I am a boxing fan, overall before I start naming individual favorites. Always thought boxing was for us insiders, maybe I just didn't think inexperienced opinions mattered. Over the years, I've been educated. Girlfriends, co-workers, church mates, social media randoms, etc. They fall in that casual fan category. This article is more driven by my concerned for casual fan's investment well spent.
#MayCon is the big prize fighter hype, Floyd in the ring with Conor will be intersting, to say the least. Unfortunately, big money was not spread to promote more exciting fights. Skill wise, along with back stories that would have sold themselves. Early in the year, we had the rematch of Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev. The first match was definitely under-sold. Undefeated light heavyweights, pure boxer against knockout artist. Good Ol' USA and Russia classic.
Ward is one of the last Americans to win an Olympic gold medal, cleared every known super middleweight at the time. Moving up to 175 pounds to face the most feared puncher in the division. This was the beginning of those toe to toe, explosive bouts fight fan fans missed out on.
Ward Kovalev II
My next selection, I use the phrase "Mexican Shootout" to describe the bout. That is when you see a mostly flat footed match, yea all offense. In fact, these warriors happen to be Mexican. No one blocked much, nor got on the pedal to get away. Omar Figueroa Jr. had at least, a 17 month lay off, moved up in weight to take on veteran Robert Guerrero. Might be the most action packed, yet!
One of my favorite, so far is Adrien Broner vs Mikey Garcia. Similar to our previous match up, Garcia recently returned from a two year hiatus. Former featherweight champ, had two welcome back fights before his 140 pound debut with Broner. We're talking a marksman competing with the crafty style that once mirrored Flyd Mayweather Jr. True explanation of the term "Styles Make Fights".
Garcia VS Broner
My next two, haven't happened yet. One is booked for next month, the other is being avoided by promoters. The magnitude of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Gennady "Triple G" Golovkin is being totally unappreciated. Two fighter that have entire countries supporting them, not to mention USA. Saul, from Mexico, are some of their countries' biggest boxing stars in decades. Canelo has a knockout record of forty nine wins, a draw and his only lost was to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The best lost a welterweight could have, presently. He only corrected weaknesses and improved since. Triple G from Kazakhstan, in the other corner, hasn't faced near the same level of competition. You will still be impressed with what has done to his opponents. Another knockout artist, in thirty seven wins, they all have touch the canvas. Alvarez, a natural born phenom with no amateur matches. The Lebron James of boxing, if you would. Golovkin tried his hand in the amateurs and became the gold medalist. Their pro-careers have been stellar. Both boxers are highly skilled, plus powerful punchers with bad intention. This upcoming event won't go the distance.
Triple G And Canelo Knockouts
Now, for that avoided fight, which could be most explosive of the year. These two are the smallest, yet the more talented boxers around. This is becoming a trend in this feed, two gold medals, each. Both managing to capture world titles under twelve bouts. One controversial loss between them.
Vasil Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigonduex would be a perfect matchmaker. There is nothing they can't do in the ring. Maybe, except for getting hit. If you thought Pernell Whitaker and Mayweather Jr. played the game of "Hit And Not Get Hit" wait till you see these two.