welterweight division, but the 22-year-old from Mexico will be motivated and aggressive. Malignaggi will likely have to actually let his hands go and fight, rather than peck and move.
Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam vs. Peter Quillin
A nice test for both fighters, N'Jikam brings with him the WBO middleweight title, while Quillin boasts the overall better level of opposition. Forget the silly title designation, this won't be a battle for a real world title, but it will be a fight between two quality middleweights just starting to move into world class status.
Devon Alexander vs. Randall Bailey
This welterweight clash is for Bailey's IBF title, but it's really a battle between two well-matched, lower-tier, top-10 welterweights. Alexander is the slicker and quicker of the two, but Bailey has crushing one-punch power.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico, and a close follower of the sport for more than 30 years. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and The BoxingTribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing.
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