For the last few years it’s become pretty common for the summer in boxing to be virtually non-existent in the excitement department on paper. May have to something to do with the general public going out and doing other things on the summer weekend nights, you know as opposed to being tuned in at home on a Saturday night. I mean, Floyd Mayweather hasn’t had a fight in the summer since he dominated Arturo Gatti in 2005! Now there are times where you’ll see a decent three or four cards happen during the three months of summer (which I consider to be June-August) from HBO and SHOWTIME. A year ago we had the controversial Pacquiao/Bradley, the painfully one-sided Broner/Escobedo, the entertaining Victor Ortiz/Josesito Lopez and Danny Garcia vs Amir Khan fights.
This year as of press time we’ve had Lopez/Maidana that featured Angulo/Lara, Malignaggi/Broner, and Golovkin/Macklin. Not a bad way to kick off summer. But what do we have to look forward to for July and August? Not much. This weekend we’ve got Brook/Jones if you can find a way to watch. On July 19, it was supposed to be Ishe Smith having his first title defense against Carlos Molina, but it’s not longer happening due to a cut over Smith’s eye during a sparring session.
But wait there’s SHOWTIME’s July 27th show aptly titled “Knockout Kings II” which features Andre Berto vs Jesus Soto-Karass, Keith Thurman vs Diego Chaves, and Omar Figueroa Jr. vs Nihito Arakawa! HBO’s card from Macao featuring Zou Shiming and Evgeny Gradovich! August 17, Barker/Geale and Kovalev/Cleverly! The following week we’ve got Mares/Gonzales and Leo Santa Cruz!
So okay it’s not completely dry, but it really is a taste of things to come, as the summer cards are mostly a way to help promote the cream of the crop we’ve got waiting for us this fall. Notables like Mayweather/Canelo, Bradley/Marquez, Pacquiao/Rios, Cotto’s return, and a potential Garcia/Matthysse bout (cross those fingers). Either way, the summer in boxing is a lot like waiting for your favorite TV Show to come back to air. But lucky for us boxing fans there are no series finales, just breaks.
– Alex Aviles
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