Saturday, 14 July 2012

Saturday Night Boxing

Tonight sees two blockbuster matches involving British fighters.

First up is David Haye vs Dereck Chisora, this came about after February's Munich brawl following Chisora's points loss to Vitali Klitschko. This is Haye's comeback match after a very brief retirement, his last outing was a very disappointing world title unification defeat to Wladimir Klitschko. Chisora has lost his last two fights and will be desperate to get back on track here.

The brawl in Munich left a bad taste in everyone's mouth and resulted in Chisora losing his British boxing licence. The Luxembourg Boxing Federation then stepped in to sanction this fight, this led to legal disputes between the organisations over whether the Upton Park fight should even take place.

Lets focus on the boxing itself though and this is a fight that is drawing the interests of many, not least the Klitschko's. Haye is the big favourite here, he is the former world champion and has only lost twice in his career. Chisora has lost three matches which have all been title matches, Haye is quick for a Heavyweight and has plenty of power, Chisora can take a punch so I can see him losing on points.

The second fight of big British interest will see reinstated WBA Super Light Welterweight champion Amir Khan take on WBC Light Welterweight champion Danny Garcia. The American Garcia is unbeaten and faces his biggest test to date against Khan who has a major point to prove following the Lamont Peterson controversy. A Khan win would almost certainly see him move up a division and maybe a meeting with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

A Garcia win would also see his career move to the next level with maybe an attempt to clean up the whole division. Garcia's father has been mouthing off a lot in the build up to this match, we will soon see if that has had a positive or negative for his son.

I can see Khan winning this one, I can see his speed and power being too much for Garcia and I can't see him making the same mistakes he did against Peterson, Freddie Roach is too good a coach for that.     

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