July 12th, 2012 By John Signorella
New York, NY- Another action packed boxing weekend is upon us, as always first; let’s delve into the storied attraction!
HBO DELIVERS AN ENTICING 140 POUND TITLE TILT
In an intriguing light welterweight (140) unification tiff, WBA champ Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) meets WBC strap carrier Danny Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) in a proposed 12 frame contest hosted at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, televised Saturday at 11 PM ET on HBO.
A MERE CON OR AMIR KHAN?
Three bouts removed from his exhilarating war against fierce scrapper Marcos Maidana in which Britain’s Amir Khan proved his “nay sayers” wrong in regard to his “heart” and chin, Khan returns to the spotlight for his sixth attempted title defense. Prior to his recent triumphs, Khan won his first 18 bouts, whacking out 14. Going into his 19th professional bout against unbeaten contender Breidis Prescott, the buzz was high for Amir to rise to prominence. However, Khan got starched by a right hand from Prescott and lasted just
54 seconds in the bout. Removed from the embarrassment against Prescott, Amir had won eight straight (3 KOs) and managed to pick up the WBA and IBF straps. That win streak was highlighted with victories over Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera (W TD 5), Paulie Malignaggi (W TKO 11), Zab Judah (KO 5) and the aforementioned Marcos Maidana (W UD 12). In his most recent encounter against Lamont Peterson, Khan lost via controversial unanimous decision. Postmortem, the two combatants were to rematch in the spring, however a pre-fight drug test failed by Peterson (due to detected steroid use) killed the scrap and rewarded Khan the belt he lost months prior. Come Saturday, an impressive win against Garcia could open the door for more lucrative paydays for Amir at 140 against Juan Manuel Marquez or Brandon Rios, or move up in weight and earn massive purses against world elite combatants such as Manny Pacquaio, Floyd Mayweather, and recent lottery winner Timothy Bradley.
WHO IS DANNY GARCIA ANYWAY?
Danny Garcia’s claim to fame in the world of pugilism came by way of a victory he recently achieved over fading former multi division champion and Mexican legend Erik Morales (W UD 12). Be that as it may, Danny has fought and beaten world class talented in Kendall Holt (SD 12) and Nate Campbell (W UD 12). Albeit, those previously mentioned wins were against aging warriors of the game as well; Garcia’s work ethic in all those affairs should not be undermined as he has potential to compete at a world class level and is in position to make some noise in the division if he can rise to the occasion Saturday against Khan.
EPIX RETURNS FOR THE SECOND WEEK IN A ROW WITH A HEAVY SHOW
Rival heavyweights David Haye (25-2, 23 KOs) and Dereck Chisora (15-3, 9 KOs) lace’em up to settle some beef that popped a few months back at a press conference after Chisora got spanked by Vitali Klitschko (L UD 12). Coverage for this scheduled 12 rounds of pound from London begins Saturday at 4:30 PM ET on Epix.
HAYE JUST TRYING TO EARN SOME PAY?
Unlike his counterpart, David Haye impressively burst out on the scene displaying a furious opus of carnage. Beginning his career as a cruiserweight (200), Haye wrecked shop by compiling an unbeaten record of 10-0 with 9 knockouts. In his 11th challenge, David laced up the gloves for a “crossroads” battle against savvy veteran Carl Thompson. In a bout which pitted experience versus youth, experience prevailed and resulted Thompson with a TKO victory in the fifth. In the aftermath, Haye fought on, valiantly winning nine in a row (8 by KO) and earned a shot at the title against Jean Marc Mormeck. Standing opposite of Mormeck, Haye out hustled and broke down the durable champion (W TKO 7). After winning Mormeck’s WBC and WBA trophies, Haye clashed with, and destroyed battle tested WBO king pin Enzo Maccarinelli (W KO 2) and became only the second man history to be undisputed champ at the weight class. After such accolade, Haye sought after bigger challenges and moved up to the heavyweight ranks. After just two fights, David picked up the WBA belt. Afterwards, Haye had defended his strap twice by knockout, but fell from grace and lost his established bravado in a one sided humbling ass beating against Wladmir Klitschko (L UD 12).
CHISORA AIN’T ALL THERE
An awkward dude to put it kindly, Dereck Chisora may be one of those pugs that boxes because he’s somewhat crazy and a bit “off” rather than do it for love of the game. In other words, he isn’t much of an athlete, but is a capable fighter of taking shots and hurt you. However, while an argument could be made for a win in favor of Chisora by his supporters due to Dereck’s demonstration of a solid chin and decent power in recent fights, it should also be taken into consideration that he lost to two “boxer type” battlers that don’t have half the skills Haye has and usually gets out pointed easily by those that have talent.
As per usual, the popular fight series “ESPN Friday Night Fights” kicks off the boxing weekend. Each installment of the decorated show features news, analysis of upcoming bouts, interviews, celebrity guests offering insight into the world of boxing, and competitive scraps. This week’s card showcases former light heavyweight (175) belt holder Glen Johnson (51-16-2, 35 KOs) pitted against hungry winner of 9 in a row by KO thug Andrzej Fonfara (21-2, 12 KOs) in a proposed 10 rounder from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois, Friday at 10 PM ET on ESPN 2.