Published: 31 August 2022
It became known what will be the hottest month in the boxing calendar
The main fights of September in boxing: Canelo - Golovkin 3, Ruiz - Ortiz, Joyce - Parker
Rais Alim - Mike Plania
19-0, 12 KOs / 26-1, 13 KOs
04.09. / Los Angeles, USA
What's at stake? Continental Americas title at 55.3 kg.
Why is this place in the top 10? Because in the full-time confrontation, representatives of the top 10 division will meet - the American Alim and the Filipino Plania.
The local favorite has a cool press. Fans and experts predict a great future for the prospect. But Alim's last fight (a controversial victory over Eduardo Baez) still left many questions.
The answers will come in a fight against the aggressive puncher Plania, who previously made his name with an upset in a fight with Joshua Greer.
Bookmakers are sure that the favorite will win, but it seems to us that the chances are extremely equal.
Prediction: Alim, controversial decision.
Ali Akhmedov - Gabriel Rosado
18-1, 14 KOs / 26-15-1, 15 KOs
17.09. / Las Vegas, USA
What's at stake? IBF North American title at 76.2 kg.
Why is this place in the top 10? GGG Promotions fighter Akhmedov from Kazakhstan made a decent record on “downed pilots”, but did not manage to raise the level of opposition - in December 2020, he lost by knockout in the 12th round to Carlos Gongora (they fought for the vacant world champion belt in the low-prestige version of IBO).
Since then, Akhmedov has two victories over obvious underdogs. The fighter regained confidence in his abilities, and therefore the level of opposition is again raised for him - he will fight with an elite gatekeeper from the United States, Gabriel Rosado.
Considering that the latter puts too much on his strike (because of which he is sometimes too passive), we assume that the favorite will sort out the underdog “on technique”.
Forecast: Akhmedov, a confident decision.
Arslanbek Makhmudov - Carlos Takam
14-0, 14 KOs / 39-6-1, 28 KOs
16.09. / Montreal, Canada
What's at stake? NABF title at +90.7 kg.
Why is this place in the top 10? Because the Russian prospect Makhmudov, playing for Canada, will meet for the first time with an opponent who can fly in - a veteran from France, Takam.
I wonder what form the underdog is in now - he has already exchanged his fifth decade and has not entered the ring for more than 12 months. If we assume that the Frenchman will be the same as in the last fight (lost by TKO 6 to Joe Joyce), then his chances of upsetting the clumsy big man are very high.
We believe that Takam will control the course of the fight until the equator, but then his gas tank will be empty, and the veteran will lose the initiative. It is possible that he will lose ahead of schedule.
Forecast: Makhmudov, late ahead of schedule (if by decision, then controversial).
Jesse Rodriguez - Israel Gonzalez
16-0, 11 KOs / 28-4-1, 11 KOs
17.09. / Las Vegas, USA
What's at stake? WBC title at 52.2 kg.
Why is this place in the top 10? Because the American wunderkind Rodriguez burst into the elite of the cool second flyweight division very quickly, beating the most experienced ex-world champions Carlos Cuadras and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.
At first glance, the fight with the Mexican Gonzalez is an intermediate defense with an attempt to increase its recognition in the fan community (the fight will be held as an opening act for Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin).
But do not rush to write off the underdog, because in recent years he has lost only to world champions - Jervin Ancajas, Khalid Yafai and Roman Gonzalez. It is noteworthy that with each subsequent attempt to take the belt, he looked better and better.
Forecast: Rodriguez, by decision (approximately 9:3 in rounds).
Clarissa Shields - Savannah Marshall
12-0, 2 KOs / 12-0, 10 KOs
10.09. / London, Great Britain
What's at stake? WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO titles at 72.6 kg.
Why is this place in the top 10? Because this is one of the greatest fights in the history of women's boxing.
Two-time Olympic champion and professional record holder, the incomparable American Shields will go to visit the British Marshall and try to become the absolute middleweight champion once again.
An additional highlight of the confrontation is the fact that the Briton is the only one who managed to beat Shields in the amateur ring. It was 10 years ago at the World Cup.
Whose will take? Shields technique or boxing a la Tyson Fury from Marshall? We take a chance with the forecast...
Prediction: Marshall, by decision (and will also drop the American during the battle).
Lee Wood - Mauricio Lar
26-2, 16 KOs / 24-2-1, 17 KOs
24.09. / Nottingham, UK
What's at stake? WBA World title at 57.2 kg.
Why is this place in the top 10? Honestly? In terms of potential, this is the toughest, bloodiest, uncompromising fight of the month, and, possibly, of the year. Take our word for it - you should not miss this cut in any case.
Local champion Wood abruptly restarted his career with coach Ben Davidson: he took the title from Xu Chan, and then brutally knocked out mandatory challenger (Olympic medalist, amateur world champion) Michael Conlan.
Mexican challenger Lara was set to become world champion in 2021 when he knocked out IBF belt holder Josh Warrington in the UK. No luck - he lost the title shortly before the fight (due to refusing to fight with the mandatory challenger).
Fans and reviewers joke about this fight in the style of: "I don't know shit about boxing if this massacre lasts more than 4 rounds."
Forecast: Lara, ahead of schedule (to the equator).
Shakur Stevenson – Robson Conceição
18-0, 9 KOs / 17-1, 8 KOs
23.09. / Newark, USA
What's at stake? WBC and WBO titles at 59 kg.
Why is this place in the top 10? Because the American champion Stevenson, in terms of his potential, is not just a world pound fighter, but a contender for the top five of this list.
An amazing techie with perfect defense, very fast hands, the highest IQ, divine reflexes and timing.
Who can beat this? Well, maybe some cool guy from amateur boxing. For example, the Olympic champion from Brazil Conceição.
If you like boxing chess, then this fight is just what the doctor ordered.
Forecast: Stevenson, by decision (approximately 9:3 in rounds).
Andy Ruiz Jr - Luis Ortiz
34-2, 22 KOs / 33-2, 28 KOs
04.09. / Los Angeles, USA
What's at stake? WBC eliminator at +90.7 kg.
Why is this place in the top 10? Because heavyweight. And not just a duel of big men. A fight between two fighters from the top 10 division.
The American-Mexican Ruiz is the same dude who upset (and not just upset, but beat and premature) the champion Anthony Joshua and for half a year (before the mediocre rematch) was the owner of the WBA Super, IBF and WBO belts.
Cuban veteran Ortiz is the same guy who twice came close to taking the WBC belt from puncher Deontay Wilder, but lost both times ahead of schedule.
Ruiz is younger, he has amazingly fast hands, but an incurable habit of finding problems out of the blue (both in the ring and in life). He is insanely talented, but also undisciplined.
Ortiz is a highly trained southpaw. Able to cut the corners of the ring, high fighting IQ, powerful blow, composure. The problem of the Cuban - age - in the last match held, the footwork disappeared. If it is irrevocable, then his chances are much lower than the bookmakers believe.
Prediction: Ruiz, ahead of schedule to the equator (but how you want Ortiz to give a fight like Zhang Zhilei vs Filip Hrgovic)
Joe Joyce – Joseph Parker
14-0, 13 KOs / 30-2, 21 KOs
24.09. / Manchester, UK
What's at stake? WBC Silver and WBO Intercontinental titles at +90.7 kg.
Why is this place in the top 10? Another fight among the elite heavyweights. And the winner will receive the 3rd position in the vRINGe rating as a reward .
The fight is also a qualifying one, because the first two WBO numbers will converge in it - the Olympic medalist from Britain Joyce and the former world champion from New Zealand Parker.
Both have something to take on an opponent: agility, defense, Parker's ability to box at close range against Joyce's incredible workrate for a heavyweight.
Who will win? And how do we know? ..)
Prediction: Joyce, controversial decision.
Saul Alvarez - Gennady Golovkin
57-2-2, 39 KOs / 42-1-1, 37 KOs
17.09. / Las Vegas, USA
What's at stake? WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO titles at 76.2 kg.
Why is this place in the top 10? Because this is a classic confrontation that will go down in boxing history - Kazakhstani Golovkin against Mexican Alvarez.
The two previous fights took place in 2017-2018 and took place in the middleweight division. In the first champion, Golovkin was supposed to celebrate a well-deserved victory, but was satisfied with a draw. Canelo drew conclusions and had a rematch much better - he interrupted his opponent “on a thin one”.
Alvarez will make his debut defense of the title of absolute super middleweight champion, and Golovkin has never boxed in this weight before.
The Kazakhstani has exchanged his fifth decade and is approaching the fight in the status of an obvious underdog. But the main question is how Canelo will enter the ring after losing to Russian light heavyweight Dmitry Bivol boxing for Kyrgyzstan?
Prediction: Canelo, early (around 8th round).
What else is cool in September?
Juan Francisco Estrada (42-3, 28 KOs) - Archi Cortes (23-2-2, 10 KOs) / for the WBC Franchise title in 52.2 kg
Hector Flores (20-0-4, 10 KOs) - Sivenati Nontshinga (10-0, 9 KOs) / for the IBF title in 49 kg
Liam Smith (31-3-1, 18 KOs ) - Hassan Mwakinyo (20-2, 14 KOs ) / 12 rounds at 69.9 kg
Isaac Cruz (23-2-1, 16 KOs ) - Eduardo Ramirez (27-2-3, 12 KOs ) / for the WBC Silver title at 61.2 kg
Jose Valenzuela (12-0, 8 KOs ) - Jesril Corrales (26-4, 10 KOs ) / for the 61.2 kg Continental Americas title
Michaela Mayer (17-0, 5 KOs ) - Alicia Baumgardner (12-1, 7 KOs ) / for WBC, IBF and WBO titles in 59 kg
Amanda Serrano (42-2-1, 30 KOs) - Sara Mahfud (11-0, 3 KOs) / for WBC, IBF and WBO titles at 57.2 kgTop fights of September with the participation of immigrants from the post-Soviet space
Sergey Vorobyov (18-1, 12 KOs) - Lucas Ndafoluma (19-3, 10 KOs) / 10 rounds at 69.9 kg
Dmitry Asanov (3-0, 2 KOs) - Robin Zamora (17-15, 8 KOs) / 8 rounds at 61.2 kg
Aro Matevosyan (15-0, 9 KOs) - Joni Navarrete Montano (35-17-2, 15 KOs) / for the IBF Inter-Continental title in 61.2 kg
Elnur Samedov (14-1, 5 KOs) - Moussa Golam (19-0, 12 KOs) / 10 rounds in 61.2 kg
Zaur Abdullaev (15-1, 9 KOs) - Giovanni Straffon (24-4-1, 17 KOs) / 10 rounds at 61.2 kg
Davronbek Kurbonov (4-0, 4 KOs) - Tkhoedsak Sinam (17-9, 14 KOs) / for the WBC Asian Silver title in 79.4 kg
Andrey Sirotkin (20-2-1, 7 KOs) - Abilkhayr Shegaliev (8-0-1, 4 KOs) / 10 rounds in 72.6 kg
Otar Eranosyan (11-0, 6 KOs) - TVA / 8 rounds at 59 kg
Murad Aliyev (4-0, 2 KOs) - Pavel Sour (15-11, 10 KOs) / 8 rounds in +90.7 kg
Sergey Novikov (11-0, 11 KOs) - TBA / 10 rounds at 90.7 kg
Hussein Baysangurov (20-1, 18 KOs) - Julius Indongo (24-6, 13 KOs) / 10 rounds in 66.7 kg
Vitaly Petryakov (13-0, 10 KOs) - Roberto Arrias (19-3, 14 KOs) / 10 rounds at 66.7 kg
Artysh Lopsan (8-1-1, 5 KOs) - Luvuyo Sizani (6-0, 3 KOs) / 10 rounds at 76.2 kg