September 15 will be a very busy day in the boxing world. There are two marquee events on television, the HBO Pay-Per-View headlined by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez, and the free Showtime card headlined by Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez. There's also a big card taking place in Germany. That means there's potentially a dozen different noteworthy fights on that date, but which are the best of the best?
1. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez
The Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez fight not only has the most significance as a meeting of the top 2 Middleweights in the world, but it should prove to be an aesthetically pleasing clash of styles and personalities. These two are going to go after one another and look to make a statement. Martinez is the favorite, and is fighting for the acclaim he deserves, but Chavez is the star, and is looking to forge his own legend to permanently remove himself from the long shadow cast by his father.
2. Saul Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez
Canelo is a heavy favorite against Lopez, who is now competing against one of the best, and biggest, Junior Middleweights in the world, after only having had one fight at Welterweight. But Lopez is a gamer, and a warrior in the ring, and Canelo is prone to the kinds of defensive lapses which should make this a very fun bout for as long as it lasts.
3. Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Daniel Ponce de Leon
Jhonny Gonzalez might be one of the most underrated boxers active today. Since a setback to Toshiaki Nishioka three years ago, Gonzalez has won 12 fights, 11 by knockout, capturing a title in the process and defending it successfully four times. Daniel Ponce de Leon is much improved from his free-swinging days, but is still just as formidable and fierce. With a combined 80 knockout wins, you can be sure this one ends before the final bell, and that it will be a thrilling ride all the way up to that inevitably early conclusion.
4. Yoan Pablo Hernandez vs. Troy Ross
Yoan Pablo Hernandez is currently regarded by most as the best Cruiserweight in the world, and his Canadian challenger, Troy Ross, is a legitimate top-10 guy in his own right. They'll be fighting, where else, in Cruiserweight-mad Germany, and the winner will have all sorts of intriguing fights awaiting him.
5. Marcos Maidana vs. Jesus Soto-Karass
While I don't really see much of a purpose to this fight, I certainly can see how it will be entertaining. And as the number 3 fight on the docket of a free television card, it's not too shabby at all. Maidana is the superior fighter, and the harder puncher, but Soto-Karass always brings it, and has also been competing at Junior Middleweight. Expect Maidana to stop Soto-Karass in an action-packed, fast-paced rumble.
Sources: Boxrec.com, ProBoxing-Fans.com
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