September starts

Junior lightweights Ryan Garcia (left) and Carlos Morales. Photo credit: Tom Hogan/HoganPhotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Junior lightweights Ryan Garcia (left) and Carlos Morales. Photo credit: Tom Hogan/HoganPhotos/Golden Boy Promotions


By the time you read this, there’s a good chance I’ll already be in Dallas/Arlington for Sunday night’s Miami-LSU game, which takes place at “Jerry’s World” (AT&T Stadium). It is now September and as the calendar turns, most of the focus will be on the pay-per-view rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. However there is a full slate of boxing to look forward to in the coming month.


Here’s a look ahead:


– September 1 (Facebook Watch): Ryan Garcia vs. Carlos Morales: Tonight “The Flash” Garcia continues his development as a pro against the seasoned Morales, from the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. The precocious Garcia is considered one of Golden Boy Promotions’ prized prospects and, if he’s the goods, this is the type of guy he should be able to handle, at this point.


Now the big question here is, will this stream crash during the main event?


– September 8 (HBO) – Juan Francisco Estrada vs. Felipe Orucuta, Donnie Nietes vs. Aston Palicte, Kazuto Ioka vs. McWilliams Arroyo: The third edition of “SuperFly” doesn’t have quite the star power of its predecessors but should provide some decent action nonetheless. The return of Ioka is interesting, a multi-division champion who returns after a short retirement from the ring, who takes on a solid foe in Arroyo, who defeated Carlos Cuadras on “SuperFly 2.”


– September 8 (Showtime) – Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter: A lot is on the line here at the Barclays Center and not just the vacant WBC welterweight title. You could say this might be a de facto eliminator for IBF titlist Errol Spence Jr. in 2019.


– September 14 (ESPN) – Jose Ramirez vs. Antonio Orozco: It should be an electric atmosphere in Fresno, California, as the “Pride of the Central Valley” (Ramirez) finally makes the first defense of his WBC 140-pound title. Ramirez-Orozco looks to be an action-packed fight on paper but Orozco WILL make the 135 pound limit, right?


– September 15 (HBO Pay-Per-View) – Gennady Golovkin vs. Saul Alvarez II: Plenty will be said and written about this bout, which is a rematch of last year’s contentious draw. This card is rounded out by the return of Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, WBO 154-pound beltholder Jaime Munguia and a middleweight match-up between Spike O’Sullivan and David Lemieux.


– September 22 (DAZN) – Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Povetkin: Joshua, one of the biggest stars in all of boxing (both literally and figuratively) defends his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles in a fight with an element of danger.


– September 28 (ESPN) – Jose Uzcategui, Jerwin Ancajas-Alejandro Santiago: This card will take place at the Oracle, in Oakland, with IBF super middleweight titlist “Bolivita” engaging in a non-title bout, as he waits for Caleb Plant. Ancajas, who has a title at 115 pounds, makes the sixth defense of his belt but many are now wondering when he’ll face his fellow elites at junior bantamweight


– September 28 (Showtime) – This edition of “ShoBox” should be interesting, as it showcases one of the sport’s blue-chip prospects in Devin Haney, who faces veteran Juan Carlos Burgos in the main event, and the rematch between Thomas Mattice and Zhora Hamazaryan. Their first fight will always be remembered for that highly questionable ( i.e. awful) decision given to Mattice.


– September 28 – George Groves vs. Callum Smith: Really, two questions about this match-up here: Why is this bout featuring two Brits taking place in Saudi Arabia (Jeddah, please!) and since this is the final round of the World Boxing Super Series’ 168-pound tourney, will this be on DAZN?


– September 30 (FS1) – Victor Ortiz vs. John Molina: So why did the Ortiz-Brandon Rios grudge match go to Bolivian? Regardless Ortiz-Molina should be a bit of boxing demolition derby.





On this week’s edition of “The 3 Knockdown Rule,” you’ll hear from trainer Joe Goossen and Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez, as Mario Lopez and I talk all things boxing:





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