The boxing calendar has turned to September
September is here and, looking ahead to the boxing schedule, it figures to be – at least, on paper – one of the most anticipated in recent memory. It’s replete with major events for the casual observers and cards for the hardcore fans of the sport, sprinkled with plenty of title fights and other interesting match-ups from around the globe.
Here’s a look ahead at what’s in store:
– “SuperFly” on September 9 has been lauded – and rightfully so – as the best pure card on premium cable in years and should provide action from top-to-bottom, as it features a trio of bouts in the super flyweight class. It’s headlined by the rematch between WBC 115-pound titlist Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, who battled for 12 hard rounds last March. The original encounter was one of the best fights of 2017.
This HBO broadcast also showcases the Stateside debut of Naoya Inoue, the highly-regarded WBO beltholder from Japan, who takes on Antonio Nieves. Then you have the Mexican grudge match between Juan Francisco Estrada and Carlos Cuadras, who fight for the right to face the winner of this night’s main event at the StubHub Center, in Carson, California.
– September 16 is a huge day for boxing and not just because of the huge pay-per-view clash between middleweight ruler Gennady Golovkin and Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Not much needs to be said about this match-up, as it speaks for itself. But that’s not the only thing happening this day on Bash Blvd.
The remaining middleweight title (WBO) is being contested by titlist Billy Joe Saunders and Willie Monroe Jr. in London, England. Also, Milan Melindo will defends his IBF junior flyweight title against Hekkie Budler in the Philippines.
– The “World Boxing Super Series”: The tournaments for the super middleweight and cruiserweight titles begin on September 9 with WBO cruiserweight titlist Oleksandr Usyk facing Marco Huck in Berlin and, from this weekend on, a fight from this single elimination tourney will take place for eight consecutive weekends.
On the 16th, you have Callum Smith taking on Erik Skoglund in Liverpool, England, to kick off the 168-pound bracket. The following week has a cruiserweight slugfest between Yunier Dorticos and Dmitry Kudryashov from San Antonio, Texas. Then, on the 30th, you have WBC cruiserweight champion Mairis Breidis facing Mike Perez. (OK, those of you wondering, as of now, no U.S. television deal has been announced for the WBSS.)
– September 22 and 23: There is plenty of boxing on this Friday and Saturday, starting with the Top Rank series, on ESPN, from Tucson, Arizona, that will feature WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez, who faces Genesis Servania and WBO super middleweight titlist Gilberto Ramirez, who takes on Jesse Hart. The following day, you have Jorge Linares – who boxes for the first time in America since 2014 – defending his WBA 135-pound belt against Luke Campbell as the headliner on HBO, from the Forum in Inglewood, California.
– Along with all this, there are various cards on ESPN2, CBS Sports Network, beIN Sports and FS1.
There was boxing on the first Saturday of September from Mexico, where Antonio Margarito was gifted a seventh round technical decision against Carson Jones. It was actually a decent fight that saw Margarito have some early success but, by the middle rounds, Jones started to clearly control the action and it looked like he could stop Margarito late.
However, unfortunately for him, the bout was stopped due to a cut on Margarito, which was caused by an accidental clash of heads in the second that bled throughout the fight. After the seventh round, it looked like Margarito had called it a day on his stool but instead he was given a lifeline. As they went to the cards, Margarito was ahead by the tallies of 68-64 and 67-65 twice.
This just looked like a complete miscarriage of justice. Jones was not going to be given a fair shake here, under any circumstance.
The worst part of this verdict is that Margarito, who is a shell of himself, will now continue this ill-advised comeback.
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