The second half of the calendar year is off to a good start, with the first half bringing a number of memorable sporting events – the Super Bowl, the Men’s and Women’s March of Madness, the NBA Finals, Wimbledon, etc
And although discussions around these sports have simmered over the seasons, the sweet science that is professional boxing remains a topic of conversation.
Rumors of a Floyd Mayweather vs. Connor McGregor Pt. 2 are starting to circulate. A Bud Crawford-Errol Spence Jr. fight seems inevitable at this point. And maybe, just maybe, Tyson Fury will come out of retirement to reignite the magic in the heavyweight division.
While all the speculation looms, there are some really big fights locked up in the meantime. Here are five fights in August that are worth listening to.
All odds via Tipico.
Amanda Serrano (42-2-1) hasn’t fought since her epic fight with Katie Taylor in April of this year. Serrano lost the fight via split decision, but honestly, we were all winners for witnessing the entertaining and beautiful boxing display the two put on.
Serrano will face Brenda Karen Carabajal (19-5-1), an admirable opponent, but who shouldn’t stand a chance against a fighter like Serrano. Maybe this is the warm-up for a Serrano-Taylor sequel?
Unless you’re into boxing, you’ve probably never heard of these two names before. Vergil Ortiz Jr. (18-0) is next and wanted to fight Errol Spence Jr., but the 24-year-old will have to wait and instead fight Michael McKinson, another undefeated young fighter.
Early odds (at Tipico Sportsbook) have Ortiz at -2000 to win the fight, leaving McKinson at +700. So, there is a clear indication of who should win this fight.
Although father and son share the name, they don’t necessarily share the same boxing pedigree. But to be fair, Rahman Jr. is a professional boxer, which is the kind of fighter Paul has yet to face.
There are honestly a lot of unknowns as to what to expect. So we’ll just have to wait and see how it all pans out.
Looks like it’s been a long time since Teofimo Lopez backflinked the ring after a unanimous decision win over Vasiliy Lomachenko to become the undisputed lightweight champion of the world. Well, that’s because it’s been almost two years. And the time between now and then hasn’t been kind to Lopez.
- He caught COVID and had to postpone his fight against George Kambosos.
- When he and Kambosos finally fought, Lopez was overpowered.
Now, with his stock at rock bottom, Lopez will have the opportunity to remind the sport of who he is when he takes on Pedro Campa in Las Vegas.
Anthony Joshua has two losses on his CV. He bounced back from the first (a TKO loss to Andy Ruiz) with a win. Now, after losing in 12 rounds to Oleksandr Usyk, will he have the same kind of rebound performance?
Usyk does, however, have an undefeated record and some big wins under his belt. He will rightfully come into this August rematch as a (-210) favorite in a fight which, if he wins, should set him up for a big fight with someone like Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder if they win. continue their boxing career.