SAN DIEGO, February 23, 2014 – Fight fans will need to start passing up Starbucks and save their pennies with four major pay per view events anchoring the Spring 2014 boxing schedule.
The pay per view parade gets started with Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo at the Alamodome in San Antonio March 8 on Showtime Boxing PPV. The Alamodome is practically Alvarez’s (42-1-0, 30 KOs) hometown venue. He’s wildly popular among Mexican and Mexican-American fans there. Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs) is a tough customer but not well-known outside hardcore boxing circles. He is coming off a TKO loss to Erislandy Lara.
Even with some good fights on the undercard, as a pay per view this one is a stretch. Be patient and hang onto your money for April 12, when Manny Pacquiao fights Timothy Bradley Junior at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on HBO Boxing PPV. It’s rematch of the much disputed split decision victory for Bradley. Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) wants to prove it wasn’t a fluke; Pacquiao (55-5-0, 38 KOs) wants the same, counting on a victory to erase this loss and put his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in the past. Fans hope they will see a PacMan victory setting up a long awaited fight with Floyd Mayweather. Dream on.
The boxing community was a-twitter over tweets by boxer Amir Khan claiming Marcos Maidana was in as Mayweather’s opponent in a bout on May 3, with Khan out of the mix. Despite Khan’s claims, both Mayweather and Maidana’s camps deny any kind of agreement has been reached.
UPDATE, Feb 25: Khan was right on the money about Money and Maidana. Mayweather confirmed Maidana as his opponent via Twitter on Monday, February 24.
But if you can only justify paying for one pay per view fight this spring, a case can be made for it being the middleweight contest between WBC title holder Sergio Martinez of Argentina against Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico on June 7 at Madison Square Garden on HBO PPV. It’s scheduled on Puerto Rican Day Parade Weekend in New York City.
MSG will be jam packed with Puerto Rican fans cheering for Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs), although Martinez (55-2-2, 28 KOs) will have supporters there too.
These fighters are two smart, hard-punching warriors who don’t particularly like each other. Cotto reportedly blew off Martinez face to face. A little honest personal friction can spice up an already promising fight. Both Martinez and Cotto are capable of winning with a single punch; both will need to guard against making a mistake. This is sure to be the most aggressive, action-packed bout of the spring pay per view offerings. Don’t miss out on this one.
Along with the marquee cards, there is plenty of action on the calendar. Among the highlights:
The spring 2014 boxing season gets started in earnest on March 1 on HBO Boxing with Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. (47-1-1, 32 KOs) versus Brian Vera (23-7-0, 14 KOs) in San Antonio, with Orlando Salido vs. Vasyl Lomachenko on the undercard. Both Chavez Jr. and Vera need wins to shore up their wobbly careers. JCC Jr. has been a disappointing performer, lacking the work ethic he needs to fight anywhere close to the level of his Hall of Fame father.
On March 29, hard punching light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) is in action in Atlantic City on HBO. His opponent, American Cedric Agnew (23-0-0, 13 KOs) is an undefeated but untested foe, and he’s likely to becoming the latest victim of Kovalev’s power. Don’t blink.
Perhaps the hardest puncher pound for pound across all weight classes in boxing, Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs), will fight on April 26 at Madison Square Garden on HBO. He hasn’t signed an opponent yet, but it looks likely to be Irish boxer Andy Lee (31-2, 22 KOs). Potential opponent American James Kirkland, may fight on the undercard, setting up a bout between Golovkin and Kirkland later in the year. Stay tuned.
Also on April 26, in Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3-0, 51 KOs) will fight Australian boxer Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs). Leapai is a Samoan native and a fan favorite in Australia. It’s a big deal for Australian boxing and something Leapai worked for since serving time in prison in 2006. He sings in a church choir, is raising a family of six kids and has worked side jobs to pay the bills between fights. He scored a surprise victory over Russian contender Denis Boytsov to earn this opportunity.
Even if you can’t blow $275 or so on all these bouts, you won’t miss out. Communities Digital News will begin our live boxing chats for all major events including the pay per view fights starting on March 8 with Alvarez vs. Angulo. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter for your reminders.
March 1, 2014
HBO, Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Brian Vera
Orlando Salido vs. Vasyl Lomachenko
(American TV TBA), Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, Scotland
Ricky Burns vs. Terence Crawford
March 8, 2014
Showtime PPV, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo
Leo Santa Cruz vs. Cristian Milares
Omar Figueroa vs. Richard Alvarez
Carlos Molina vs. Jermall Charlo
Jorge Linares vs. Nihito Arakawa
March 15, 2014
Showtime, Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Danny Garcia vs. Mauricio Herrera
Deontay Wilder vs. Malik Scott
Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Daniel Ponce de Leon
NBC Sports Network, Sands Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Tomasz Adamek vs. Vyacheslav Glazkov
Ronald Cruz vs. Kermit Cintron
Isaac Chilemba vs. Denis Grachev
March 29, 2014
HBO, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Sergey Kovalev vs. Cedric Agnew
April 12, 2014
HBO PPV, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley, Jr.
Khabib Allakhverdiev vs. Jessie Vargas
Raymundo Beltran vs. Roman Martinez
Bryan Vasquez vs. Jose Felix, Jr.
April 26, 2014
HBO, Madison Square Garden, New York
Gennady Golovkin vs. TBA (Andy Lee?)
American TV TBA, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Alex Leapai
May 3, 2014
Showtime PPV, MGM Grand Hotel
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Marcos Maidana
June 7, 2014
HBO PPV, Madison Square Garden, New York
Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinzez (catch weight)
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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