Friday, July 27, 2007

Waiting for the Rain

The drought has not been as long as the absence of articles. But accept this as paying my syntax.

For now, the world of MMA and boxing has been fairly tranquil if not outright quiet. Sure there was the Bernard Hopkins-Winky Wright affair (Lunesta, anyone?) which was as dull as many predicted. But in a world where Michael Vick's alleged fighting pit bulls dominate headlines, only the hardest of hardcore fight fans even knew there was any boxing going on.

But the wait shall soon be over. As July exits, August brings the promise of a torrential down pour of kicks and punches. As in the beginning of every month, Showtime Championship boxing continues its tradition of a solid fight card every 1st Saturday of the month (better than none). August's first weekend features an intriguing can't miss rematch with Israel Vasquez vs. Rafael Marquez. Their first fight was a true barn burner featuring back and forth action, a knockdown and a badly broken nose which caused the fight to be stopped. Wonder what this fight will reproduce?

Also, the UFC will return on August 25th via PPV (oh well) with UFC 74: Respect, as Randy "The Natural" Couture takes on Gabriel Gonzaga for the UFC Heavyweight title and a come backing George St-Pierre will take on undefeated hotshot Josh Koscheck live from Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. My early picks are Couture by close decision and Pierre to return to his winning ways, if he regains his hunger, by a hard-fought decision.

And for a monsoon, wait a few more months.

(As reported on
Ricky Hatton is set to face recently retired, welterweight champion "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather, Jr. on December 8 in Las Vegas (according to a report by the Las Vegas Review Journal).

Via ESPN--shocking huh?--Antonio Tarver is set to face WBC light heavyweight champion "Bad" Chad Dawson on September 29.

And Miguel Cotto is set to face "Sugar" Shane Mosley on November 10 via PPV.

Let it pour.

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