Nine in November: You Must Watch These Fights
Will this coming month be a November to Remember? If everything plays out the way it should, boxing fans will have more than their fair share of excitement.
Here's a look at November's nine best fights:
Lebedev is an exciting world class cruiserweight who knocked out a faded Roy Jones Jr. in May. Now, the Russian southpaw takes on another faded former champ in James "Lights Out" Toney. Although this may turn out to be an intriguing match-up, the real battle may be between the perennially out of shape Toney and the scale as he struggles to make the 200 lb. limit for the first time since 2003.
If you like offense, this is the fight to watch. An explosion is guaranteed as the come-forward, throwback Mexican, Angulo takes on the heavy-handed "Mandingo Warrior," Kirkland. Due to immigration issues, Angulo has only fought one round in 16 months while Kirkland is just two fights removed from a surprising KO 1 loss to Japan's Nobuhiro Ishida. Both fighters are in a "must win" situation and both are vulnerable. So, in other words, excitement is guaranteed.
Scotland's Burns is a feisty former super featherweight titlist moving up to lightweight. Aussie, Katsidis, is regarded as one of the sport's most exciting warriors. Nobody will be backing up in this battle and neither will be going down easy.
Outside of December's Andre Ward-Carl Froch Super Six tournament final, Bute-Johnson just may be the best bout at super middleweight. Bute is looking to make the ninth defense of his IBF title and Johnson, the 42-year-old "Road Warrior" has to realize that this is likely his last chance at gold. Expect fireworks.
November 12: Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 39 KOs) vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs)
This is the blockbuster of the month, featuring two fighters who never disappoint. The first two Pacquiao-Marquez contests were modern day classics and both fighters are aiming to put on another great show. Whether Marquez, at 38 years of age and two divisions above his lightweight home, can compete with Pacquiao anymore is beside the point. The Mexican warrior will be trying to shock the world and Pacquiao will be eagerly awaiting the challenge.
This will likely be mismatch between an elite junior welterweight and a badly faded 40-year-old former lightweight champ. However, it will be Bradley's first fight under the Top Rank promotional banner and, perhaps, a warm-up for a bout with Manny Pacquiao in 2012. Bradley will be pushing to look impressive.
Former Amir Khan "Khanqueror," Prescott will meet a come-forward battler in Alvarado in a key match-up for the extremely competitive junior welterweight division. Although this one will be on the Pacquiao-Marquez undercard, it has the potential to steal the show.
The son of the legend, Chavez, has been called a fraud, a fake, and, now, a paper champion. However, recent rumors of being out of shape and unmotivated in training show that he has not taken the criticism to heart. Manfredo is the less talented, but more motivated fighter who sees one last shot at a world title. Is Chavez ready to be upset? Can Manfredo step up and finally win a "big one?"
Some are regarding this as Alvarez's first real challenge against a Cintron who is more accomplished and physically talented than anyone on "El Canelo's" resume. Cintron also has a reputation for entertaining and exciting meltdowns in major fights. Alvarez-Cintron will likely produce a fun fight with an earnest Alvarez going up against a famously unstable talent.
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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