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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Top 10 fights for the rest of 2009

In light of the boxing lull right now, I am going to play amateur matchmaker and give you my top 10 fights that can be made this year. Keep in mind that Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, a host of super middleweights and others will not be included because of current fight obligations. All of the fighters on my list have nothing scheduled as of the date of this column. Here you go:

Number 10. Tomasz Adamek v. Steve Cunningham. Adamek's split decision victory over Cunningham in December added a little bit of drama to what may well be the weakest division in boxing. They should fight one more time and then consider moving up to the second weakest division in boxing, heavyweight.

Number 9. Sergio Martinez v. Kermit Cintron. Most observers thought that Martinez won the first fight and Cintron is coming off a nice win over Alfredo Angulo. Time to throw down again boys.

Number 8. Ricky Hatton v Amir Khan. Okay, this is the one that I'm going to get the most comments on, which I understand, but hear me out. There comes a time when a closure fight is needed. Khan is not a big knockout artist and he is a British subject. This fight is a good one for Hatton to say good-bye to the sport on his home turf. After Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Pacquiao, Hatton fans deserve a final home game.

Number 7. Vitali Klitschko v. Eddie Chambers. I have a furrowed brow about this one too, but the older Klitschko isn't going to fight his brother and David Haye is now going to fight Nikolay Valuev.

Number 6. Chris Arreola v. Wladimir Klitschko. HBO can broadcast it and do a co-featured main event with the other fight being Vitali Klitschko v. Eddie Chambers. Listen, the K brothers need to be tested and we have to learn if Chambers and Arreola are for real or merely Calvin Brock impersonators.

Number 5. Celestino Caballero v. Juan Manuel Lopez. There are many other names that I prefer to put in front of JuanMa, but this would be a Ring Championship fight at junior featherweight. Anyone else but me notice that The Ring has only six champions for the seventeen divisions in boxing? I understand that Lopez has a fight scheduled in September, but he is young and can squeeze this one in before the year is out.

Number 4. Israel Vazquez v. Rafael Marquez. If there can be a clause in the contract that neither man will die in the ring or suffer any subsequent disability, then why not let the two warriors give us a fourth fight? If Marquez wins, then tee it up a fifth and final war.

Number 3. Shane Mosley v. Joshua Clottey. Cotto is unavailable and it is highly unlikely that Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will fight anyone but Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao in 2009. Sugar Shane needs to stay active and Clottey can hang with anyone at 147.

Number 2. Kelly Pavlik v. Paul Williams. Arthur Abraham would be the ideal choice to fight Pavlik, but Abraham grew tired of waiting for him. Since Abraham has officially moved to super middleweight, and with Pavlik showing an interest in junior middleweights, then fight Paul Williams. Somebody fight Paul Williams!

Number 1. Michael Katsidis v. Edwin Valero. Katsidis' heart is bigger than his skill level and Valero has knocked out everyone who has stood in front of him. 2009 Fight of the Year candidate, easy.

There is my 2009 wish list. Tell me yours.

Source: http://www.examiner.com/x-8370-Boxing-Examiner~y2009m7d23-Top-10-fights-for-the-rest-of-2009

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