September officially ends boxing's dog days of summer and brings fans an embarrassment of riches.
While high profile bouts like Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez and Andre Ward vs. Chad Dawson get all the headlines, there are several other fights that may lack star power, but will likely deliver on quality action. Here are five hidden fight gems in a very action-heavy September:
Antonio DeMarco vs. John Molina
A battle for DeMarco's WBC lightweight title, this one is evenly matched and will likely deliver on real, back and forth action. Tijuana's DeMarco has made his name as a rough, heavy-handed battler who will keep coming forward until he gets what he wants. Molina, a native of Covina, California, has made a similar name for himself, albeit against a somewhat lower level of opposition. There's not a chance of a prolonged chess match in this one. War will break out and fists will fly.
Yoan Pablo Hernandez vs. Troy Ross
Hernandez, the Germany-based Cuban IBF cruiserweight champ, proved his worth by turning back the challenge of former champ, Steve Cunningham and is stepping forward with a legitimately tough second defense against long time Canadian challenger, Troy Ross. Ross is talented and has been hungry ever since losing out on his bid for then-champ Cunningham's title in 2010 due to a freak cut over his left eye.
Marcos Maidana vs. Jesus Soto Karass
This welterweight clash may be low on the list of September 15th priorities and pretty much buried on the Saul Alvarez-Josesito Lopez card from Las Vegas, but it could very well deliver the evening's best back and forth action. Both fighters are come-forward battlers and both have a lot to prove-- Maidana is coming off a loss to Devon Alexander and fighting to remain a top contender, while Karass has lost three of his last five bouts and will be fighting to stay relevant.
Ricky Burns vs. Kevin Mitchell
This one has hardcore UK fight fans licking their chops in anticipation-- and rightfully so. Burns is the WBO world lightweight champ from Scotland and Mitchell is the long-time top British lightweight challenger. More importantly, though, Burns is a come forward bully, always looking to engage and Mitchell is a talented boxer-puncher who is not shy about letting his hands go.
Brian Viloria vs. Hernan Marquez
This battle between WBO flyweight champ, Viloria, and WBA champ, Marquez, promises to be, perhaps, the best overall fight in a big September. Both fighters are regarded among the sport's best offensive fighters and both are more than willing to go to war. With two world titles on the line and a designation as the undisputed best at 112 lbs. up for grabs, expect a real battle and a possible modern classic.
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 BoxingTribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing.
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